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. Please reference Our Values here. 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

Sunday, April 29, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
The Crossings at Carlsbad
Thanks to our incredibly supportive community, this event is sold out! Put your name on the Wait List and/or make a donation in lieu of attendance by clicking here.

HOPEducation Community Event
Sally Kohn – Community Divided/Humanity United: The Opposite of Hate – A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC Gymnasium
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

At a moment when we are facing an epidemic of incivility and hate-with divisive political speech, online trolling, and hate crimes escalating-popular CNN commentator and former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how we can stop. Come together for an honest conversation about the “epidemic of incivility” as well as real-world solutions to curb the “hate.” Sally will be “in conversation” with a high-profile interviewer and will be available for a book signing following the event. This event generously funded by the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement program. It’s time to come together for an honest conversation about the “epidemic of incivility” as well as real-world solutions to curb the “hate.” A book signing follows the event. This event is FREE to the public, but tickets will be required to enter. Hands of Peace is a supporting partner for this event. For Information and to Reserve Tickets: JCC Box Office: 858-362-1348



Sundays April 15 & May 6, 2018, 4-6:00 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella, Carlsbad, CA

Hands of Peace is thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever Nonviolent Communication Workshop! Nonviolent Communication is a communication and conflict-resolution process developed by the psychologist Marshall Rosenberg.  The process, also known as compassionate communication, focuses on how to express ourselves in a way that inspires empathy in others and how to listen to them empathically in turn.  Benefits include:  learning how to create closer relationships, learning how to communicate more effectively, having tools to listen during conflict and being able to transform criticism and blame into connection.  This workshop will be led by Violet Lehrer. Violet holds a certification in coaching through Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company and is a certified instructor for The Remembrance Course. Violet’s purpose has revolved around teaching communication courses, facilitating leadership classes, mentoring others in the fine art of self-awareness, and fostering dynamic individual growth for the past fifteen years.  Workshop enrollment is $20 for both sessions and includes the book.  For more information, visit our Facebook event page or contact Sarah Heirendt.

HOPEducation event: San Diego alumni share about their israel-palestine trip

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Please join us for an evening of reflection as our San Diego alumni discuss their recent visit to Israel-Palestine. Hands of Peace San Diego alumni went on a dual narrative trip to the region last month. Hear about their experience and see photos of their incredible journey. Highlights from this trip include: staying with host families in the region, visiting fellow alumni and a packed itinerary that included time in Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa and Tel Aviv. RSVP to Sarah Heirendt.

Hopeducation movie night with csusm: “hotel Everest”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:30-8:15 p.m.
CSUSM Campus – ARTS240
333 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
In Israel and Palestine, the road to peace is a steep climb. The Hotel Everest sits at one of the very few locations between Israel and Palestine where members of both communities are able to interact with one another. A meeting is arranged: to understand the humanity in “the other” and forge connections that promote empathy, understanding and, in their wildest hopes, peace. Discussion with Dr. Tamar Arieli and the filmmaker, Claudia Sobral will follow the film. Presented with the support of the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative, this screening is part of the CSUSM Media Makers series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our Facebook event page, or contact  Sarah Heirendt.

Hopeducation movie night: “when voices meet” screening & choir presentation with sharon katz

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Please join Hands of Peace in partnership with Sister Faiths of North County as we screen “When Voices Meet” and enjoy a musical performance and Q&A with Producer/Director Sharon Katz. This film is an award-winning documentary that is set during apartheid in South Africa, which resulted in political violence and tore the country apart. When Voices Meet, a 500-voice multicultural choir and band, held a concert at Durban City Hall in 1993, and their music touched the hearts of a country divided by civil war. With the joining force of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, those courageous performers took their message to the rest of the country to break down the barriers apartheid had created. Despite the threat of violence, they knew there was no turning back. When Voices Meet promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and became Nelson Mandela’s face of a new nation. The film highlights the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the musicians and choir members, who preformed together for seven years. It is an inspiring story filled with determination and hope. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our Facebook event page, or contact  Sarah Heirendt.