San Diego Events Calendar

Please contact San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt at with questions about our upcoming events.

HOP takes no political position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond affirming the human rights of all involved. Our events are designed to inspire dialogue amongst supporters and alumni and expose supporters to diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us!

San Diego Benefit Evening - Under the Middle Eastern Sky

Date: Sunday, March 5
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: San Diego Central Library
Join Hands of Peace as we journey into the music, culture and cuisine of the Middle East at the San Diego Central Library.Your support will go directly toward the 2017 San Diego summer program and continuing our mission to develop peacebuilding and leadership skills in San Diego, Israeli and Palestinian teens that last a lifetime. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information!

Peace Heroes Walk
Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Magee Park, Carlsbad
The Peace Heroes Walk is a joint initiative between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and San Diego Rotarians. Peace heroes are people from all walks of life who have taken risks to embody nonviolent ideas (justice, reconciliation, interconnection and rejection of vengeance) and have succeeded in making the world a less violent and more just place. We will honor heroes like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Malala and HOP Founder Gretchen Grad by carrying signs with their images and quotes. While PeaceHeroes Walks have been held in other cities, this will be the first time for San Diego and we want you to be a part of it.  We have many common interests and we welcome your participation. 
This event is free and open to the public. Wear your favorite peace themed T-shirt. There will be live entertainment and a 2 mile walk starting from the Gazebo. If you have any questions please reach out to our walk organizers at

HOPEducation Book Club
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:00pm
Residence of Jenny Parker
San Diego Book Club is reading "Lawrence in Arabia" by Scott Anderson. The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, "a sideshow of a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. At the center of it all was Lawrence himself. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions. Based on four years of intensive primary document research, "Lawrence in Arabia" definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Please bring a dish to share, and RSVP to Eileen Maurer.