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Connect with us online as we bring the world to you. Through shared stories and conversations, this program aims to continue connecting our world during these challenging times⁠—allowing us to travel from the comfort of our homes. Hosts Aziz Abu Sarah, recognized peace activist and MEJDI Tours co-founder, and Kim Passy Yoseph, Global Operations Director at MEJDI Tours, share exclusive conversations with leading travel experts, peace-building organizations and civic leaders. Join us as we engage our guest speakers in conversation, discuss difficult questions, model friendship through respectful dialogue and disagreement, and provide an opportunity to encounter new voices and perspectives.

 

Upcoming Livestream

THURSDAY, MAY 28 | 1PM ET

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

RETHINKING CONFLICT AND THE IRISH PEACE PROCESS

Join us for an in-depth look at the Troubles of Northern Ireland, the violent ethno-nationalist conflict of the late 20th century. Learn about neighborhood divisions in Belfast and efforts to bridge the divide and cultivate a more peaceful future. Explore the country’s Catholic and Protestant heritages, literary legacies, and hear personal memoirs of political turmoil. Examine conflicting national narratives and confront contemporary issues, while celebrating the culture and fortitude of the Irish people.

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MEJDI Tours is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities we visit – including local businesses, organizations, families, and individuals. By watching and donating to our Crossing Boundaries: Global Connections and Conversations Livestream, you are helping us do just that. Thank you for your support!

 

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About our hosts

Aziz Abu Sarah

Peace builder, cultural educator, entrepreneur and author. Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian who’s journey from radical seeking revenge to peacemaker seeking reconciliation led him to cofounding MEJDI Tours—harnessing the power of travel to create a more peaceful world. His global conflict resolution work earned him the title of National Geographic Explorer.

Published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Geographic, Aziz continues at the forefront of reconciliation efforts in conflict zones. In 2018, he courageously announced his candidacy for Mayor of Jerusalem. His book, Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, comes out in July 2020.

Kim Passy Yoseph

An Israeli with an expertise in education development, Kim Passy Yoseph, holds a Master’s degree in Immigration and Social Integration. She created her own interactive activity for groups focusing on the complexities within the Jewish population in Israel through the various mass immigration waves coming into the country. She has extensive experience in IDF Training and Commanding Courses, and working with consulting firms and NGOs. Her background enables her to effectively lead Global Operations at MEJDI and she is determined to help make MEJDI’s vision a reality.

Upcoming events

Thursday, May 21 | 1PM ET

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

Join us for an in-depth look at the Troubles of Northern Ireland, the violent ethno-nationalist conflict of the late 20th century. Learn about neighborhood divisions in Belfast and efforts to bridge the divide and cultivate a more peaceful future. Explore the country’s Catholic and Protestant heritages, literary legacies, and hear personal memoirs of political turmoil. Examine conflicting national narratives and confront contemporary issues, while celebrating the culture and fortitude of the Irish people.

Thursday, June 4 | 1PM ET

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Thursday, June 11 | 1PM ET

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Archives

Access the recording of past events

EPISODE 1

COME TOGETHER w/ Yuval Ben Ami & Husam Jubr

AIRED MONDAY, MARCH 30TH
What challenges does the current health crisis bring to the travel industry?
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EPISODE 2

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

AIRED THURSDAY APRIL 2ND
A conversation with Dr. Rev. Mae Elise Cannon about constructive conflict, peace, advocacy, and more
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EPISODE 3

THE PLACE UNKNOWN

AIRED MONDAY, APRIL 6TH
Discover hidden treasure and little known sites in Israel and Palestine with the expertise of Steve Rubin, adventure and culture guide.
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EPISODE 4

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

AIRED THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH
Photojournalists Bosnian, Ziyah Gafić and Serbian, Marko Drobnjakovic will discuss their photojournalism work in the Balkans, the multiple narratives of the region, and the role of photography in storytelling.
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EPISODE 5

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

AIRED MONDAY APRIL 13TH
Less than a 1000 Samaritans still live in Israel and Palestine. But they continue to live their ancestors traditions. We will talk with Abood Cohen about the Samaritan community, their Passover celebration, and how they engage in the tourism industry.
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EPISODE 6

COLOMBIA TIERRA QUERIDA

AIRED THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH
Colombia is a beautiful country emerging from a challenging past. Learn from local leaders about its recent transformation, the peace agreement with the FARC, bio diversity, and the projects that are helping change Colombia for future generations.
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EPISODE 7

HEAL THE WORLD

AIRED MONDAY, APRIL 20TH
Hands of Peace is a non-profit organization that empowers young Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans to raise their voices as leaders of change. We will discuss their efforts and what we can do to help give Hands of Peace a chance.
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EPISODE 8

JERUSALEM OF GOLD

AIRED THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD
Your MEJDI Dual Narrative guides, Morgie (Israeli) and Ramzi (Palestinian), will provide an immersive virtual touring experience of the history, culture, and complex reality of the Holy Land.
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EPISODE 9

LEAN ON ME

AIRED THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH
Yigal and Arab are bereaved brothers, both having lost a sister due to the violent conflict. Their loss and pain led them to fight for justice and reconciliation – together. We’ll hear about their unlikely friendship, their own transformation, and the work of The Parents Circle – Families Forum.
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EPISODE 10

CHANGES

AIRED THURSDAY, MAY 7TH
System Ali was born in Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa as a result of the struggle for housing rights in the city. We’ll hear how the band has grown to become a diverse and exceptional cultural engine to community building and social change, learn about their entry to tourism and get a taste of their music.
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EPISODE 11

THE WORLD AT LARGE

AIRED THURSDAY, MAY 14TH
In recent years, more women than ever are traveling – thanks, in large part, to shifting societal expectations surrounding gender roles, as well as increased financial freedom. Understanding that not everyone has the same travel privileges (whether due to gender, race, nationality, class, language or sexual orientation) is an important consideration when planning any journey and an integral part of the discussion on socially responsible travel.
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EPISODE 12

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

AIRED THURSDAY, MAY 22ND
This episode features Samantha Bray of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), discussing the organization’s research on the future of responsible tourism, sharing her experiences working with destination communities around the world.
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