Jerusalem (PRWEB) March 11, 2007
In the spirit of caring, ecumenism and mutual respect Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF), a non-sectarian New York based foundation sent gifts to the needy of Jerusalem on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Realizing that the poor mothers have a clear need for baby formula, diapers and baby toys, Pave the Way Foundation provided gift baskets to the mothers. Poverty in Israel knows no religious boundaries and so PTWF gave these wonderful gift packages to Muslim, Christian and Jewish mothers in need for their babies.
"A gesture is worth a million words and promises," said Gary Krupp, founder and President of PTWF. "I asked the PTWF advisor in Jerusalem, famed Sculpture Sam Philipe, what gesture we could make on the occasion of Purim. Sam suggested that we provide a months' supply of baby formula, diapers and toys, since this critical area of need has always been ignored by many charitable organizations. Supplying these basic needs eases the financial strain these moms are under while sending a loving message to the recipients."
Sam worked diligently to obtain the products for the gifts and then to distribute them in the poorer areas of Jerusalem. When Sam, an Israeli Jew, went into Arab East Jerusalem to give the gifts to the needy Muslims and Christians, he reported that the normal belligerence to a Jewish Israeli of some of the Arabs was replaced by smiles and genuine affection and gratitude for the gifts. When Sam then went to the needy Jewish recipients, he said that he and his wife Shirley, who helped with the gifts, were brought to tears by the positive response.
Pave the Way Foundation is founded on the idea that concrete gestures of good will between the faiths can do much more then just simple dialog. PTWF held the largest Jewish Papal Audience in history to simply thank Pope John Paul II for all he had done in religious reconciliation. PTWF initiated the first ever loan of a rare manuscript of Maimonides from the Vatican Library to the State of Israel. Recently on January 22, 2007, PTWF participated in the gift of one of the most important Christian Manuscripts in the world, the Bodmer Papyrus, to Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican Library for worldwide learning. PTWF has initiated many other gestures and projects, all to enhance the common message that the world must come together to oppose religious extremism in every religion and to recognize this abuse as the greatest danger to humanity.
About Pave the Way Foundation: PTWF is dedicated to achieving peace by bridging "the intellectual gap" in tolerance and understanding, by enhancing relations between religions through cultural, technological and intellectual gestures. The Foundation has a simple yet monumental vision: To enable all the world's religions to mutually realize that extremism, politics and personal agendas must not be allowed to poison the true benevolent message common to all faiths. Bigotry and hatred must be abolished by the faithful embracing their similarities and savoring their differences.
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