Whether hosting an Israeli, Palestinian, or American participant, hosting allows families to be immersed in the Hands of Peace (HOP) experience. It is a substantial commitment, but the experience is well worth it, as you take part in a community dedicated to making peace possible.

Host families must be willing to drive their visitor to and from the program activities (car pools can be arranged), provide breakfast and dinner most days, participate in the activities open to family members, and support their visitor as they experience all that HOP has to offer. Host families develop long-lasting, rewarding relationships with their HOP visitor that extend far beyond the short Summer Program!

We encourage anyone who is interested to apply! Host families often have a young person participating in Hands of Peace, however some of our host families have had very young children, or older children who have already moved out. Couples or singles without children are encouraged to host two participants.

If you have questions, call Chicago Host Family Coordinator Vera Ginburg at 847-251-0231, or San Diego Host Family Coordinator Tamara Miller at 619-375-8538.

Hands of Peace was an amazing experience for our family. Being Jewish-Americans, we knew this conflict would eventually touch our young daughters. I know they will never view it unilaterally because their lives have been forever changed by their “big sisters” Dalya and Jana from Palestine. We weren’t just explaining the importance of understanding, equality and peace a half a world away, we were modeling it in our own home. I can’t think of anything more powerful than that! -Magan, American Host Parent

To start the application process, click here.