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Volunteer Options at Tent of Nations

Friends of Tent of Nations North America has announced volunteer opportunities for this coming year.

Tent of Nations is devoted to addressing cultural conflicts around the world, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by facilitating positive encounters amongst young people from different cultures. To serve the mission of Tent of Nations, the Nassar family seeks coexistence with Israel in a shared Palestine and is committed to nonviolence as the means to reach that goal Read more »

Call for Applications: apply today!

TOLEF has heard with growing frequency that our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who appreciate our work sharing the struggles of life under occupation, want us to continue to show our American audience the beautiful culture of the Palestinian people. 

And so we have created the TOLEF Arts Council.

The Arts Council will coordinate artistic activity for TOLEF. This Winter we are soliciting applications for Project Development grants.

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Courageous Women of Resistance Series Report

Fayrouz Sharqawi and Madonna Thunder HawkMany thanks to all who participated in our Courageous Women of Resistance series. Fayrouz Sharqawi of Grassroots Jerusalem engaged audiences throughout Connecticut and Massachussets with an amazing story of challenge and hope. Her work with Palestinian community outreach has made incredible impact and empowered countless youth and adults. As our Portland, Oregon host said about Fayrouz 
“Fayrouz is wonderful:  articulate, passionate, and with a sense of humor.  She was able to convey, better than any other speaker I’ve yet heard, not just the Kafkaesque qualities of Palestinian life in Jerusalem, but the desire for self-determination, not pity.”  
Fayrouz was joined by Lakota activist Madonna Thunder Hawk. Madonna shared a bit about her past work as member of the American Indian Movement, founder of WARN (Women of All Red Nations), the Black Hills Alliance, and her recent work at Standing Rock. Madonna shared her perspective that Standing Rock is a continuation, not a singular event, and radiated with hope as she recounted what she called the decolonization of the Standing Rock camp community. 
A Yale student wrote this article in the Yale Daily News about the New Haven Courageous Women event. 

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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 – November 12

Courageous Women Courageous Women
of Resistance

Various locations in New England – Connecticut: New Haven, UConn, Hartford, Berlin, Old Lyme; Massachusetts: Cape Cod and Boston – Portland Oregon too!

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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