"Seek peace and pursue it."
- Psalm 34
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I?”
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
“Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow.”
- James Dean
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
- Albert Camu
“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
- John F. Kennedy
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“An enemy is someone whose story you have not yet heard.”
- Gene Knudsen Hoffman
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
“Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.”
- Thomas Merton
“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”
- Phil Jackson
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
- Winston Churchill
“Peace-building is one person, one heart at a time.”
- Leah Green
“We must love them both, those with whom we agree, and those with whom we disagree. For both have labored in the search of truth, and both have helped in the finding of it.”
- Thomas Aquinas
DEVELOPING INTERFAITH RELATIONSHIPS
"Avi Shabbat was something our campus really needed to bring people together this year. After both the tragedies in Pittsburgh and Christchurch, it was nice that students from Hillel and Muslim Student Association could come together and show support. These relationships will last a long time.” long"
Syracuse University ‘20
Hillel David Project Intern
"The event brought the Muslim and Jewish community closer. Events like these build bridges between our community and makes us stronger as we become a support system for each other.” long"
Syracuse University ‘19
Muslim Student Association President
"As an interfaith member of Hillel, this was one of my favorite events of the school year. This event allowed me to connect with both Jewish and non-Jewish students, learn interesting facts about one of my religions (I didn’t realize there was so much beautiful symbolism to braiding Challah), and got to take home homemade bread!"
University of Southern California ‘19
A BRAVE SPACE
"The Avi Schaefer Leadership Retreat created a space for me to explore and grapple with some of the major questions facing the Jewish community today, alongside a cohort of incredibly committed and highly intelligent Jewish leaders and peers."
Human Relations Advocate,
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
BEYOND OUR COMFORT ZONES
"The Avi Schaefer Leadership Retreat took me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to ways of thinking and beliefs about Israel I had never previously encountered in person. I left this once-in-a-lifetime experience with greater respect for these perspectives and valuable insight into goings on in Israel and the West Bank."
-Evan Gottesman ‘19
Associate Director of Policy & Communications
Israel Policy Forum
East Brunswick, NJ
"The AviSchaefer Leadership Retreat Cohort exposed me to the most important questions and challenges facing the future of Diaspora -Israel relations. I will always remember the participants who took the journey with me and hope to continue my relationship with ASF as I grow my involvement in the American Jewish community even further."
-Jonathan Kamel ‘18
Chicago Chair, IPF ATID
"For years, I have used media, classes, books, and lectures to learn about Israel and Palestine. But it's been all too easy to avoid dialogue with others. If those of us who have leadership positions in the Jewish community are serious about facilitating a relationship between Israel and North American Jews, we have to continue to challenge our assumptions, immerse ourselves in environments where with disagree with others, and see on the ground the complex reality. And we need to amplify what we learn to others."
Avi Schaefer Leadership Cohort Participant 2019