Sustaining Hope in Palestine Across North Carolina

In 2016 CPWJ organized and sponsored 13 educational program events and co-sponsored 3 additional programs with partner organizations reaching more than 700 people in  5 cities at  a variety of venues: churches, a  community  theater, and 5 college campuses.  Please see our December 2016 newsletter for more information)

2015 Programs and Events


  • At The Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non-Violence. Film producers Kathy Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce led a dialogue following a screening of their film, At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non-Violence, at the Raleigh Friends Meeting, Raleigh, NC and shared their experience as volunteers with Christian Peacemakers in Hebron. Co-sponsored by Raleigh Friends Meeting, Raleigh, NC.


  • Shattered Families in the Middle East. Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon, delivered a presentation and led a dialogue at NC State University, Raleigh, NC on ANERA’s humanitarian efforts and offered insight regarding the future of instability in the region. Co-sponsored by the NCSU International Studies Club.
  • Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child. Joyce Cassel, volunteer, American Friends Service Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams, Palestine and Nawal Musleh, Palestinian American and Middle East Program Fellow for the American Friends Service Committee, led workshops at the Durham Friends Meeting, Durham, NC and Winston-Salem Friends Meeting, Winston-Salem, NC on the arrest and detention of Palestinian children by Israeli Defense Forces. Co-sponsored by the Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East, American Friends Service Committee of the Carolinas-Program of Peace and Economic Justice, Friends of Sabeel–North America, Durham Friends Meeting, United Church of Chapel Hill, and Winston-Salem Friends Meeting.


  • Where Should the Birds Fly. Fida Qishta, journalist and film producer, screened showings at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC and Guilford College, NC of her documentary, “Where Should the Birds Fly,” the story of Ms. Qishta’s experience and the experience of a young girl struggling for normalcy in the cruel abnormality of Gaza under a rain of Israeli rockets. Co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Area Office of the Carolinas, Peace and Economic Justice Program Alamance Peace Action, Meredith College, and Students for Justice in Palestine, UNC-CH.
  • The Stones Cry Out: Voices of the Palestinian Christians. CPWJ board members Jim and Cindy Rice and Executive Director Dee Froeber screened a showing of The Stones Cry Out: Voices of Palestinian Christians, a review of the lives of Palestinian Christians from the Nakba of 1948 until the present, and led a dialogue at The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh, NC.


  • Garth Hewitt in Concert: No Injustice Will Last Forever: One Day the Wall Will Fall. Garth Hewitt, internationally acclaimed troubadour, gospel singer and author, shared through song and story his dedication to the hope, resilience and work of peace builders in the Holy Land during a series of three concerts held at Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC; Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Burlington, NC; and St. Marks Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC.
  • Presentation on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Dee Froeber, Executive Director of the Coalition, and Steve Feldman, Coalition board member, delivered a presentation and led dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Winston-Salem, NC.

A description of our past programs and events can be viewed by clicking the links below: