HEROES OF FORGIVENESS
Elias Botto, Nahida Salem, Len and Libby Traubman
Palestinians Elias Botto and Nahida Salem along with Jewish Dentist Len Traubman and his wife Libby (shown in photo) are proving that Palestinians and Jews can change from “enemies” into partners. They joined together to form the Bay Area's Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group in San Mateo.
The Dialogue Group is the oldest sustained Dialogue of its kind in North America. It is made up of Arabs, Jews, and supportive others and has been a worldwide model of forgiving but not forgetting the past. There are a variety of participants -- young and old, Holocaust survivors and 20th generation Palestinians. They concentrate on initiating concrete projects that help people and invigorate the public peace process, here and overseas.
Their work has spawned 10 similar Dialogues in the Bay Area, over 60 nationwide, and 22 more on university campuses.
HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.
CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.