Doubling Down for Peace – Triathlon Fundraiser

He did it! Cranberry TriFest Triathlon:  $2,424 raised through 8/30!

Now you can help reach the goal.  Click here to make your secure donation online.

The Event:  Following his 2011-12 Hebrew College year in Israel, rabbinical student David Fainsilber committed himself to support grassroots organizations working for a non-violent resolution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. To fulfill his promise last year, David participated in his first-ever triathlon and raised $4,000 for the Mar Elias Educational Institutions.

Now he did it again: Doubling Down for Peace on 8/25/13!

The Goal: David’s working to raise $4248 in 2013 to benefit the Mar Elias Educational Institutions’ interfaith programming through his Triathlon August 25th. Why such an odd number? It’s last year’s goal of $3600 + 18%! Thanks, David.

A Matching Grant! A generous donor will match your gift dollar for dollar. Please be generous; you’ll literally be doubling down for peace.

What’s the background? David discovered the Mar Elias Schools after his Boston-based group of students spent an electrifying hour with Archbishop Elias Chacour during in Haifa in 2012. Abuna’s story of Building Peace on Desktops through the unique school he founded in Ibillin made David eager to see for himself. He found his way to Ibillin and spent an inspiring hour with Elias Abu Ghanima, Mar Elias’ spokesperson. A passion was born, and as soon as he returned to the US, David launched his support for Mar Elias’ dream of overcoming differences and teaching students to find a neighbor in “the Other” is lived out every day.

As a result: On August 25, 2013, David will race in his second triathlon to raise funds and awareness for Pilgrims of Ibillin in the USA and Peace it Together in Canada. Both organizations support programs in Israel that bring young people together across religious lines to cultivate peace and mutual understanding.

Why Pilgrims of Ibillin? It’s a US-based organization dedicated to supporting the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, Israel (founded by Fr. Elias Chacour), as well as other mission projects that cultivate a just peace in Israel-Palestine. Pilgrims of Ibillin provides this support through financial resources, education, and peace building projects.

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Both Pilgrims of Ibillin (USA) and Peace it Together (Canada) are registered charities. You will receive an official tax receipt with your donation, if you live in the same country as the charity through which you contribute.

Click here to make your contribution! It will be doubled by the matching grant and will directly benefit the students of Mar Elias. Then invite your friends and family, through emails or your own social networks, to join you in supporting this worthy cause.

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