Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Mr. Frank Afranji, and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page first traveled to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza in 1988, during the first Intefada (uprising). They then founded the Oregon Inter-religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. On New Year’s morning in 1990 they started Cavalcade for Peace in the Middle East just before the first Gulf war. The Cavalcade continued, on New Year’s morning, for many years. Join us for an evening of reflection on the ways they have worked together in Oregon to increase interfaith understanding and foster peace. Jan Elfers, new Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will moderate the panel. Questions will be taken from the audience.
Frank Afranji was born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. He received his B.S. & M.S. engineering degrees in Illinois and his M.B.A. from Portland State University. Mr. Afranji has long been active in the area of Middle East peace and Palestinian-Israeli dialogue. He has served on the board of the Interreligious Committee for the Peace in the Middle East, Board Member of the City of Portland’s Harmony Commission, and as Advisor to the Oregon Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Rev. Dr. Rodney Page holds Doctor of Divinity degrees from Texas Christian University and Northwest Christian College. He came to Portland in 1962, when he became Associate Minister at First Christian church and Campus Minister at Portland State University. In 1981, he became the Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, which initiated many significant programs under his direction. He was elected to the position of Executive Director of Church World Service in 1996 and participated in several international projects. Having retired in 2000, he currently serves as Chair of the Elders of First Christian Church and had taken a leadership role in Kiwanis.
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and moved with his family moved to the United States as a young child. His father served as a rabbi in many U.S. cities. Joshua Stampfer graduated from the University of Chicago, received his M.S. from the University of Akron, his M.H.L. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his D.H.L. from the University of Judaism. He received an honorary doctorate from Pacific University in 1987. He served Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon, from 1953 to 1993 and is currently the Rabbi Emeritus there.