Vail Valley locals inspired to help promote peace |

Vail Valley locals inspired to help promote peace

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –When Carol Reichman-Cook traveled to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank last year with other Vail Valley residents, she saw firsthand how young women there live in an environment of constant upheaval.

A woman from the board of Creativity for Peace, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that teaches peace to Palestinian and Israeli girls, was on the trip and introduced the Vail locals to women who told compelling stories of their struggles in the Middle East.

“We thought it would be wonderful to invite them to Vail,” Reichman-Cook said.

She’s hosting an evening with the young women Friday night with her husband, Peter, and Mikki and Morris Futernick, also of Vail. The night is free and open to the public, and will feature three of the Creativity for Peace campers in an intimate session.

Dottie Indyke, Creativity for Peace’s executive director, said the girls coming to Vail are part of the year-round training program that happens both in the Middle East and around Santa Fe. The girls are called young leaders because they will continue to promote peace to other young women going through the program.

“They’re healing from the trauma of war and they learn to lead groups and do other things useful to them in their peacemaking and leadership development,” Indyke said.

Reichman-Cook wanted the women to come to Vail to show this community how they’ve overcome obstacles in their lives and have learned to appreciate one another.

Israelis and Palestinians, who live very close to each other, live amidst constant war. Israelis and Palestinians are taught from a young age that the other is the enemy, which is why Creativity for Peace teaches girls to coexist and learn to understand one another, Indyke said.

The young leaders coming to Vail plan to talk about how their attitudes have changed since going to camp and also about why they think peace in the Middle East may be possible, Indyke said.

“They’re very wise and inspiring girls,” she said. “To listen to people so interested in world peace and social justice is very moving.”

Reichman-Cook said she wants people in the valley to hear these stories and become as inspired and educated as she was during her trip.

“My hope is that (guests) are enlightened as to the grassroots progress going on in society (in the Middle East) to try and achieve peaceful relations,” Reichman-Cook said.

Three young women from the Middle East will speak about peace and personal struggles with culture and conflict, Friday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The free event will be at the home of Mikki and Morris Futernick in Vail and will feature a light supper. To R.S.V.P, e-mail, or call 970-476-0840.

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