Rick Rosenfeld, Executive Director, Hands of Peace will speak on the topic, Hands of Peace – The Power of Dialogue and Breaking Down Barriers Among Teens. Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization that empowers young people to raise their voices as leaders of change. Through the power of dialogue, Palestinians, Israelis and Americans partner to pursue peace, equality, freedom, and justice. Each summer, Hands of Peace brings together 44 teenagers in Chicago and 44 teenagers in San Diego – mostly from Israel and Palestine – to begin building bridges and working toward peace. The summer program is only the beginning of the journey. All the students attend year-round seminars and activities in the Middle East to put their lessons into practice, and some of them return for a second year program. American alumni work on social justice projects in the United States, including efforts to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Hands of Peace believes that a peaceful future depends on the leadership of the next generation.
Mr. Rosenfeld joined Hands of Peace in June 2016 after a career thatspanned both non-profit and profit sectors. He was a manager at The Rotary Foundation in Evanston in the late 1980s/early 1990s. After a stint in management consulting, he launched an educational travel company that focused on sending U.S. graduate students overseas to learn about cultures and business in more than 100 countries. He returned to the non-profit sector with a core belief that Hands of Peace will be part of the solution for a just and positive peace for all Israelis and Palestinians.