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Embracing Sorrow

Embracing Peace
Join Valley Beth Shalom,
Adat Ari El and Stephen Wise Temple
for an evening with
The Parents Circle Families Forum

Monday, March 30, 2015

7:30 p.m. at VBS
Guest Speakers:
Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin
The Parents Circle Families Forum is a joint Israeli-Palestinian
organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families, whose
common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the IsraeliArab conflict. Instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of
reconciliation. Come hear the stories of Robi and Bassam. Learn how
they have channeled their grief into the pursuit of peace.
Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel and
starting a family. Her son David, a peace activist and a member of the IDF reserves, was
killed by a Palestinian sniper. Since then, she has dedicated her life to ending the violence
and to creating a collaborative, formal truth and reconciliation process.

Bassam Aramin was sent to Israeli prison as a 17-year-old for his role in the Palestinian
resistance. After seven years there, he started questioning the value of armed resistance.
Since his release, he has refused to pick up arms, even when, his 10-year-old daughter,
Abir, was killed by an Israeli soldiers rubber bullet on her way home from school. He is just
completing his Ph.D. in Holocaust Studies.

Hosted by
Joshua Hoffman
Deborah Silver
Ron Stern

15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91436

(818) 788-6000 | www.vbs.org