Galilee Youth Circus training session, Bi’ina, Israel, June 30, 2016
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The Galilee Youth Circus is comprised of Arab and Jewish kids, ages 6-18, from towns and villages in the Beit HaKerem Valley, which bridges the upper and lower Galilee in northern Israel. Weekly rehearsals are held after school in local gyms and performances are given all over the region for schools, festivals and events through the aid of an active parents’ committee.
According to circus cofounder, Rabbi Marc Rosenstein: “Circus will not bring peace to the Middle East. But, it can help to make dialogue possible by reducing fears, lowering barriers and building trust. It can provide a model of a shared loyalty that transcends ethnic identities. It can teach the art of taking risks for the common good. It can demonstrate, to a wide audience, that what appears to be impossible is, indeed, possible. None of these may be sufficient to bring about the requisite social change, but without them, no change is possible.”