Some 20 years have now passed since I was first introduced to the principles known as Darkhei Shalom / WAYS OF PEACE, while living and learning in Jerusalem.
Having previously struggled through the 1991 Gulf War while living and working in northern Israel, I found the practical orientation of WAYS OF PEACE both compelling and timeless. Here were 1800 years of spiritual guidance for cooperation across many lines of diversity and potential conflict — between different kinds of Jews, as well as between Jews and other peoples:
"In cities of diversity...we organize ourselves and our money...and sustain the poor...and visit the sick...and bury the dead...and console the bereaved...for these are ways of peace." (Jerusalem Talmud)
Two decades of action / reflection later, I offer you the community resources presented here. I welcome you to join me on this mission of bringing people together in response to shared human needs.
If WAYS OF PEACE can be of support to you, please contact us. And if you can be of support to WAYS OF PEACE, your generosity will help us to move "from strength to strength" in applying these caring imperatives to the continued healing of our wounded world.
With deep appreciation and many blessings for the seasons ahead,
Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH
Director, WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources