About the NEYM Israel-Palestine Working Group

The Israel-Palestine Working Group of New England Yearly Meeting has been meeting since 2015, primarily to plan programs at Yearly Meeting Sessions about Palestine-Israel. Each summer we’ve organized and facilitated over 30 programs including slideshows and movies about the region, workshops, speakers, a Gaza pinwheel display from the AFSC, photographic displays, and informal lunch sessions. Most recently we have concentrated on helping write and distribute minutes (statements) from monthly and quarterly meetings. We are a small, self-appointed interest group from different sections of New England within New England Yearly Meeting. Most of us have visited the Palestine-Israel  numerous times and have been active on related issues for more than one decade.

Our goals are to foster comprehension of the constantly shifting political landscape, encourage Quaker and individual action, ultimately to contribute to a just peace in Palestine-Israel. One vehicle for this is a strong fair minute from NEYM.

“Our lives are love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another, but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.” (Isaac Penington, 1667)

Cliff Bennett (Plainfield MM, VT), Margaret Hawthorn (Monadnock Quaker Meeting, NH), Anita Rapone (Burlington Friends Meeting), Susan Rhodewalt (Northeast Kingdom Quaker Meeting, VT), Scott Rhodewalt (Northeast Kingdom Quaker Meeting, VT), Skip Schiel  (Friends Meeting at Cambridge, MA), Charles Simpson (Burlington Friends Meeting), Jonathan Vogel Borne (Friends Meeting at Cambridge), Martha Yager (RI)

Sandy Isaacs was a key founding member active until his death in January 2019, and Joyce Rawitscher was an earlier important founding member, active until her death in November 2016.

We are a self-selected interest group within New England Yearly Meeting, and part of the Faith in Action Committee of NEYM.