Abrahamic Reunion Boulder

Stories and Insights during a tour of Israel with the Abrahamic Reunion – February 17 to 28, 2017.

Family Portrait in a Flash! Blue Crane Photography LIMITED TIME Offer…

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments

Who Else Wants to Capture their Family Story in a Flash?

Blue Crane Photography has gracious extended their generous offer because they support our efforts toward Peace…


Urgent! Limited Time ONLY – Until February 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Abrahamic Reunion Boulder Family Photo Shoot Fundraiser Offer

Note: When you make a donation of $99 to the Abrahamic Reunion, Blue Crane Photography in Longmont will receive same-day notification. They will contact you with your certificate for the photography session.

Any questions? Send an email to debra-sue @ keymarketresearch.net

100% of these donations will go directly to support the Abrahamic Reunion gatherings in Israel.

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List of Sponsors – Funds Raised

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments

We Gratefully Appreciate Our Sponsors Who Made This First ABRAHAMIC REUNION in Boulder a True SUCCESS!

Abrahamic Reunion Boulder Gala Fundraiser

Abrahamic Reunion Boulder Family Photo Shoot Fundraiser OfferStill Available for Donors:

  • Blue Crane Photography Offer:  EXPIRES FEB 28, 2015
  • Hand Painted Silk Scarves Originally Designed: $100 each
  • Commemorative Booklets: $20 each
  • To purchase Booklet or Scarf –
    • email Debra-Sue @ KeyMarketResearch.net

 100% of these donations will go directly to support the Abrahamic Reunion gatherings in Israel.

Our Sponsors:

Main Event:

Silent Auction:

Who Else Will Join Us in Our Efforts for PEACE and HARMONY in the Holy Land?

Boulder’s next Abrahamic Reunion Gathering – Coming in April

Please Donate Now to the ABRAHAMIC REUNION Gatherings in Israel:

Note: 100% of these donations will directly support the Abrahamic Reunion gatherings in Israel.

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Commerative Scarf Designed for the Abrahamic Reunion Cause

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments

Designer: Evelyn Marie Williams

Available Nowhere Else!

“Each one is a uniquely hand-painted and dyed one-of-a-kind scarf”

Cost: $100

Abrahamic Reunion Gala Fundraiser eTown Boulder ScarfA Word from the Artist:

“I am so grateful these are such a big hit, yes I can make more and will start tomorrow evening.

Each scarf is hand painted individually.

It takes a few days to go through the process because of the drying times in between each step. The design is hand drawn or written then dried naturally. Paint or dye is applied in the remaining area of the scarf in layers, drying naturally for a couple of days.

They then go thru a heat curing process and after that I wash, rinse and dry them in specific products for silk. This is different than a silk screen process like shirts can be done.”

~ Evelyn Marie Williams

***100% of the cost of this scarf will go toward this fundraiser event***

To special order this original piece of art before the event, send an email to Debra-Sue Cope. Put “Scarf Order” in the subject line. ~ Thank you!

Your Donations Are Greatly Appreciated…

Help Make This Reunion For Peace and Harmony a Success!

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Boulder’s Leaders for Peace at this Abrahamic Reunion Gala

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments


Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Charna-Rosenholtz Religious Tolerance Fundraiser

Maggid Charna Rosenholtz, MA

Maggid Charna Rosenholtz is an accomplished teacher, specializing in psycho-spiritual growth and applications of spiritual wisdom. Ordained as a Hebrew wisdom teacher (Maggid) by Rabbi’s Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Tirzah Firestone in 2007, and Rabbi David Zaslow in 2014, she also holds a Masters degree in religious studies from Naropa University in Boulder.

Charna has specialized in teaching and leading Torah studies since 1998 and has presented on issues of spirituality to all age groups. A rabbinic student with Aleph Jewish Renewal Alliance, she teaches at several synagogues along the Front Range of Colorado.

A visionary, Charna believes in the role of Hebrew Scriptures as a living guide for becoming the best that we can be. Her passion, skill set in developing empowered learning environments, and caring presence creates successful circles of learning.



Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Bob Ballance Religious Tolerance Fundraiser Bob Ballance, Senior Minister at Pine Street Church in Boulder

Bob Ballance is a hands-on leader who wants to know everyone in the congregation. He has a grand sense of humor, works with abundant energy, is passionate about strengthening the local church and helping people discover (or rediscover) the presence of our loving, creating, challenging God. Bob believes strongly that all who come to the church are welcome – no exceptions – and he wants everyone in the congregation he serves, whether a long-tenured member or a brand new participant, to have a meaningful place of service where each one feels loved, needed and appreciated.

He calls himself a “Matthew 25 disciple of Christ” because he strongly believes that the compassion and kindness we show to others – especially to those who are hurting and without resources – is what brings the greatest joy to the very heart of God.


Abrahamic Reunion Gala Events Catherine Ballance Religious Tolerance Fundraiser Catherine Kent Ballance, Associate Minister of Pastoral Care

Catherine Kent Ballance is a gifted listener and a compassionate minister, serving as one of associate pastors at Pine Street Church. She assists with pastoral care, counseling and worship leadership. Catherine feels strongly that faith is closely linked to how we treat one another and how we manage life, including our talents, relationships, possessions, and even our stewardship of the Earth’s resources. She uses her gift of photography to capture the beauty of God’s creation though people and our beautiful surroundings here in Colorado.

She is also Director of Community and Faith Relations for Boulder county’s Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. She and Bob have two grown daughters, Lora, who lives with her husband, Will, in Seattle, and Emily, a chemist, who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Martie McMane eTownMartie McMane, Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Boulder

Martie McMane is an exceptionally engaging leader with a Master of Divinity from the Ashland Theological Seminary and Master of Arts in Teaching from DePauw University. She serves as the Senior Minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Boulder. Previously she has lead Pastorates in Connecticut and Ohio, served on the National Staff of UCC and, in a different “lifetime,” a high school and college teacher of theatre arts.

At the “First Cong” the people are lively, compassionate, progressive, open-minded, and are interested in deepening the journey of faith. Willing to try new things yet honor traditions, they are like a beautiful prism, refracting the Divine light in each person.

A Scripture verse important to Martie: Romans 8: 39: “There is nothing in all creation that can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”


Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Islamic Center Sheikh Shoaib and Fateh Tumia from The Islamic Center of Boulder

Sheik Shoaib, who is avidly working to master conversational English, will be attending the Abrahamic Reunion Gala along with his learned translated, Fateh Tumia.

The Islamic Center of Boulder was founded in the late 1970s by a group of students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. More than 30 years later, they continue to be a force for Peace – check out the Lemon Tree Walk To Build Bridges.

On 9/11 this year, Lemon Tree Group organized a walk to promote Jewish-Palestinian dialogue. The Walk began at the Islamic Center of Boulder, traveled to Congregation Har Hashem, then to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and culminated on the Boulder Downtown Mall with intercultural music and speakers representing the Abrahamic faith communities.

Similar to the Abrahamic Reunion Gala, this Walk To Build Bridges created a new experience for people of separate communities to get to know each other one-to-one, foundational to building healthy communities.

“What a wonderful Walk we had! With over 125 people in the rain and freezing weather! We came together in a spirit of peace and peoplehood. I got to know members of other communities I would never had had a chance to talk with. Lovely people as we walked together. Thanks everyone for coming and making this a landmark event.”

Who Else Will Join Us in Our Efforts for PEACE and HARMONY in the Holy Land?

Buy Tickets to the Abrahamic Reunion Gala at eTown on January 24, 2015

Tickets Available Soon

Or Donate Directly to the ABRAHAMIC REUNION Gatherings in Israel:


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Musical Performances at Boulder’s First “Abrahamic Reunion”

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments

Jack Hadley Band

Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Jack Hadley Band at eTown HallBlues and Soul with Dancing in the Main Hall

The son of a Filipino mother and an African-American father, Jack was born in the Philippines. He grew up in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Former lead guitarist for Otis Taylor, he plays at festivals and shows all over the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Finland.

Jack takes a fresh look at the blues with updated versions of classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Walter “Billy Boy” Arnold and more…

Check out Jack’s music!

Sherefe Music Ensemble with Sheldon Sands

Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Sherefe World MusicMiddle Eastern & Klezmer Music in the Main Hall

Named after a Turkish drinking toast “to your honor”, Sherefe is a group of musicians based in Boulder, CO who play music from the Balkans and the Middle East. They dearly love this music and have been performing at concerts and dance parties in the western US since 1996.

Their repertoire consists of songs in Hebrew, Greek, Turkish, Arabic and more. Members include Jesse Manno on bouzouki, baglama, ud, flutes, vocals, and percussion, James Hoskins on cello, gadulka, zurna, and vocals, and Sheldon Sands on piano and drums.

For more information, please visit Sherefe World Music Ensemble.

Ben Waligoske & Ryan Tipton Duo

Abrahamic Reunion Gala Boulder Events Ben Waligoske eTown Jan 24, 2015Downstairs near the Refreshments

Ben Waligoske & Ryan Tipton Duo – AKA “The Social Livers” – are an acoustic duo from Boulder, CO that play good-time rock n’ roll, soul, folk, and jazz music. Featuring guitarist Ben Waligoske – Springdale Quartet, The New LPs – and pianist Ryan Tipton – Fleedami Organ Trio, Hot Club of Pearl Street, The New LPs.

The Duo came together out of a desire to write and explore music influenced by acoustic folk, blues & gospel, jazz, and rock. The Duo also incorporates arrangements from artists that both hold high admiration for, including The Band, The Beatles, Wynton Kelly, New Orleans music, Neil Young, jazz standards and much more.

You can find them all around Colorado at venues, pubs, breweries, and anywhere good folks gather – just keep an eye on Ben Waligoske & Ryan Tipton Duo Facebook Page for news!

Who Else Will Join Us in Our Efforts for PEACE and HARMONY in the Holy Land?

Buy Tickets to the Abrahamic Reunion Gala at eTown on January 24, 2015

Tickets Available Soon

Or Donate Directly to the ABRAHAMIC REUNION Gatherings in Israel:


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Abrahamic Reunion in Acco, Israel

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Abrahamic Reunion Boulder | 0 comments


Abrahamic Reunion Gala Fundraiser Boulder CO

From Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, coordinators of the Abrahamic Reunion. Thanks to the Rising Tide International and the German Global Hope Fund for their support. View and share more photos of the Abrahamic Reunion in Israel.

Journey to Acco for Peace in Israel

On October 26, 2014, 80 Jews and Arabs journeyed together from Jerusalem and the Galilee to Acco. Despite the ongoing tensions in Jerusalem, the Reunion was a success.

Upon arrival in the “Old City” in Acco, they gathered at the Shaduli Sharuti Sufi Center. Sheikh Ghassan Manasra opened with blessings for the Islamic New Year and Jewish Holy Days. To deepen relationships, they broke up into smaller, mixed groups to study Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious texts in Hebrew and Arabic.

 “If we Jews and Arabs look within our religious traditions, we find that we all share faith in the one G-d. Therefore it’s imperative that believers in the one G-d work for the sake of peace, in order to serve the one G-d. In the end of days all the nations and peoples will come to serve the one G-d… so lets do it together now!” ~ Rabbi Eliyahu

After breaking bread and sharing lunch at the Sufi Center, they walked the alleys of Old Acco to the historic Al-Jazzar Mosque. Welcomed by the mosque staff, they listened to the Chief Rabbi of Acco Yosef Yashar speak of his city as a model for Arab-Jewish co-existence.

The gathering opened their circle to two controversial religious leaders, inviting them to shift from fear of ‘the other’ to a path of engagement and peace-building.

Abrahamic Reunion Gala Fundraiser Boulder CO beachAt the day’s end, the group traveled to the Hof HaCarmel beach in Haifa, where they watched the sunset and had fun on the beach together. A few of the participants who came from the West Bank had never before seen the ocean.

This relationship-building gathering in Acco closed with a prayer for peace on the waves of the Mediterranean.

Who Else Will Join Us in Our Efforts for PEACE and HARMONY in the Holy Land?

Buy Tickets to the Abrahamic Reunion Gala at eTown on January 24, 2015

Tickets Available Soon

Or Donate Directly to the Abrahamic Reunion Gatherings in Israel:

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