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URI Multiregion Newsletter

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

We are proud to announce our new quarterly Newsletter!

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Hope in Life Foundation – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Hope in Life Foundation Cooperation Circle had another opportunity to reach out to community

members on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and share during National Domestic Violence Awareness

Month. We shared facts and figures collected and published by the NNEDV for 2013 on domestic

violence. We were able to communicate to the audience that the issue has becomes the fastest growing

epidemic in the world and needs attention. During the interaction we asked the audience awareness

questions, e.g. were they aware that October is considered to be National Domestic Violence Awareness

Month? Why the Golden State of CA was turning purple this month?


Domestic Violence is not just a criminal issue but also a social issue and a health priority. In the

U.S., 24 percent of adult women and 14 percent of adult men have been physically assaulted by a

partner at some point in their lives. According to Robert Pearl, M.D. it triggers not just personal suffering

but also leads to lesser productivity, absenteeism and raises health care costs to disproportionate levels.

Each year, an estimated 8 million days of paid work is lost in the U.S. because of domestic violence.

Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8

billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion). Abused women are not just victims of mental harassment,

depression, and low self-esteem but also fall prey to chronic diseases including heart disease and



The NNEDV statistics revealed lack of shelter and the number of unmet requests due to

unavailability of staff, government funding, lack of legal representation and various other issues.

We wish to motivate people from various religious backgrounds to proactively combat this issue

through education and training as opposed to offering help to abused individuals after the fact even

though such services are available. We are addressing the root cause of the problem by working with

children and community members and we realize that it will take, maybe, over two decades to eradicate

the problem.



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Multiregion CC get together during URI India National Assembly

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings of love and peace from India.

URI India National Assembly will be held from November 14-17, 2014 at AMRITASAR, Punjab. URI India team lead by Biswadeb are kind to allot about ten members free participation from Multiregion CC representatives. This means lodging and food will be free for the participants. This is a great opportunity for Multiregion CCs in and around URI India subcontinent to interact with other URI Multiregion CCs and URI India CCs. This would be especially inspiring and refreshing as Multiregion gathering does not happen very often.

Brief program:

  • 14th November 5 pm, Inauguration // at Amritasar
  • 15th November – full day conference
  • 16th November full day conference 
  • 17th Morning tour ( optional) &  Departure till evening

We, therefore, encourage and invite Multiregion CC representatives  to participate in this event. Interested members may contact me on or before Sunday October 26, 2014.




Women of Action (Seeds of Peace) visit to Samaritanson Mt. Gerizim

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

From our friends in the Middle East: 

Dear Friends,

On Friday I was part of a group of Palestinian and Israeli women from the Women of Action (Seeds of Peace) who visited Mt. Gerizim – Har Bracha (Mount of Blessing) the home of the Samaritans near Nablus/Schem.  See attached photo.  The arriving women all embraced and kissed and expressed delight to see each other after many months and such a hard summer of war and violence.  

The Samaritan community reveres Mt. Gerizim as their holy site and trace their ancestry back for thousands of years.  We were hosted by a lovely Samaritan woman who shared with us their practices and customs.  The Christian women shared the story of the Good Samaritan from their Bible.  The Muslim, Christian, and Jewish women discussed the differences between the Samaritan marriage practices with the different religions.  We visited their synagogue where eveyone sits on the floor, and heard about their Shabbat rituals from a Cohen/Priest.  Later we went to the Samaritan Museum where the brother of their High Priest explained their history and practices.  It was fascinating to learn about this ancient sect.  We went up to the top of Mt. Gerizim where you can look out over a panoramic view of the area, and visit the ancient ruins there. 

At this spot we had listening circles where all of the Israeli and Palestinian women shared about the difficulties we have suffered over the summer during the war, and the ongoing struggles now.  Women expressed anger, hurt, shame, despondence, frustration, and much pain.  As one woman reported “everyone on every side said that they had the worst summer of their lives and had sunk into depths of despair”.  And when discussing our feelings about being together, one said “I didn’t come here to visit the Samaritans, I came here to be with my sisters.”  Everyone expressed relief and happiness to feel the support of each other and to experience our sisterhood of suffering together. We look forward to another gathering next month being arranged by Lisa Waldbaum and Karen Abuzant, the coordinators.  

I carry the smiles and embraces in my heart.  


Blessings and love,



Elana Rozenman
Executive Director

“What’s Possible” – A New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Below is a short film that was shown at the UN last week: