2019 YEAR IN REVIEW
Over the last year, there have been inspiring editorials and opinion pieces written by distinguished supporters of Project Rozana, pieces motivated by a wish to express solidarity and thanks to the organization in anticipation that the Project Rozana message will be spread internationally.
‘Trump’s Jerusalem Hospital Cuts to Hurt Innocents’ – Ron Finkel AM Chair Project Rozana International and Australia
‘A Short Life That Speaks to the Possibility of Peace’ – Hebron-based Dr Abdul-Rahman
‘Perhaps We Can Help Find Peace to Honour Aiia’s Life’ – Reverend Tim Costello AO Project Rozana International Advisory Council Member
‘Grassroots Activism Drives Interest in Project Rozana’ – Kenneth Bob Chair Project Rozana USA
‘Living Our Faith’ – Reverend Canon Laurette A. Glasgow, Project Rozana Canada Board Director
‘Aiia’s Dream’ – Saeed Maasarwe
Speakers And Presentations
NORTH AMERICA SPEAKERS’ TOUR
United States and Canada 14 – 25 November 2019
Dr Sagit Arbel-Alon and Dr A. Abdul-Rahman travelled around the US and Canada as part of a Project Rozana relationship- building program. Dr Arbel-Alon is former Deputy Director of the Reut Rehabilitation Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and former senior physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Dr Abdul-Rahman is General Manager of Green Land Society for Health Development in Hebron and Associate Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. They focused on their cooperative work which is saving the lives of Palestinian children, developing Palestinian healthcare capacity, and building bridges to peace. The Speakers’ Tour was jointly hosted by Kenneth Bob, Chair, Project Rozana USA, and Mark S Anshan, Chair, Project Rozana, Canada.
Speakers And Presentations
“I am standing here because I believe that Project Rozana has the vision and the ability to strengthen the human interaction between Palestinians and Israelis, while striving to build capacity within the Palestinian Health System.”
Dr Mushira Aboo Dia
AUSTRALIA SPEAKERS’ TOUR
Australia was privileged to host two speaking tours.
The first Project Rozana Speaker’s Tour in Australia occurred in August 2018. It was an intense, but highly-successful one week visit to Melbourne and Sydney by Dr Mushira Aboo Dia. Mushira is a senior Hadassah Hospital obstetrician and gynaecologist and clinician with the hospital’s Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Assault. She is also the Chair of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel (PHR), which brings together Jewish and Arab Israeli health professionals who work in under- resourced Palestinian communities through their mobile clinics project.
The second Australian tour in May 2019 included the first national fundraising dinner to be hosted by Project Rozana Australia. Titled ‘Hand-in-Hand’, it brought together communal, faith, political and diplomatic leaders in a rare show of unity.
Keynote speakers were Professor Esti Galili-Weisstub, head of child and adolescent psychiatry at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and founder of the Binational School of Psychotherapy at Hadassah, and Dr A. Abdul-Rahman, General Manager of Green Land Society for Health Development in Hebron and Associate Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. Professor Galili-Weisstub and Dr Abdul-Rahman also met communal leaders, interfaith activists and members of the medical profession in Melbourne and Sydney.
L-R: Hugh Riminton, journalist and event moderator, Dr Jamal Rifi AM, Mrs Zena and the Hon Izzat Abdulhadi (Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific), Ron Finkel AM, Dr Abdul-Rahman, Prof Galili-Weisstub
ISRAEL – ITALIAN EMBASSY PRESENTATION
In late 2018, Project Rozana gave one of five presentations at the AperiKucha event held in Tel Aviv and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Embassy. Chair of Project Rozana Israel Ronit Zimmer and Dr Khadra Salami of Augusta Victoria Hospital presented ‘Medicine as a Bridge to Peace’, highlighting in an informative slideshow how every minute of every day, Israelis and Palestinians engage through health.
Project Rozana Canada has been arranging meetings, as part of an educational program organized by women’s group ITAG (‘It takes a Grandmother’). They attract community members interested in learning about and supporting Project Rozana.
In May, 2019 a parlor event was held at the home of Drs Mark and Corin Greenberg. More than 40 people attended and heard presentations from Mark S. Anshan, Chair of Project Rozana Canada, and board members Jon Allen and Karen Goldenberg C.M.
Jon Allen, a former Canadian Ambassador to Israel, provided an overview of the current situation in Israel that set the context for discussing projects being supported by Project Rozana. He provided a snapshot of these projects, including training by Assuta Hospital in Ashdod for healthcare professionals from Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem to allow Peritoneal Dialysis to be given in patients’ homes.
Rev Dr Karen Hamilton
Karen is a United Church of Canada minister and former General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches. She is an Old Testament scholar, works nationally and internationally in the area of Interfaith Dialogue and teaches an interfaith course at St. George’s Anglican College in Jerusalem. She co-chaired the global Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2018, and is committed to refugee support. She is studying Arabic as her eighth language. Her award-winning Old Testament book, ‘The Acceptable Year of The Lord’ was published in 2009. She is the recipient of a number of ecumenical and interfaith awards.
In 2014, Steve Lax committed nearly his entire life savings to buy an Israeli shoe manufacturing company, Naot, which has become one of Israel’s top exporters of shoes and sandals. The purchase included a 2,000-person factory in northern Israel and the oversight of 60 distributorships around the world. Steve and his wife Susie made the decision when they heard that the company was in danger of closing. Steve and Susie live by the adage that by working to make the world a better place, you inspire others and leave behind a meaningful legacy.
Dr Maqsood Chaudry, DDS
Maqsood is a practicing dentist in Northern Virginia. He serves on the board of a non- profit free health clinic and has hosted dental health fairs at his own clinics for people without health insurance. He is the founder, trustee and past president of the McLean Islamic Center, which has hosted many Muslim-Jewish twinning activities. The Center has been described as one of the most successful synagogue-mosque relationships in the United States. Dr Chaudhry and Rabbi Jeffery Saxe of Temple Rodef Shalom received the prestigious Interfaith Bridge Builders Award from the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia commended Dr Chaudhry for his work in interfaith relations.
Ruth Ramone Rosen
Executive Director International & Australia
Ruth Ramone Rosen joined Project Rozana after many years in the education sector in Australia and in Israel. During her years living, studying and working in Israel, she taught in high school and lectured in English and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University. She also worked as a translator-editor-writer for the Israel Labor Party, a freelance writer and translator and as private tutor to the first Egyptian Ambassador to Israel. Returning to Australia, Ruth moved into international education management. Her roles encompassed program management, education policy and marketing as well as governance and communications. Ruth enjoys being part of a team taking the organization forward by supporting the mission of building better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health, and by making a difference to individuals and communities in Israel, Palestine and elsewhere.
Development Director Australia
Rosemary has a strong fundraising background and is passionate about the not-for-profit sector. She is particularly experienced in both the medical and performing arts philanthropic areas. Rosemary is a great communicator who is able to build strong and lasting relationships with those around her. Having worked for a medical research foundation, she is well-versed at transforming complex scientific concepts into compelling individual, human stories.
Rosemary’s positive approach and oral and written communication skills make her an invaluable asset in reaching out to partners and organizations, helping her focus on achieving the best results for every project.
Diana Shehade was appointed Jerusalem-based Project Rozana Israel Coordinator in September, 2019. Her responsibilities include the coordination and oversight of Project Rozana programs in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. This involves management and coordination of visits to the region of guests and board members of Project Rozana and liaison with key agencies and strategic Project Rozana partners. In addition, engagement with potential new partners and evaluation of new programs; and engagement with the Project Rozana Israel board.
Coordinator, Greater Washington DC Chapter
Walter Ruby is a veteran activist in Muslim-Jewish relations, and presently serves as executive director of Jews, Muslims and Allies Acting Together (JAMAAT). Since 2008, he has organized hundreds of twinning events; bringing together thousands of Jews and Muslims in over 30 countries on five continents, including members of mosques and synagogues and of Muslim and Jewish organizations. He is presently writing a book with Muslim-American writer Sabeeha Rehman entitled We Refuse To Be Enemies. Walter has worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, mainly for American Jewish and Israeli publications.
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Achievements, Impact, Projects
- Project Rozana At Parliament Of World Religions
- The Wheel Deal – US Launches ‘Adopt-A-Driver’ Campaign
- Israeli And Palestinian Healthcare Volunteers
- Project Rozana USA Opens New Chapter
- Project Rozana Canada Endorsed By Major Donor
- Launch of Australian Medical Training Program
- ‘Wheels of Hope’ Transportation Initiative Launched
- North America Speakers Tour
- Australia Speakers Tour
- Israel - Italian Embassy Presentation
- Parlor Meetings