The Healing & Peace Quilt – 

Made by Jewish, Christian and Muslim women

In December 2011, The American Center in Jerusalem hosted over 60 Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze women to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Trust/Emun’s Women’s Interfaith Activities. Deputy Assistant Secretary Greta Holtz joined the circle of women who expressed their respect for each other and their hopes for the future.

TRUST-Emun, a Jerusalem-based NGO offering an alternative to conflict and violence, builds mutual trust and understanding through unique person-to-person programs and activities, enabling women to develop skills to learn about others as a basis for changing perceptions and behavior, while simultaneously strengthening their own identity. They bridge gaps that divide communities and work within communities for peace in Israel and the region.

The “Healing and Peace Quilt” was displayed at the Jerusalem International YMCA during the course of The First Jerusalem International Symposium on Green & Accessible Pilgrimage in 2013. As a strong adjunct to the event, the American Center exhibited the Palestinian-Israeli “Healing and Peace Quilt,” created by 72 Jewish, Christian and Muslim women, who realized a vision to embrace life and to work together to create a space for peace.
Their embroidered or painted quilt pieces represent each woman’s voice — a project still open for new pieces and new voices.