Salaam Shalom Peace

Setting out for Jerusalem

I learned last week that I will be placed in Jerusalem!! This is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is up pretty high at 760 m (2,490 ft) above sea level, especially compared to the nearby Dead Sea which is 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level!! On my first visit in May 2009, I remember being in a bus, driving from the west, climbing a long hill to reach Jerusalem. And, then  I remember the long drive down again on the east side to drive to the Dead Sea.

776,000 people live in Jerusalem including Jews, Muslims, and Christians. This is a holy city and it is called both: Yerushaláyim   and al-Quds al-Sharif.



Bread delivery, early morning - Old City, Jerusalem - May 2009

Welcome to this blog for kids and youth about kids and youth in Israel-Palestine! About two years ago, I started on an adventure with friends that took me to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine. On that trip, I met young people of all ages doing the kinds of things that kids and teenagers do in Canada. Going to school, taking dance classes, playing soccer, working part-time. Some of the ways that they did these things were similar to what happens in Canada, for example, swinging on swings and taking ballet lessons. Some things were different from what I’ve experienced in Canada. For example, riding a camel on a beach and carrying a tray of hot bread down a narrow street…on one’s head!!

This winter, I will be returning to Israel-Palestine and I am looking forward to meeting more young people. I look forward to hearing about what makes life fun and what makes it hard as they live in a place that does not have peace.  I will be participating through the United Church of Canada in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel .

Come along by following this blog as I journey and listen to the voices and the stories of the young people who are living under occupation.


Marhaban   مرحبا


barux haba! בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא! 

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