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. During those gatherings, we have now organized and facilitated over 40 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, active, dedicated group from different sections within New England Yearly Meeting. Most of us have visited 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 (VT), Anita Rapone (Burlington Meeting, VT), Scott Rhodewalt (Northeast Kingdom Meeting, VT), Skip Schiel  (Friends Meeting at Cambridge, MA), Charles Simpson (Burlington Meeting VT), Jonathan Vogel Borne (Friends Meeting at Cambridge), and Chris Andres (Putney Meeting, VT).

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. Martha Yager, former staff person for the American Friends Service Committee, significantly helped us in our first years.

Watch for news of our new programming for New England Yearly Meeting sessions in Castleton VT, held August 1 -6, 2020, pending resumption of in-person gatherings. Our programing for sessions, 2019.

We are a self-selected working group within New England Yearly Meeting.