President Lynn Holec welcomed everyone and turned the meeting over to Program Chair Steve Liston.
International Service Committee Co-Chair, May O'Brien introduced our guest speakers Ken Bob and Walter Ruby with Project Rozana. Project Rozana builds bridges to better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health. This community wide, multi-faith health initiative is achieved through a collaboration of medical professionals and teams of thousands of dedicated citizens. This community-wide, multi-faith health initiative achieves this in 3 ways:
Transportation of critically and chronically-ill children from the West Bank and Gaza to Israeli hospitals;
Training Palestinian doctors, nurses and therapists in Israel, to improve and expand healthcare in Palestinian communities;
Treatment of critically and chronically-ill Palestinian children in Israeli hospitals.
Kenneth Bob serves as the chair of Project Rozana USA as well as the National President of Ameinu. He is a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors, the treasurer of Board of Directors of J Street and a board member of the Forward Association.
Walter Ruby presently serves as coordinator of the Washington Area Chapter of Project Rozana; which works to strengthen ties between Israelis and Palestinians through health care; and as executive director of Jews, Muslims and Allies Acting Together (JAMAAT), a grass roots community of Muslim, Jewish and Interfaith activists in Greater Washington. Ruby is co-author of an upcoming book with Muslim-American author Sabeeha Rehman entitled We Refuse To Be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship At A Time to be published by Skyhorse Publishing in early 2021.
After a robust Q&A, President Lynn thanked our speakers and presented a certificate signifying our promise to plant a tree in their honor. Each tree is labeled with the speaker's name by our Club's Trees for the Capital program. Ken and Walter will be notified and invited to join the Committee when the tree is planted by the National Park Service.
Membership Chair Monica Smith inducted 4 new members into the Club. WELCOME Allister Chang, Bryan Ingram, Sean Adler and Khaled Sabah.
Allister is a returning member. He moved to Germany last summer and is rejoining since moving back to DC
Bryan Ingram states Rotary aligns with his commitment to service and to DC and an interest in International Service Projects.
Sean Adler appreciates the sense of community and networking offered by Rotary as well as a strong interest in the international sector where he first Rotary experience in 2018.
Khaled Sabah wants to participate in community service projects and make an impact on his city. He is a transferring member of a local Rotary Club in Egypt.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:05pm
EVERY ACT OF SERVICE IS AN ACT OF PEACE
Ken and Walter engaged the group with a slide presentation and video detailing the peace building efforts of Project Rozana through a collaborative effort between Israelis and Palestinians