The Compassionate Listening Project began working in Israel and Palestine in 1990. In addition to our annual delegations, we've been offering trainings for Israelis and Palestinians since 1998.
This short film brings us inside a Compassionate Listening Training for 34 peace and community leaders from Israel and Palestine. The training took place in Palestine, and was facilitated by Leah Green, founder of the Compassionate Listening Project, along with Palestinian facilitator Maha El-Taji Tahsin.
Our gratitude to Israeli filmmaker Shelley Hermon for interviewing participants and filming some of the training. The background noise during some of the interviews is construction noise. The Separation Wall was under construction about 100 meters from our training room, providing a constant reminder that the hard work of humanizing the "other" is a necessity and not a luxury.
To learn more about the work of the Compassionate Listening Project, please go to: http://compassionatelistening.org
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Twenty-two Jewish Americans travelled to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza with the Compassionate Listening Project. Children of Abraham is a 34-minute broadcast-quality documentary that chronicles this journey. The film follows the Jewish participants as they visit with and listen to Israelis and Palestinians – from leaders to refugees, and seek to understand the complexities of religious, political and human rights issues. Participants include Jewish leaders and professionals ranging from secular to observant.
This beautiful documentary introduces the Compassionate Listening reconciliation model, and humanizes each Israeli and Palestinian portrayed. The film delivers a compelling message that conflict can be transformed through listening with compassion.
Speaker cameos include Dr. Haidar Abdul Shafi, Founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Dr. Eyad el-Sarraj, Founder, Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Sheikh Ahmad Yasmin, former Spiritual Leader of HAMAS, Yossi Klein HaLevi, Yehezkel Landau, Amos Gvirtz, Rabbi Menachem Froman, Founder of Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful, Israeli Settler's Movement), and more.
"Children of Abraham compellingly documents the profound possibilities within a society in which friends and enemies alike attune themselves to the voice of the other. It should serve as an urgent reminder of how badly we transgress and how much we forfeit when we dismiss the power of listening as too simple. This is not a promotion of a naive quick fix, but rather a call to the wrenching but essential heroism that Jewish tradition says inheres in making one’s enemy into one’s friend."
~ Rabbi Gordon Tucker
The Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project was founded in 2002 by Beate Ronnefeld and Leah Green, to provide an opportunity to advance Jewish-German reconciliation and healing. The project brought together Jews, Germans, and those affected by World War II, to explore beliefs and to humanize the “other”. Through Compassionate Listening training, personal sharing and hearing the stories of witnesses, participants deepened their understanding of the complex wounds generated by WW II and the Holocaust, and experienced tremendous personal healing.
After the first delegation in 2002, Brian Berman and Andrea Cohen led two additional delegations with Beate, and the Jewish-German Project became a living reconciliation model among participants.
For more information: http://www.compassionatelistening.org/delegations/jewish-german
"I think this project is a world healing – and personal healing miracle. From the moment we started, the healing began…" - 2002 participant