The Parents Circle

Parents Circle Families Forum – Opening Minds, One Heart at a Time

Barrington's White HouseCommunity Events, Cultural Events

Join Parents Circle Families Forum’s bereaved members, Robi Damelin and Najwa Saadeh at Barrington’s White House on Thursday, May 3rd, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation in their presentation entitled “Opening Minds, One Heart at a Time.”  Participate in a discussion on the human side of the conflict and why relationship building, mutual understanding of the “other side” and a reconciliation framework is necessary for any sustainable peace agreement.  This is a free community event.  As we expect this event to fill quickly, registration is highly recommended. You may register for this event here

Robi Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson of the Parents Circle.  Her son, David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2002 while guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service.  Robi speaks to Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences all over the world to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement.  Robi was named a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World.  In 2014, Robi was selected by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice as one of four Women Peace Makers.  She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.





Najwa Saadeh was born in Bethlehem, Palestine.  She became a member of the Parents Circle when she lost her daughter, Christine.  In March, 2003, the Israeli army opened fire at their car and her 12-year-old daughter, Christine, was killed. Since then, Najwa has devoted her life to seeking peace in Palestine and Israel by finding ways to stop the bloodshed and to achieve justice for all.  To overcome her sadness, she has decided to work for hope and peace in order to build a better future for everyone, especially children.  “Forgiveness is something great.”



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The Parents Circle Families Forum is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families.  Their common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the conflict.  But instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of reconciliation.

The PCFF hopes for the day that political leaders reach agreement for peace. But they strongly believe that reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people is essential to ensuring that peace is sustainable.

Barrington’s White House is a unique, historic venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. Visit the web site or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.