Each year, Kids4Peace Boston works with Muslim, Jewish & Christian youth from Israel, Palestine and the United States. Among peace education efforts, Kids4Peace is unique in three ways:
- We begin with 12 year olds, engaging their natural openness to live, learn, play, and make friends with others different from themselves. Because the children are young, their families also become involved in the program and get to know one another, both in Jerusalem and Boston.
- We focus on faith, getting close to what matters most in many people’s lives. We highlight our common heritage as children of Abraham and pay attention to each tradition’s impulse toward peace and justice.
- We maintain and nourish the relationships made in this initial encounter of children and their families so that, in both Jerusalem and Boston, these young people become effective interfaith peace leaders by the time they reach 18.
We believe that it is our obligation to teach our children to be peacemakers, leading by our own example and learning from young people’s fresh perspectives on how to live together in friendship and peace.