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As the violence between Israel and Gaza escalates and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue unabated, I am reminded of tikkunknitter’s TikkunTree Project. It seems that now, more than ever, we are in great need of tikkun olam—rebuilding the world—and that is just what this project is about.

 

You haven’t heard about The TikkunTree Project yet? Then allow me to tell you about it. And then you, too, can become a part of this wonderful project.

 

The TikkunTree Project will be an art installation of a life-size tree consisting of a tree trunk and branches, leaves, peace doves, and candles, all crafted by knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists. Tikkunknitter, the project’s sponsor, seeks to encourage people to think about peace between Palestinians and Israelis through this peaceful community-building project. She refers to the project as “knittivism,” a blend of knitting and activism, and encourages anyone who has an interest in peace and community building to participate. As Leslie (tikkunknitter) notes on her blog, you don’t have to be Jewish, Muslim, or Christian to participate in this project. The TikkunTree Project website includes a variety of leaf, dove, and candle patterns for the project, as well as an address for where to send submissions.

 

If you belong to a knitting group and would like to publicize this worthwhile project, Leslie has made it very easy with her Share the News link. This link will take you to a page on her blog with full- and half-page PDF flyers, as well as business cards that you can print and distribute at your synagogues, churches, local yarn shops, coffee shops, grocery stores, libraries, book stores, or anywhere else that allows you to post flyers.

 

Please join me in helping Leslie get the word out about the TikkunTree Project and lets help peace grow one stitch at a time.

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