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is like the sea
and I am like the fish."
Samir al Jundi
is a Palestinian shopkeeper in the Old City.

"I can't believe
that he won't just
come home."
Miri Avitan
is an Israeli whose son, Asaf Avitan, was killed in December, 2001.

is extraordinary,
beautiful, ugly."
Father Yazeed Said
is a Palestinian Anglican Priest

A Tool for Conflict

Recently, in both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader conflict between parts of the Arab and Western worlds, fear and mistrust have gained more ground than hope and understanding.

Jerusalem Stories aims to turn this tide by:

  • harnessing the power of personal stories and portrait photographs to promote empathy, a critical component of sustainable peace.
  • presenting a human perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • sharing the deeply moving experiences of a broad variety of Jerusalem residents

The Power of Stories and Photographs

Personal Stories
enable people to step into the shoes of the "other"

Portrait photographs
show undeniable humanity

these mediums open audiences to new perspectives in a way that intellectual discourse does not

"Jerusalem is filled
with faces I know."
Emmanuel Stein
is an Israeli who was interviewed the day before he entered the Israeli Army.

"My mother loved life
and care about

Lana Abu Hijleh
is a Palestinian whose mother, Shaden Abu Hijleh, was killed in October, 2002.

"Stones in Jerusalem
Avraham Tsvi Shav Aretz
is an Israeli religious scholar and tour guide

Jerusalem Stories

"Jerusalem Stories" will be used in a broad range of Israeli, Palestinian and American forums including: peace and conflict resolution projects, schools, religious communities, interfaith initiatives and organizations promoting arts and culture.

Program Components include:

  1. Photo-narrative Book
  2. Storytelling Performance
  3. Story-Based Dialogue Workshop
  4. Training in Storyelling as a Conflict Transformation Tool
  5. Educational Programs
  6. Audio Documentary
  7. Photography and Text Exhibit
  8. Website

Who we are:

Carol Grosman is a writer, storyteller and conflict resolution practitioner living in Jerusalem. She is an Associate of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, VA.

Lloyd Wolf is an award-winning photographer from Arlington, VA. He has collaborated with writers on three successful photo-narrative books.

Together, they have photographed and interviewed over 70 people in East and West Jerusalem since November, 2002.


Dr. Marc Gopin, Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Yossi Klein HaLevi, Israel Correspondent, "New Republic", Jerusalem

Sami al Jundi, Center Supervisor, Seeds of Peace, Jerusalem

Joseph V. Montville, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.

Julian Pitner, Exectuive Director, Institute of World Affairs, Washington D.C.

Eetta Prince Gibson, Journalist, Jerusalem

Najeh Abu Shamsiyeh, Civic Education Teacher, Evangelical School, Ramallah

Dr. Howard Zehr, Professor of Sociology and Restorative Justice and Co-Director, Conflict Transformation Program, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

Jerusalem Stories

Building Peace
Through Sharing Stories

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