As the days pass
So do the nights
And this is where we find the peace
That we all look for
Harold Shapiro z”l – January, 2017
Harold died shortly after writing that poem; in fact yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary. Throughout the day I kept thinking about my dad, wondering what he would say to the news of the day. No matter what was going on, he always saw the sliver of hope.
Almost 30 years ago upon returning from an eye-opening trip to Israel, dad founded what is now Partners for Progressive Israel and with that the signature program he would lead every year, the Israel Symposium. He wanted all of those committed to a just Israel to experience meeting key Israeli and Palestinian political figures as well as leaders of NGOs dedicated to peace and human rights. Most of all, he wanted participants to come away from the experience with hope in their hearts for the future.