Our goal was to empower students to be change-makers and to provide them with a toolbox for engaged, open, and civil discourse.




Our strength was in the ability to create safe places in which hard issues can be addressed in collaboration with a wide spectrum of organizational partners.

News Archive

Thank You: Open House

Thank you to all those who came to our second annual Celebrate Our Growth Open House! We continue to thrive off of your love, support and generosity.

Special thanks to Fresco Cafe, Jack’s Bagles, Trader Joe’s, Gelsons & Von’s for the delicious food.  As well, thank you to those who brought and shared decadent baked goods.

Jewish Journal: Peace Garden captures spirit of Rabbi’s son

The newly installed Interfaith Peace Garden is tucked away in a lovely corner of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a Jesuit institution that lies mere blocks away from Los Angeles International Airport.

The garden is filled with rough-hewn stone pillars and benches, each carved with quotes that, when taken collectively, reference the need for cultural dialogue and peace in the world. One of the more prominent stones is etched with the phrase, “An enemy is someone whose story you have not yet heard.”

Speech: Dedication of the Interfaith Peace Garden at LMU in Avi’s Honor

Delivered by: Rabbi/Professor Arthur Gross-Schaefer, April 25, 2013

It says in the Book of Matthew, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

This garden is a spiritual space. It evokes the presence of all whose words adorn its pillars and benches. And this garden is a blessing to their memories, as we, in turn, are blessed by their words and their deeds.

Washington Jewish Week: Two sides of the same coin

Every year, on the first night of Passover, millions of Jews worldwide gather together to celebrate our ancestors’ liberation from Pharaoh’s brutal regime. While telling that powerful story, we also remember the Ten Plagues that wreaked havoc on innocent Egyptians. The tradition of removing 10 drops of wine from each of our Kiddush cups is a profound expression of empathy that is deeply embedded in Jewish values that make me proud to call myself a Jew.