Friends of Sabeel-North America will hold two conferences in February. "Working for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel: In Word and Deed," scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5 at the Columbia Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and "American Churches and the Palestinians," Feb. 11 and 12 at the Austin, Texas Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Sabeel will sponsor two witness trips to the Holy Land in 2005: March 4-11, and Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Participants will bear witness in Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and other West Bank cities, worship in local churches, tour the Old City, and participate in advocacy workshops and other activities. For trip information and registration, visit , call 011-972-2-532-7136, or e-mail or .
Study Tour to Israel and Palestine
The UK branch of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is accepting applications for a 10-day spring study tour to Israel/Palestine. In addition to meeting with people on both sides of the divide-Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims-tour participants will have the opportunity to meet ICAHD staff members and to visit the Beit Arabiya Peace Center, where they will enjoy a meal hosted by Salim Shawamreh, as well as the Daila Center, ICAHD's new civil society empowerment and cultural project in West Jerusalem. ICAHD founder Jeff Halper will address participants and lead the "Greater" Jerusalem tour, including the Separation Wall, the Ma'ale Adumin settlement and the Israeli "matrix of control" road system. For additional information, e-mail
Arabic and Eastern Music Seminar
Xauen Music, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Sephardic, Turkish, and Armenian music, announces The Heartland Seminar on Arabic and Eastern Music, to be held March 19-23 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin.The five-day residential program is designed both for people who wish to begin their study as well as those who seek to improve their skills through individualized instruction, lectures, and workshops. Special sessions will be devoted to topics such as music marketing and promotion, composition, technical issues, and education. The instructors are Hicham Chami of Chicago on qanun, Hanna Khoury of Philadelphia on violin, Scott Marcus of Santa Barbara on ney, Naser Musa of Los Angeles on vocals, Karim Nagi Mohammed of Boston on percussion, and Kareem Roustom of Boston on oud. …