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Tree of Life Journey – January 2018

Dheishe Wall

The Right of Return:
70 Years of Refugees in
Palestine, Israel, and Beyond

January 2-14, 2018
Extension to Jordan through January 18

An Interfaith Journey sponsored by
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and
The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford

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Coming October 21 – 29

Courageous Women Courageous Women
of Resistance

Various locations in New England including Yale University, UConn, Berlin CT, Old Lyme CT and Cape Cod

Join us to hear from Madonna Thunder Hawk, Tribal Liaison for the Lakota People’s Law Project and Fayrouz Sharqawi, Advocacy Coordinator for Grassroots Jerusalem – two women who are speaking truth to power and in doing so, helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future.

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Coming to New Britain CT and Cape Cod

Nakba Tour PhotoThe North America
Nakba Tour

The Exiled Palestinians
Stateless Palestinians
from the Camps in Lebanon

Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain CT

Sunday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Harwich, Cape Cod, MA

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September 19 – 24

Palestinian Film Festival

2017 Connecticut
Palestinian Film Festival
The North America Nakba Tour

The Connecticut Palestinian Film Festival, a project of the Tree of Life Educational Fund, was born from the need to educate the community on the Israeli Palestine conflict with the aim of fostering peaceful dialogue and constructive engagement to promote sustainable peace and justice for all our relatives in the region.

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Native Voices: A Traveling Encampment

Come share and experience –
in Connecticut, Massachusets, Vermont

July 22 – July 31

Travis Harding at the Noank encampment – July 23rd


An informal greeting and gathering around a Native American Tipi and a Bedouin tent.

Music, stories, a brief historical portrait of the three cultures, and a conversation between performers and audience

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September 2017

Tree of Life
Trade Union Journey

Palestinian worker at an early morning checkpoint

August 31 to September 9, 2017

Optional Extension to Golan Heights Sept 9- Sept 11

John Fussell, a labor attorney and TOL Board member and The Rev. David W. Good, President of Tree of Life Educational Fund will lead a labor delegation to the Palestinian West Bank.  

Details here…

Fantastic Visit With Shoruq Troup!

Shoruq Girl's Hip Hop


Thanks to all who came out for the Shoruq Debka and Hip Hop Tour, an amazing coast to coast 9 City US tour that began in Los Angeles and ended in Patterson New Jersey. Tree of Life partnered with JVP New Haven and Southern CT State University Women’s Studies Program to bring this event to over 500 audience members at SCSU and The Artists Collective in Hartford.


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Direct from Palestine!

Shoruq Debka

Shoruq Children’s Debka and Hip Hop Tour

Thursday, March 30th in New Haven
& Friday, March 31st in Hartford

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Syria: We Want Action – NEW DATE – Sunday, January 15th in Old Lyme

Photo by Johnathon Henninger

A group of Syrian-American women in CT are spearheading efforts for Syria. They are not giving up despite horrendous casualties and war crimes. They met with Senator Blumenthal’s staff in an effort to get airdrops to the million under siege. In mid-December some 60 Syrians and Egyptians and others marched from CT’s Capitol building to the Federal building demanding justice for Syria.

On Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. there will be a public meeting about Syria called “Syria: We Want Action” at the Sheffield Auditorium in the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme (For GPS use 2 Lyme St., Old Lyme). The event is free and open to the public.

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The Wheels Get Rolling

Steven Jungkeit reports and reflects on this past October’s Wheels of Justice journey through the American South. The article appears in The Link, a publication from Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU). AMEU strives to create in the United States a deeper appreciation of the culture, history and current events in the Middle East through publicizing and amplifying the efforts of other organizations working toward similar ends. 
Download a PDF of the article here, or read it online…

Steven Jungkeit

Steven Jungkeit, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme


In his literary study “Beginnings,” the late Edward Said cautions against trusting origin stories.  He casts doubt on the possibility of achieving a beginning, for any beginning, whether that of a novel or an idea, is always a fictitious proposition.  We never begin, really, but only continue, following a story that is already underway.  Every story, every idea, every institution, is merely a continuation of what already exists.  And yet stories do begin.  Journeys are set in motion, even if it is impossible to affix a clear origin of that story, of that journey.
So it is with the Wheels of Justice, a journey that took nearly thirty people through the American South this past October.  It’s a journey that began in Old Lyme, Connecticut, one that passed through 12 states, while covering over 3,000 miles.  It’s a journey that ended ten days later.