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Israeli-Palestinian youth choir makes peace through song | Religion News Service

By Michele Chabin

While attending a U.S.-based interfaith camp as a teen, Micah Hendler had an idea.

Now in its second year, the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus brings together Jewish, Muslim and Christian high school students for singing and dialogue. Photo courtesy of YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Now in its second year, the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus brings together Jewish, Muslim and Christian high school students for singing and dialogue. Photo courtesy of YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

What would happen if he launched an Israeli-Palestinian choir that encouraged Jerusalem-area Israeli and Palestinian high school students to make music and engage in dialogue?

Two years ago, the 24-year-old Maryland-born Yale graduate moved to Jerusalem to do just that.

Hendler knew several of the coexistence projects that once flourished in the city had collapsed under the weight of Palestinian terror attacks and Israeli military incursions. And he knew the work wouldn’t be easy.

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