My Favorite Enemy, a collaboration between top selling Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, American, and Norwegian songwriters and recording artists, performed at the New York campus of HUC-JIR during a Goldner-Panken Symposium on February 14, 2013. They explained how they use music to create bridges in the Middle East. The performance featured Aya Korem, Alaa Shaham, Ohad Hitman, Basel Khoury, Zaid Modhi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, and Michael Hunter Ochs.
Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/New York, stated, "Sometimes we underestimate the power of art to help people see the world in new ways, and to destabilize rigid points of view that, while illuminating some aspects of human experience, can simultaneously blind us to others, especially those we deem foreign or threatening. This Goldner-Panken Symposium featuring My Favorite Enemy is just one among many opportunities at the New York School in which we strive to engage our students, faculty and staff, and the broader community as well, with art that challenges, opens the mind, presents complicated ideas, and uplifts the human spirit--in this case, in pursuit of the highest goal of all, peace."
With lyrics in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, My Favorite Enemy aims to prove that music is a universal language. They explain, "The members of My Favorite Enemy believe it is possible to peacefully challenge and change the status quo in a region that has for too long been entrenched in conflict. We believe political leaders need partners to create a better future. Those partners come from various sectors of society including cultural, academic, business, and the arts. This diversity allows us to build relationships among influential individuals and societies that have historically been divided." Learn more.
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