This blog was contributed by UK Friends’ trustee Debbie Young-Somers
This August just gone (well a bit longer gone) the UK Friends were excited to be able to help sponsor the participation of a Muslim Jewish story telling duo at Limmud in the Woods – an annual Jewish popup learning experience combined with camping and creativity.
Jumana Moon and Adelle Moss offered story telling from both traditions, exploring the stories of Sarah and Hagar, telling bed time stories under canvas and warming the crowds around the campfire. They represented the Abrahamic values of welcome and interfaith co-operation, and drew their listeners in with magical instruments and participation- the open tent of Abraham and Sarah would have loved to offer such warmth and togetherness. After a difficult summer in the region and continuing tensions across the lands of the Path itself, this was a welcome message of hope and cooperation.
UKFAP hopes to reach out to many models of community and with the help of our new intern – Mia Tamarin – intend this to be just the start of a busy year!
A very warm welcome to Mia Tamarin, who has joined us on an internship as the UKFAP coordinator. She will work with us until the end of the year to help build connections with individuals and groups in the UK who are interested in walking and supporting the Abraham Path. Mia, from Tel Aviv, is completing an MA in international law at SOAS, University of London, following her Batchelor’s degree at Leeds Met University in peace studies and international relations. Mia is a United World College scholar, a global educational movement for peace and a sustainable future, and studied for two years in New Mexico with UWC-USA.
Mia says: “I believe that, while these are challenging times for anyone from or engaged with the Middle East, the Abraham Path is a place where people can learn about the region, see it through different eyes, experience its magic and connect with the diverse range of cultures it embraces. It is the AP vision – to inspire understanding, communities that can prosper, and hope for humanity – which attracted me to this position.
“Although this isn’t a great moment to invite people to walk, we hope people will join us and continue to support this unique project. I shall be doing everything I can to promote our vision for the path and to encourage supporters and walkers.”
NationalGeographic Traveller rates the Abraham Path the world’s #1 new walking trail. The path truly comes to life in this beautiful traveler’s piece which you can read here.
NationalGeographic‘s Ben Lerwill writes, “The landscape has a hardiness that conceals gifts: mistletoe, wagtails, dragonflies and pink cyclamen. … We sleep in welcoming homestays. I learn that lamb-filled flatbreads and pomegranate juice make good hiking fuel, and the valleys glow gold at first light.”