Thursday, November 29, 2007

Oasis of Peace

When Alexander was only 2 months old, he took his first trip to the Middle East where he visited the Old City of Jerusalem and the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the only place in the world where Palestinians and Jews have made a determined effort to live, work and educate their children together with mutual respect and genuine equality for all people. Here is a video -- with special guest appearance by Alex (watch and listen closely) -- as we jetset around the world sharing the message that peace is possible!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Trick or Treat?

Alex may have traveled the world, but he didn’t make it far on Halloween. Trick-or-Treating at only a few houses in the neighborhood, Alex was the best astronaut ever. Maybe by this time next year, he’ll have explored the solar system. In the meantime, we prefer to keep him on planet Earth.

Walking for Hope

Having hope isn’t always easy. And, Walking for Hope also takes a lot of work – especially when you are only two feet tall. Alex may be the youngest peacemaker logging miles on a pedometer for the sake of saving the planet. But working for peace will come naturally for Alex. His given name, meaning “defender of humanity,” leaves him a daunting future.

One Saturday this fall, Alex walked three miles for peace as a part of the annual Walk for Hope ( Alongside a breadth of organizations interested in changing our planet, Alex walked for Palestinian children who have lost arms, legs, eyes and more as the result of violent conflict. The Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund ( is seeking medical support so that children may know another future -- one free of pain. And, Alex walked for Jews and Arabs who’ve made a determined effort to live, work and raise their children together in the “Oasis of Peace” Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (http://www.oasisofpeace.og/). It’s taken for granted that Alex is growing up in a home learning about equality, respect, cooperation and genuine peace for all peoples. In the Arab-Jewish village, “Oasis of Peace,” they are teaching it one person at a time.

Spending only the last short leg in his stroller, Alex walked for peace, for hope. The power of hope should not be underestimated. In moments of severe crisis, it is hope that keeps humans living and believing that things can be different. So, the next time you think the situation in the Middle East or the world is hopeless, that there is nothing you can do…think again. If Alex can do it, then so can you. With all the miles that Alex has flown and strolled, these may just be the three most important of all.