SJCA Announces Special Presentation of a Timely Documentary, Children of Peace

Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York are proud to present a special showing of the new documentary Children of Peace. Israeli Director Maayan Schwarz will join us for a discussion after the film.

Maayan and his family grew up in Israel in the only community in the world where Palestinians and Israelis have chosen to live together. The village is called Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, “oasis of peace,” a social experiment that became reality. The film explores the lives of children who grew up as best friends – but as adults, became aware of and lived with the daily, ongoing conflict around them between Israelis and Palestinians. This documentary was made before the crisis of October 7 but is more relevant now than ever as people discuss the future of this complex place.

Maayan is the cousin of Temple Sinai members Lollie Abramson, Mickey Stark, and Peri and Kevin Allen. Maayan will be previewing the documentary for the first time in New York City at the Israeli Film Festival. He has graciously offered SJCA this special showing of the film while he visits family in Saratoga.

To learn more about the film and watch a trailer, go to Children of Peace Information and Trailer.

Join us at Temple Sinai on June 2 at 7 pm to see the film and join the discussion with Maayan. Advance registration is required. There will not be a Zoom presentation. Donations will be accepted.


For more information, click on the program description below:

Children of Peace Program Description (Recommended)

Children of Peace program description (Word document)


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Brian – this will be in the west wing (no school), setup from Phyllis: It will be a film with speaker . chairs to face the drop down screen. Hold yet on numbers until I have a better idea. Two tables for coffee and desserts.


Jun 02 2024


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm