Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger are co-leaders ofROOTS, an organization in the West Bank whose mission is to: “Foster a grassroots movement of understanding, non-violence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.”  Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali Abu Awwad is today a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance, and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict.  Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali.  Ali and Hanan will be with us for a coffee hour presentation and a roundtable luncheon conversation on Sunday, October 9.  Ali and Hanan will tell their individual stories of how their friendship has impacted their lives and inspired their joint efforts for nonviolence and peace.