Thank You! Annual Gala Recap

All of us at PfP would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our annual gala this year.  We are grateful to our fabulous and very funny emcee, Amer Zahr, who kept the evening both lighthearted and substantive. Speakers Adam Abel and Kenny Reed spoke at length about the SkateQilya project that PfP continues to fund in order to establish and proliferate skateboarding as a viable sport and recreation activity for youth in Palestine, particularly for girls.  The project was established by Mohammad Othman, who, unfortunately, could not travel from Palestine to be with us, but Adam showed us video footage of him, interviews with the kids benefiting from the project, and action shots of kids on wheels flying in the air.  Salah Ajarma, who came all the way from Palestine, talked to us about Lajee Center, what the playground there has meant to the children …

Silent Auction Items

We’re so excited about this year’s gala! Our silent auction has been one a staple of all our annual fundraisers and as many of you have often requested that we preview the auction items, we’ve decided to give a sneak peek at some of them, below.

You’re Invited!

  Dear Friends This is a reminder to get your ‘Early Bird’ tickets for PfP’s annual gala, if you haven’t already done so. The Early Bird price is what we pay per person for the space, food, AV, and entertainment. We’re very excited about our 16th Annual Gala, where we renew our commitment to Palestinian children and show you all we’ve done in the past year. As always, we will offer delicious Middle Eastern food, informative presentations about our work, beautiful music, a fabulous silent auction, entertainment, and, best of all, community. Where: Material Culture 4700 Wissahickon …

Save The Date

What: PfP’s Annual Gala Where: Material Culture 4700 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 When: April 8, 2017     Jan.8, 2017 Dear Friends, As we begin our 17th year together, PfP is working hard to plan for our annual gala. We hope you will mark your calendar to join us on April 8th at Material Culture in Philadelphia (materialculture.com). We are excited to share another wonderful evening with you, and we have a few surprises that we think you will love. In the coming weeks, will send more information and links to purchase tickets online to reserve your spot. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reply to this email. With love and solidarity, PfP

A Glance Back, As 2017 Nears

December 24, 2016 Dear Friends Just a note to wish you and your family a Joyful Holiday, and to give you a glimpse of a few things you helped make possible. On December 2nd in Palestine, PfP dedicated a playground in memory of two young boys, one Palestinian, one African American, whose lives were ended, ultimately, by institutional racism. Rev. Graylan Hagler, who was there with a group of pastors from the United Church of Christ, …

PfP Dedicates Playground to Two Fallen Boys

On December 2, 2016, Playgrounds for Palestine dedicated a playground to two boys, one African American and one Palestinian, who were killed, ultimately by institutional racism. Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio, as he played in a park.  Abdurrahman Obeidallah was killed by an Israeli sniper as he walked home from school.  Both boys were 12 years old. A monument in their memory was erected at the Lajee Center, where PfP built a new playground.  The Reverend Graylan Hagler, together with a group of pastors from the United …

Do you shop on Amazon?

Dear PfP friends, If you shop Amazon.com, please consider using this link to select Playgrounds for Palestine as your charity of choice because Amazon will donate 0.5% of receipts. You only have to select it once. Click on the image or the link below. http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_fbp_lds_smi

SkateQilya Update

PfP has partnered with a skate boarding camp for boys and girls in Qalqilya by donating the cost of ramp repairs as well as purchasing additional helmets and skateboards beyond what was donated by skateboarding companies. Take a look at all the amazing fun and priceless smiles!

In Lieu of Favors… Thank you Brigitte and Tyler!

Brigitte and Tyler started their marriage in such a beautiful way! For their wedding, they made a PfP donation in lieu of favors. Please help us thank them for such thoughtfulness! Best wishes you two!!

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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,

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Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives, can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant.