Children of Abraham
Register until June 18th
Jewish participants are needed to balance the group as there are many more
Muslims so far
Children of Abraham is a not-for-profit project that seeks
to illustrate the underlying commonalities between two religions that on the
surface seem very different.
On television and in newspapers you see powerful images of
the other that may make you feel angry and afraid. There is an excellent
chance that you have never interacted closely with or even met a member of
the other 'side'. And yet you may know that both Judaism and Islam stem from
one God, and that Jews and Muslims peacefully coexisted for centuries in
many parts of the world.
This project, however, will not focus on peace, a much-abused
word that perhaps remains meaningless to you in light of current realities
all over the world. Neither will it center on politics. What it will do is
take a close and candid look at the core of both of these ancient religions,
through the eyes of young Muslims and Jews. Funded and supported by Jews and
Muslims in North America and the Middle East, Children of Abraham is
producing a photo essay of Muslims and Jews from around the world
participating in rituals, communal and cultural events, that will highlight
and publicize the similarities between these mutually misunderstood faiths.
You will be provided with the opportunity to make a personal statement,
through your photographs, about your own perspective on your faith, in a
safe, educational environment that will further mutual understanding on an
We are now offering internships to young adults aged 15-20
interested in participating in Children of Abraham. Interns will be selected
from approximately 15 different countries to take and submit at least 50
original photographs throughout July-August 2004 of Muslim/Jewish religious
themes, symbols, rituals and events. These photographs will capture your
sense of the fundamental nature of your religion, beyond the clothes you
wear and the food you eat, and will be presented in an online photo essay to
be internationally marketed for educational use. Step one of this project
was completed in the summer of 2003 and is available in booklet form for
those interested in viewing it.
Interns will also take part in Education for Coexistence , an
internet-based seminar that will tackle issues that arise from interfaith
and cross-cultural dialogue. Additionally, interns will be invited to take
part in future Children of Abraham initiatives, including a possible
The duration of the internship is July 1st - August 31st
2004. Interns must have regular access to an internet connection and
either a digital camera or a traditional camera + scanner. Each intern will
receive US$400 for full participation in all aspects of the project.
NOTE: It is not strictly necessary that you be either
Muslim or Jewish to be selected.
To apply, please email responses to the following three
firstname.lastname@example.org. These must be received no later
than June 18st, 2004.
1) Describe yourself and your life in one paragraph.
2) What comes to mind when you think of Judaism and Islam?
3) Why is it important to you to be part of this project? (250-500 words)
Include the following in your email application:
Date of Birth
Where you will be July-August 2004
Selected applicants will be contacted in early June 2004.
Any questions about Children of Abraham should be directed to
Ari or Maria at
Coordinators of Children of Abraham:
Ari Alexander, an American Jew, has completed Masters
degrees in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and Modern Middle Eastern Studies,
and has worked with teenagers and university students in conflict resolution
and cross-cultural dialogue.
Maria Ali-Adib, a Syrian Muslim living in London, has
worked with international organizations to develop student-centered
approaches to education reform, and has recently obtained her Masters degree
in Managing and Implementing Development Projects.
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