Events / Raising awareness

At Tree of Life Educational Fund we aim to affect change by educating the American public. Through our educational and cultural events, we bring Palestinian, Israeli and other international voices of conscience together to inform our audiences on the realities of life in the occupied territories, and the history of the ongoing conflict. We also aim to show the beauty and steadfastness of Palestinian culture by showcasing traditional Palestinian dance and music, art and food.

We believe that an informed public has the power to shift the current narrative by sharing their newfound knowledge within their families and communities, and with their elected representatives at the local, state and federal levels.


Fall Speaker Series – October 2018

Thank You for Supporting Tree of Life’s Rachel’s Children Fall Lecture Series! Since January of this year, more than 900 Palestinian children under 18 have been arrested or detained by the Israeli military. The primary charge is throwing rocks. Many of these children are arrested from their homes in the middle of the night – a terrifying experience that can...
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A Tree of Life Homecoming – June 2018

First Congregational Church 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT An afternoon of sharing Journey experiences with fellow travelers, hearing thoughts from our Palestinian friends living in the U.S., and a look at what’s to come for Tree of Life. Beautiful music, delicious foods, a raffle and silent auction, and more.   Special guest Mazin Qumsiyeh, former Yale Professor now a distinguished...
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Courageous Women of Resistance – October 2017

Many thanks to all who participated in our Courageous Women of Resistance series. Fayrouz Sharqawi of Grassroots Jerusalem engaged audiences throughout Connecticut and Massachussets with an amazing story of challenge and hope. Her work with Palestinian community outreach has made incredible impact and empowered countless youth and adults. As our Portland, Oregon host said about Fayrouz “Fayrouz is wonderful:  articulate,...
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