Director of West Bank Quaker School to Speak in Chatham; Historical School Goes Back 140 Years

Joyce Ajlouny, director of the historic Ramallah Friends School (RFS) on the West Bank in Palestine, will speak at Chatham-Summit Quaker Meeting in Chatham, New Jersey on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the community.

An alumna, parent, and now in her sixth year as director of Ramallah Friends School, Joyce will speak about the important impact that RFS has had on the community throughout its history and describe the challenges which lie ahead. The school currently enrolls 1175 children, pre-kindergarten through grade12, from around the occupied territory.

Originally focusing on the education of Palestinian girls, Friends (Quakers) have been educating children in Palestine since 1869, and the school has survived many wars and occupations, including a period of being used as a hospital during the First World War. Throughout its history, the staff and families of the school have remained resilient and dedicated to their mission to offer a rigorous education to Palestinian youth guided by the principles of the Religious Society of Friends.

The program will be followed by dessert and coffee. Donations to Ramallah Friends School and to Joyce's ministry account are welcome.

For directions or more information, call 973-635-2161 or visit www.chathamquakers.org. Chatham-Summit Quaker Meeting is located at 158 Southern Boulevard in Chatham, NJ. It is a Quaker community in the unprogrammed tradition of the Religious Society of Friends.

More information about Ramallah Friends School is available at www.palfriends.org 

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