Abraham's Path Initiative

The growing tension between the Western world and the Muslim world is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. In 2004 negotiating expert William Ury ventured to create a project with the scope and vision to shift the dynamics of this conflict and provide civil society with a concrete role to play in that process. There is an old saying that some conflicts are so difficult that only a story can heal them. The story of Abraham or Ibrahim, a 4,000-year-old story shared by more than 3 billion people - Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the world today - has that power. In a place often seen as one of the most divided regions in the world, there is a path pointing to our greater unity -...
Jul 21, 2010

A new generation of bridge builders

Frisbee on the path
Frisbee on the path

A deep thank you to everyone who contributed to send students from Colorado to walk Abraham's Path. This was the youngest group to ever walk the path, but also one of the most innovative. The students had no trouble connecting with communities, making the extra effort to bring Frisbees, jump ropes, cards and photos, which endeared them to the communities they visited during their trip. They walked with Palestinian students the same age and are now raising money to bring one of the students to visit them in Colorado. They're now working with the hip hop group, the Flobots to write slam poetry about their trip.

From one of the students:

What an amazing trip. We saw so many things, went so many places, met so many people, it was an incredible experience. All the days were packed with stuff to do. Now, is my time to fully absorb it and look back and try to completely understand everything we experienced. I'm still doing this, even after a week back home. I probably will always have something new to realize about this trip even when I'm old, with gray hair. Yesterday someone asked me how the trip was, then went on to ask me what my favorite part was. I thought about for a moment and realized there is just to much that could be a favorite part. Teaching people how to jump rope, teaching little kids how to throw a frisbee; meeting Shorouk, Shireen, and Beso while hiking the Abraham Path, the party they had, just for us, or staying in the Kibbutz. Actually now as I'm writing this, I think my favorite part was just meeting new people and hearing thier story. Much better than reading a text or watching a video. These were perspectives of induvidual people straight from those people. I think that is what I will take away and remember the most vividly, years after this experience. It truly was life-changing.

Even the teachers joined in jumping rope
Even the teachers joined in jumping rope
Cards on the Masar
Cards on the Masar
Flying
Flying
Flying
Flying
May 25, 2010

Countdown to the summer youth walk

Dear Donors,

Soon our team will announce their dates for their international summer youth walk focused on university students from around the world ages 18-30. As details are confirmed, we will announce the launch of the trip. Your support in making this event possible is deeply appreciated by our entire team.

We also have launched a new campaign to support a group of US middle school students on a journey of exchange and encounter in Palestine and Israel. These students have been preparing for this trip throughout the school year, and we would like to introduce you to them. Please stay tuned for individual photos and stories of the trip. We are very excited by the momentum they have generated around their trip.

Thank you again for your support!

Apr 5, 2010

Your donations are making a real difference!

Since December when we started this campaign, your donations have helped the local community make real change.

The 24 families involved established their own cooperative and your donations supported the following activities: 1. Rented one floor of the lodge and one of the stone and mud building (which will be used later on as a restaurant) for a full year; 2. Paid the fees of a telephone line; 3. Bought a fax machine to receive reservations from tour operators; 4. The cooperative has begun using the lodge as an office and a meeting room; 5. Equipped the office with the necessary appliances (fridge, kitchen materials, oven, etc.).

Your donations have also indirectly caused the following benefits: 1. The cooperative expanded its membership base from 24 families to 50 families who are now benefiting from the lodge; 2. The 50 families matched the money you donated through Global Giving and helped to support the activities mentioned above.

Thank you for this incredible beginning! We appreciate your support, and please contact us with any questions or suggestions, and continue to spread this campaign!