Remembering Salah Ajarma, our beloved brother

On July 14th, Playgrounds for Palestine joined friends and family to remember Salah Ajarma, our dear friend, comrade, and brother who passed away in April 2021. Salah was an integral member of PfP and over the years he became family to all of us. He was a man of integrity, passion, and unwavering commitment to justice and his country. He dedicated his life to empowering his community, especially young people, and in the process created a school, a kindergarten, and spectacular community center in the heart of Aida refugee camp, where young people could go for recreation, music, art and dance lessons, after school help, and more. He touched so many lives, and all of …

Olive Oil Giveaway Campaign!

To show our love and appreciation for your constant support of PfP, we are doing a $500 VISA gift card appreciation giveaway! We have extended the deadline from October 1st to November first! To enter in the giveaway: Purchase at least three 500 mL bottles of our AIDA Palestinian Olive Oil, Turath Blend, before November 1. You can purchase here! Follow @playgroundsforpalestine on Instagram. Tag 2 friends in the comments of our giveaway post. A winner will be announced on November 5! ?????? ????? ?? ?? ????? ??????, ???????, ???? ????? ????? ??? ???? ???? ?????? ??????, ?? ?????????? ?????????????????? ???? ???????? ?????? ????????? ??? ? ?????? ??????? ??????. ??? ???? ??? ??????????? ????? ??? ??????????? ???? ???? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?????????. [???? ?? ? ??????? ????? ????????? ???? ?? ??????????? ????????????. 100% ?? ???????? ?? ?? ???? ??? ???????? ???????? ??????????? ??? ???????? ?? ????????? ?????????????? ??????? ?????].

Support for UNRWA’s COVID-19 Educational Response

Thanks to our wonderful donors, Playgrounds for Palestine was able to use some funds to support the UNRWA’s response to COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip for education. Children were able to return to schools in Gaza the week of August 8 through UNRWA’s efforts. UNRWA gave a shout-out to Playgrounds for Palestine on their facebook page to thank our incredible supporters for PfP’s contributions! Click here for the link to the video! Reuters published an article earlier this week about the return to school in Gaza: Children walk back to school after five-month shut-down, by Reuters.  Thank you again for all of your support, making PfP’s contribution to the continuation of UNRWA’s …

COVID-19 Response

On April 21st, Playgrounds for Palestine sent a survey to our donors about using some of our funds for a COVID-19 emergency direct aid.  The response from our supporters was overwhelmingly in the affirmative.    Families throughout Palestine have been hard hit by the pandemic, particularly those who rely on income from day labor in Israel.  The villages of East and West Toura, southwest of Jenin are no exceptions.  They were historically agricultural communities that produced wheat, olives, tobacco, and various produce.  However, as Israel confiscated nearly all village farmlands in the early 2000s, breadwinners were forced to work in Israel as day laborers.  Since the pandemic lockdown took effect in early March, few have been able to work and families have been facing severe shortages. To help alleviate some of the hardship, PfP worked …

2019 Annual Gala. Thank you!

Thank you so much for coming out to support Playgrounds for Palestine at our annual gala! It was an incredible night of food, music, and fun. Thank you to our wonderful patrons, volunteers, speakers, staff, and to Olive Press Eatery for catering.

2019 Annual Gala Tickets!

August 7, 2019 Dear PfP Fam. Tickets are now available for PfP’s Annual Gala, and we hope you will join us Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 5PM – 9PMBodek Lounge | Houston Hall | University of Pennsylvania3417 SPRUCE STREET | PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104We have a lot in store this year and can’t wait to update you on what we’ve been up to. As always, we’ll serve yummy food and there will be plenty of time to mingle and catch up with friends. You don’t want to miss the gorgeous silent auction items, and we’re sure you’ll love the entertainment. It’s always a pleasure to see familiar and new faces at our annual gala and we’re so …

Thank You!

PfP’s 2018 annual gala was fabulous.  Thank you to all of our patrons, volunteers, honored guests, UPenn facility staff, and Manakeesh (caterer), who made the evening what it was.

Join Us for PfP’s Annual Gala | 2018

Dear Friends, Tickets are now available for PfP’s Annual Gala, and we hope you will join us! Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 5PM – 9PM Bodek Lounge | Houston Hall | University of Pennsylvania 3417 SPRUCE STREET | PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104 This year’s dinner will be family-style, with a traditional maqloubeh pot and many sides on each table. Of course, vegetarian and/or vegan options will be available. You don’t want to miss the gorgeous items we’ve collected from around the world for …

Dinner with Chef Anan Zahr

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew invites you to a Palestinian Benefit Dinner with Chef Anan Zahr on Sunday, July 22nd, 3 PM to 6 PM. The dinner is co-sponsored by: Delaware Episcopalians for Middle East Peace, Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace, and Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew 719 N. Shipley St. Wilmington, DE 19801 Purchase your tickets here ($75 …

PfP SkateQilya featured on NBC News

From NBC News:  The following article on SkateQilya, a project sponsored by PfP, appeared on NBC online SEP 2 2017, 5:30 AM ET Skateboarding Camp Helps Palestinians See Beyond West Bank Walls by PETRA CAHILL and LAWAHEZ JABARI Abdullah Milhem takes to the air on a ramp at SkateQilya in the West Bank. Adam Abel / NBC News QALQILYA, West Bank — Residents in this Palestinian city never see the sunset; Israel’s imposing security wall blocks the view towards the west, and much else. Now, a skateboarding summer camp in Qalqilya is helping kids to see a new horizon. “When you get on the skateboard, you don’t think about all the problems you have. All you’re focused on is that you have to stay …

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Remembering Salah Ajarma, our beloved brother

On July 14th, Playgrounds for Palestine joined friends and family to remember Salah Ajarma, our dear friend, comrade, and brother who passed away in April 2021. Salah was an integral member of PfP and over the years he became family to all of us. He was a man of integrity, passion, and unwavering commitment to justice and his country. He dedicated his life to empowering his community, especially young people, and in the process created a school, a kindergarten, and spectacular community center in the heart of Aida refugee camp, where young people could go for recreation, music, art and dance lessons, after school help, and more. He touched so many lives, and all of us are better people for having known him. We miss him terribly, but we will continue in the legacy of service that he left for us. Our love and condolences to his family.

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