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Interfaith...

On Wednesday February 8th, Sacred Heart University and Peace Islands Institute of CT hosted Interfaith Conference with the theme “Sacred Texts that Unite and Divide” from the perspective of the three Aabrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. After a brief introduction by Dr. Michelle Loris, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences of Sacred […]

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PII Statement...

New Jersey (February 3, 2017) – Peace Islands Institute (PII) is fundamentally committed to universal values that emphasize the inherent dignity of every human person. As an organization committed to peace, democracy and human rights, PII believes the temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim- majority nations, including a ban on the immigration of […]

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PII Condemns...

December 15, 2016 Peace Islands Institute Condemns Terrorist Attack in Egypt, Sends Condolences to Cairo Peace Islands Institute condemns the horrendous terrorist attack that took place at the Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, on December 11, killing 25 people and injuring 49, most of whom were women and children. These attacks represent crimes against […]

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PII deepest...

Dec 4, 2016 Peace Islands Institute deepest condolences the victims of the deadly fire in Oakland, California Our condolences and prayers to the victims, their families, and people that were injured in Oakland Warehouse Fire on Saturday Searchers have recovered at least 24 bodies from a fire-ravaged warehouse in Oakland that housed artist studios and […]

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PII strongly...

The Peace Islands Institute condemns the horrifying shootings of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin from the Al Furkan Jame Mosque in Queens on August 13, 2016. As an institution that strives to promote peace and understanding among different faiths and cultures, it is incredibly saddening for us to witness acts of violence that work […]

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PII strongly...

The Peace Islands Institute (PII) strongly condemns the serial horrific terrorist attacks in Germany and then in Kabul, Afghanistan. We’d like to state that we stand united with the people of Germany and Afghanistan and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We’ve released too many of similar press releases […]

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Statement by...

July 15, 2016 Statement by Alliance for Shared Values on Developments in Turkey News media reported about developments in Turkey today regarding actions of Turkish Armed Forces. For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy. We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics. These are […]

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Peace Islands...

Our Prayers and condolences to the victims and their families of the horrendous attack in Nice, France. The Peace Islands Institute strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Nice. We stand united with the people of France and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We send our most sincere […]

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PII Statement...

As PII, we are deeply saddened by the unfortunate events that recently appalled our nation, and we mourn for the innocent individuals and for the officers who were killed while doing their sacred duties for the people of this country. Gun violence has been the main reason for many tragedies lately, and as the PII […]

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NJ Annual...

Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its ninth annual awards dinner June 2 at the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, paying tribute to New Jersey residents whose noteworthy lives and careers have made a positive impact in the Garden State. Ercan Tozan, executive director of PII’s New Jersey chapter, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their […]

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UN Interfaith...

United Nations Delegates Dining Room | 15 June 2016 The first Iftar Dinner of 2016 was given at the United Nations by Peace Islands Institute and the Journalists & Writers Foundation. The Iftar dinner gathered members of different faith communities to give a message of peace, harmony, and solidarity to the whole world. Despite conflicts […]

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PII Statement...

June 28, 2016 – The Peace Islands Institute strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Istanbul. We stand united with the people of Turkey and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We send our most sincere condolences to the families of those who have died and the Turkish people. […]

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PII Statement...

PII Statement on Orlando Shooting June 12, 2016 – We condemn the horrifying mass shooting in Florida this morning that left more than 50 dead and injured many more. This act of terror is an attack on our common humanity and values. It is more important than ever to stand in solidarity against violence, hate, […]

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Balkans Panel 3...

Balkans Panel 3: The Diversity in the Balkans The Promotion of Culture of Peace After suffering years of war, Balkans is now the target of international efforts to reconstruct and democratize culturally divided societies. The global community’s strategy is focused on NGOs, media and youth in building peaceful and cohesive societies in the Balkans. In […]

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14th...

14th International Festival of Language and Culture Colors of the World United Nations ECOSOC Chamber | 29 April 2016 Giving a voice to young people, encouraging the youth to promote the different cultures and world languages to build a sustainable peace is indispensable to achieve the sustainable development globally. As the leaders of tomorrow, the […]

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Youth...

On April 27, 2016, the members of Peace Islands Insitute Youth Academy attended an interfaith Passover Seder at the Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge where youth groups of three Abrahamic faith traditions came together to learn more about each other’s background. The evening kicked off with several icebreaker games that allowed the kids to […]

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Interfaith...

On April 29, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith Affairs organized Islamic – Jewish Interfaith Dialogue Dinner with a goal of creating more understanding and building bridges between people of different faiths. Representatives from the Peace Islands Institute joined the community of Temple Ner Tamid of Bloomfield. The evening began with an interfaith Shabbat service and […]

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7th Annual...

Two local women were honored for their local and international relief work at the 7th annual Value of Women in Our Community program, sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute (PII) and the JFK Medical Center’s Pastoral Care Department on Sunday, May 1st. Kavitha Thukkaram, M.D., was recognized for her work at JFK Medical Center’s Haven […]

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Fountain Talk...

PII Upstate NY in Rochester organized a Fountain Talk Series on the topic of “Combatting Extremism Cancer” with the partnership of SUNY Geneso, and Fountain Magazine on March 2nd at the State University of New York in Geneseo.,” Talk was given by Hakan Yesilova, chief editor of Fountain Magazine. Programs are Inspired from the lead […]

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Friendship...

On April 24, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers joined the Ponds Reformed Church of Oakland for a Friendship Gathering in efforts to form bridges between the two communities. The members of the congregation got to know more about the Peace Islands Institute after watching the video presentation on the works of the […]

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Visit from...

On April 20, 2016, PII hosted the clergy and congregation members of two neighboring churches, Union Congregational Church and First Congregational Church of Montclair. The group came along with their youth group. Both adults and youth watched a video that explains the activities of PII followed by a Turkish dinner. Both the youth and adults […]

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Friendship...

On April 17, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers joined the Ponds Reformed Church of Oakland for a Friendship Gathering in efforts to form bridges between the two communities. The members of the congregation got to know more about the Peace Islands Institute after watching the video presentation on the works of the […]

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7th Annual...

The Peace Islands Institute (PII) organized its 7th annual Friendship and Awards Dinner at the Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel on Thursday, April 14th. The turnout for the event was spectacular thanks to our distinguished guests, including legislators, peace activists, policy advisers, community leaders, and academicians from a variety of fields. The event was hosted by […]

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Clergy share...

Rabbi, minister, imam discuss combatting religious extremists by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer April 20, 2016 Quotations from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scriptures mixed easily with personal reflections as a Conservative rabbi, a Muslim imam, and a Lutheran minister joined together April 14 at Drew University in Madison for a lunchtime discussion on “Religion as […]

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Abraham’s...

On April 14, PII Center for Interfaith, in association with Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, hosted a forum to discuss “Religion as a Source of Peace.” The gathering was part of PII’s ongoing “Abraham’s Table” luncheon series, which addresses a range of topics of interfaith dialogue and local/international peace outreach efforts. Featured […]

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Church welcomes...

On Sunday, Feb. 7, the Pascack Reformed Church of Park Ridge welcomed visitors from Peace Island Institute. Founded in 2003 as an interfaith dialogue forum, the institute’s mission is to create understanding and peace among individuals of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. By striving to create ‘islands of peace’ around the world, the institute seeks […]

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Annual...

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This award is a call to increase my work in human rights, said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro receiving the Statesperson of the year award. “Your goals,” said DeLauro, “ are my goals regarding human rights.” DeLauro received the award from Peace Islands for her work advocating for human rights and fight against […]

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Friendship...

On April 10, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers joined the First Reformed Church of Little Falls for a Friendship Gathering in efforts to form bridges between the different communities in the neighborhood. The members of the congregation got to know more about the Peace Islands Institute after watching the video presentation on […]

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Friendship...

On April 10, 2016, Peace Islands Insitute and Hackensack United Methodist Church organized a Friendship Gathering to bring together the members of the congregation and their neighbors from different backgrounds and cultures. PII volunteers attended the Sunday Service that began around 10am, followed by fellowship hour where they got to meet and socialize. We also […]

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Theology of...

On Wednesday March 2nd, The Nazareth College’s Hickey Center hosted a Panel on” Theology of Violent Extremism and Counter Theology in Islam.” The panel was co-sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute of Rochester, Ny. The event consisted of three guest speakers, Dr. Thomas Gibson, Dr. Sharon Murphy, and Mr. Hakan Yesilova. The event talked about […]

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The Perceptions...

AMBASSADORS SERIES 2016 The Perceptions of the SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS in Europe and the Unite States [March 23, 2016, New York] The Syrian refugee crisis has had effects that go beyond the Middle East and become a global issue that can only be solved through international cooperation among countries. Peace Islands Institute’s Ambassadors Series 2016: “The […]

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“Islam&...

On March 24, 2016, Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith Affairs hosted Dr. Zeki Saritoprak for luncheon series on his recently published book “Islam’s Jesus.” Dr. Saritoprak is a professor of Islamic Studies and Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair at John Carroll University. Saritoprak started off by highlighting the little-known facts about Jesus’s place in the […]

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Women`s Social...

Commission on the Status of Women | 60th Session | Side-Event Women`s Social Lives and Changing Values in the Middle East: Beyond the Framework of Religion, Culture and Tradition On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) Peace Islands Institute and Nittokai Turkey Japan Cultural Dialog Society organized a side-event entitled […]

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Empowerment of...

Commission on the Status of Women | 60th Session | Side-Event Empowerment of Women in Decision-Making Positions – She4All On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), Peace Islands Institute, the Journalists and Writers Foundation, Eringerfeld Educational Institution, and the Friede Dialogue Institute organized a side-event entitled “Empowerment of women […]

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Empowering...

Commission on the Status of Women | 60th Session | Side-Event Empowering Women Refugees for Successful Integration into the United States Society through Quality Education The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)`s theme was women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. The current refugee crisis around the world and […]

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The Preventive...

The Preventive Role of Culture in Women’s Empowerment: Possibilities and Challenges On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), Peace Islands Institute, The Journalists and Writers Foundation, UN Women Liberia, Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, The Rainbow Intercultural Dialogue Center and the Thailand Achievement Institute collaborated to organize a side-event entitled “The Preventive […]

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Fethullah Gulen...

Fethullah Gulen Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan and Extends Condolences to Relatives of Victims. I have learned with grief about the horrible terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan that took 70 lives, majority of whom women and children, and injured over three hundred people on a children’s playground. I condemn this attack in the […]

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Human...

Commission on the Status of Women | 60th Session | Side-Event Human Trafficking as a Form of Violence Against Girls and Women On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) Peace Islands Institute (PII), the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN OICT), and Arigatou […]

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Local Educators...

SOMERSET, NJ — On March 18, 2016, the Sixth Annual Educators’ Appreciation Day program was held at the Franklin Township Community Senior Center. Co-organized by Peace Islands Institute and the Turkish Cultural Center of New Jersey, the event recognized local educators for their exemplary leadership, their learner-centered pedagogy, and their consistent respect for diversity and […]

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Art &...

Dear Educators and Students, Peace Islands Institute announces its 5th Annual Art & Essay Contest for the middle and high school students in the State of New Jersey. Since its inception in 2010 PII’s Art & Essay contest for grades 6-12 has reached a prominent number of submissions each year. The board later decided to […]

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Message of...

As Peace Islands Institute, we forcefully condemn the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels. We stand united with the people of Belgium as well as the EU. As people who believe in the cause of peace and understanding, we believe that we need solidarity and cooperation to fight against the extremist violence more than ever. We […]

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Interfaith...

Gathering in friendship over food breaks down barriers. Before dinner, from left, Barnert’s Rabbi Elyse Frishman, Imam Moutaz and Ammar Charaf, both of the Elzahra Islamic Center in Midland Park; Rabbi Daniel Freelander, president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism; Rev. Kathryn L. King of St. Albans Episcopal Church and Rev. Lou Kilgore of […]

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Retreat Camp...

The PA branch of Peace Islands Institute invited its Advisory Board members and other close friends to the first ever retreat camp held February 25-26, 2016 in Bethlehem, PA. This camp was well attended by at least 20 guests, along with guest speakers from Alliance for Shared Values, PA Turkish Cultural Center, Peace Islands Institute […]

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Friendship...

On March 6th, 2016, volunteers of Peace Islands Institute in New Jersey organized yet another Friendship Gathering with First Congregational Church of Montclair to foster mutual understanding and lasting relationships between Muslim and Christian communities. The volunteers brought their families and attended regular morning Service at the Church. Later, they stayed for Fellowship hour to […]

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Mother Tongue:...

On the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, PII’s Center for Global Affairs in partnership with UNESCO Center for Global Education and the Journalists & Writers Foundation organized a roundtable discussion entitled “Mother Tongue: A Panacea for SDGs #4 & Global Agenda 2030” on March 1, 2016. Mr. Mehmet Kilic, Director of Center for […]

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Public Service...

The Peace Islands Institute Syracuse chapter (PIIS) in collaboration with Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse (TCCS) held Public Service Award Dinner on February 25, 2015 at Syracuse, a gathering to celebrate the members of the public service departments that bravely serve the people of Syracuse. Award recipient was honored for their courageous efforts and cited […]

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Friendship...

On February 28th, Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith representatives organized another Friendship Gathering at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church. Members attended service and stayed for fellowship hour to build new friendships.

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Celebrating...

On February 23, 2016, PII organized Black History Luncheon to celebrate and commemorate the importance of black history. Our keynote speaker was Bruce Davis, the Chairman of Economic Development from NAACP New Jersey State Conference. Mr. Davis highlighted the importance of Black History and the hardships that the African Americans had to endure through their […]

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Third Annual...

On Tuesday, February 16th, Sacred Heart University hosted the Third Annual Interfaith Conference with the theme of “Sacred Texts that Unite and Divide” from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives. The panel was organized with the collaboration of Peace Islands Institute, Connecticut, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Respect Graduate School, and Fountain Magazine. Dr. Ayse Kubra Coskun from […]

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Friendship...

On February 21, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers joined the United Methodist Church in Madison for a Friendship Gathering. Fatma Demirbas, PII representative was the lenten speaker and gave a presentation on the importance of fostering interfaith dialogue and understanding. After service hours, volunteers joined the congregation members for fellowship time and […]

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Friendship...

On February 21, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers organized Friendship Gathering at the Union Congregational Church in Montclair. During coffee hour, one of the PII representatives gave a brief presentation on the interfaith activities that Peace Islands Institute organizes. .    

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Interfaith...

One of the Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialog series was held at the BHBI of Rochester on January 23rd. First movie screening of this series was screened with the co sponsorship of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth David, and Temple Beth Am and Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The film viewed is called “Arranged” about a young […]

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7th Annual...

Daemen Colleged Hosted the PII Buffalo Chapter’s 7th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony. PII Upstate NY, Buffalo Chapter and TCC Buffalo organized its Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony in Buffalo on Nov. 11, 2015. Leaders from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region gathered at the Daemen College at the Dinner that promotes diversity, unity […]

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Interfaith...

On February 13, 2016, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Peace Islands Institute New Jersey (PIINJ) organized an interfaith movie night featuring an excerpt from the documentary Love is a Verb. More than a dozen Christians and Muslims attended the event, which was hosted by Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Martinsville, New Jersey. Attendees watched […]

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Homeless Lunch...

New Haven, Connecticut – The volunteers from Peace Islands Institute (PII) and Turkish Cultural Center (TCC) at Connecticut joined to the Sunday Homeless Lunch tradition of the Trinity Church on the New Haven Green, which is celebrating its 200th year in these days. The event took place at the New Haven green. After performing a […]

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Friendship...

On February 7, 2016, Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith Affairs members organized a “Friendship Gathering” with Pascack Reformed Church of Park Ridge, NJ. PII members attended the Sunday service and brought several dishes from Turkish cuisine to be shared during coffee hour. It was a great opportunity for community members to get to know […]

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Friendship...

On Sunday, January 31, members of both Muslim and Jewish communities came together for Friendship Gathering at Temple Avodat Shalom co-organized by Peace Islands Insitute. The guests were seated in mixed with members of both communities. Every table had a list of questions to incite conversations. The attendees watched a video presentation on Peace Islands […]

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2016 Civil...

Peace Islands Institute (PII) co-sponsored and TccPenn The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ (PLBC) 2016 Civil Rights Achievement Award Ceremony Peace Islands Institute (PII) co-sponsored and TccPenn The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ (PLBC) 2016 Civil Rights Achievement Award Ceremony on Saturday, January 16th. The ceremony took place at the African American Museum in Center City, Philadelphia […]

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Mayor Kenny...

On Wednesday, January 6, PII joined the Religious Leaders Council which held an Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Gathering for Mayor Jim Kenney. The event was hosted at The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia. The clergy shared their sacred texts, music, and prayers for the new mayor and elected officials of Philadelphia.the gathering drew more than […]

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Abraham’s...

On January 25, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith Affairs organized Abraham’s Interfaith Lunch jointly with Rev. Jeff Markay from Chatham United Methodist Church on the topic of “Peace Makers in the 21st Century”. The speakers representing each faith shared the lives of peacemakers of their tradition. Rabbi Dem Smith from Temple Or Ha Lev, Reverend […]

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