Welcome to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Student Conference
A National University Student Conference
“A Pluralistic Approach to Peace in the Middle East”
October 24- 26, 2010
University of Miami Campus, Coral Gables, Florida

Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed is a national conference providing a platform for dialogue, education, networking, and social action amongst university students interested in a pluralistic approach to interfaith relations and peace in the Middle East.

Hand in Hand ~ Yad b'Yed Logo

Organized and led by University of Miami students involved with the student group Jews and Muslims (JAM) and the Clinton Global Initiative University, Hand in Hand presents the tools required for university students to pursue change by means of non-violence and respect for all. Five arenas will be investigated: Poverty, Health, Environmental, Education, Conflict Resolution/Human Rights.

Mission Statement: Hand in Hand will provide university students with the connections and tools needed to build trust amongst religious and ethnic communities in order to establish social change by serving the central needs of the peoples involved in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

Stated Hand in Hand Conference Points of Interest:

1. Develop understanding, respect, and compassion among Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

2. Search for common ground amongst university students, with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

3. Establish a forum to produce constructive, non-violent objectives that possess the potential to affect communities, religious establishments, businesses, and organizations.

4. Create a sustainable network to facilitate in communication, exchange, and coexistence.

5. Strengthen the voices of a new generation combating ethnic stereotypes, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and unethical policies in the Middle East.

Hand in Hand does not aim to choose a political side, but rather educate students of the many voices that exist within Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities and provide the tools to utilize these voices for change in a globalized world. Through creativity and interactive experiences at the conference, university students will foster connections with the leading Israelis and Palestinians who promote change through nonviolence, and thus discover how to also instill those values and ethics within the American discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This symbiotic relationship is crucial and demands awareness.

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Jews and Muslims (JAM) is a University of Miami student organization that focuses on “bridging the divide” between Jews and Muslims on campus and within the Greater Miami community. Established in the spring semester of 2008 by University of Miami students Farah Dosani, Jehan Feroz, and Shoshana Gottesman, JAM continues to expand its programming to provide a positive foundation for Muslim-Jewish relations beyond the university campus. This is also within compliance of JAM’s acceptance to the Clinton Global Initiative University this year. All faiths are always welcome!

The University of Miami is an institution with a qualified 501(c)3 not-for-profit status, which also extends to University of Miami student organization Jews and Muslims (JAM).

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Welcome to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference web site! Click here to apply today!

Apply to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed National University Student Conference!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION:
Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Application

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FORM:
Need Based Scholarship Form

Application Form
Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Student Conference
A National University Student Conference
“A Pluralistic Approach to Peace in the Middle East”
October 24- 26, 2010
University of Miami Campus, Coral Gables, Florida

Instructions Part One: Please fill out the form below and send it back via e-mail to handinhandconference@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted upon a rolling basis formed around two deadlines:

 Early Registration Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2010
 Late Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Those who apply in time for Early Registration (closing October 8 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time) may be able to receive free housing on campus with University of Miami students with extra beds, couches, or floor space on a first come, first serve basis. Need-based scholarships will be available upon Early Registration as well on a first come, first serve basis. In other words, apply early!

Instructions Part Two: Registration for all participating individuals is $40- better believe it! Please send checks to:

Attention: Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference
University of Miami
Whitten University Center #240
1306 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

As the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference is organized through the University of Miami student group, Jews and Muslims, please write the check out to:

Pay To the Order Of: University of Miami
For: Jews and Muslims

**The University of Miami is an institution with a qualified 501(c)3 not- for-profit status, which also extends to University of Miami student organization Jews and Muslims (JAM). All faiths are always welcome!

Requirements: All participants must be enrolled in either a four-year university, two-year university, or of university age (18 years to 30 years).

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS:

** Choose the Type of Registration by Responding with Yes/No:
 Early Registration: Friday, October 8, 2010_____
 Late Registration: Wednesday, October 20, 2010______
First Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Last Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

School Email & Personal Email: ____________________________________________________________________________

Cell Number:
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Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________________________________

School: ____________________________________________________________________________

School City and State: _______________________________________________________________________

Major(s): ____________________________________________________________________________

Expected year of graduation: _______________________________________________________________

Gender: _________

University Address:
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How did you hear about the Hand in Hand conference?

Why do you want to attend the Hand in Hand conference?

What background do you have in the subject?
Please write a short bio, including any relevant campus activities or organizational affiliations: (150 word limit)

What specific aspects of the conflict and it’s resolution interest you? (Poverty? Politics? Economy? Society? Media? Health?)

What do you hope to achieve by attending the conference?

Do you require financial assistance to attend? (If so, please explain and fill out our Need-Based Scholarship Form.)
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Need housing? Respond with Yes/No. (Only For Those Applying for Early Registration)
 Student Housing- Female______
 Student Housing – Male_____
 We will make our own arrangements_______

Special dietary requests? Respond with Yes/No
 None______
 Allergies_____________________
 Halal _____
 Kosher_____
 Vegetarian_______
 Vegan_______

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How to Apply to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Applications to apply to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed University Student Conference will be available this weekend September 11-12.

Those who apply early will be able to receive need-based scholarship and housing on campus.

Also, keep an eye out for our weekly tips on how to fundraise for your trip to attend the conference!

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Let’s Bridge the Divide

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference web site!

Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed Conference will occur this October 24-26, 2010 at the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, Florida.

Current events in the Middle East generate a ripple effect of emotions, motives, and actions throughout communities in America. Whether transmitted through the media, religious and community leaders, leading academics, or personal family experiences, much is naturally lost in translation accumulating in polarized communities based upon religious and ethnic boundaries. The young student leaders of tomorrow possess a vital interest in challenging this status quo within communities to institute a pluralistic, open- minded society.

Student leader of tomorrow, better pack your hummus and pita because this is your conference! Feel free to get involved or ask questions. Please contact us @ handinhandconference@gmail.com .

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