Patterns for Peacebuilders & Mideast Peacebuilders
As a committed tikkunknitter, I live by the creed “justice, justice you shall pursue” ….
It seems unquestionable that to pursue justice globally, we must support the peacebuilders in our midst. All of my Judaica patterns are created in this spirit of tikkun olam, as are the inter-faith or inter-cultural projects found here.
With this in mind, I have made these knitting and crochet patterns available for a nominal amount (typically $5-10 per pattern); which will be donated to one of the peace-building organizations featured on the PeaceBuilders page. Feel free to let me know which organization you would like your contribution sent to; otherwise, I’ll use my own judgment based on current events and my research. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about this arrangement, or the patterns themselves: tikkunknits (at) yahoo (dot) com.
THANK YOU for supporting the peace-makers in Israel-Palestine!
Greetings! Thanks for your interest in these knitted Judaica patterns. Many of these patterns for Peacebuilders have been revised and are available for purchase here on Etsy. Please feel free to contact me if you do not find a copy of the pattern you are looking for, or to send other questions or concerns to: tikkunknits(at)yahoo(dot)com.
4.6.09 PATTERNS LINKS UPDATE: The Passover Seder Plate (and Matzah), Elijah’s Cup, and Chametz Patrol patterns are now available on Etsy.
Thanks for your patience, and keep knitting for peace!
The Knitted Seder!
Passover Seder Plate and Matzot ($12.50) – including (below left) Horseradish, Parsley, Roasted Shankbone and Beet (not pictured), Roasted Egg, and Celery stalk, and (below center) Matzah. Pattern available here on Etsy.
Passover Elijah’s Cup ($5) (at right)
… Pattern available here on Etsy.
Passover Ten Plagues (not available at this time) – instructions to make a set of small knitted examples of the ten plagues, including:
Passover Dinner Favorites (available soon)
- Gefilte Fish & Boiled Egg
- Matzoh Ball Soup
Chametz Patrol: ($5)
- knitted candle
- knitted feather
- knitted wooden spoon
… Pattern available here on Etsy.
PeacePod Peapod Earrings ($10) (under revision)
The bumper sticker always made me smile, and sterling silver incarnations (such as [these] by Rachel Sudlow) have long tempted me. Then I realized I could knit my own. Give peas a chance”! (yes. I know it’s a cliché)
Rosh Hashanah Shofar & Pomegranate ($7.50) (under revision)
(apple pattern available here)
Sukkot ($10) (under revision)
New for 2008! Felted etrog and lulav (coming soon)
Mezuzot ($10)(under revision)
Three knitted mezuzot patterns (5-7″) – Hamsa, dove and grapes – for indoor use (prayer scroll not included).
Brioche Kippah ($5) (under revision)
Here’s a novel knitted Jewish kippah or yarmulke (also known as a skullcap by Muslims), inspired by the traditional silk embroidered kippot of the Jews of Bukhara, central Asia. Unlike the flat “pancake” kippah traditionally worn by European Jews, the Bukhari kippah is a more substantial headcovering (rather like the Hazan’s hat my great uncle wore on the bimah).
Hamentaschen Pattern (free) – instructions to make your own felted Purim Hamentaschen.
[FYI: this is simply an adaptation of the wonderful knitted & felted fortune cookie pattern by Indigo Muse. Try here or here for a crocheted version]
Reversible Hamsa Hotpad ($5) (under revision)
This double knit hotpad (or pot holder) was designed to honor one of the many shared icons of Jewish and Muslim traditional culture: the Hamsa/Khamsa hand, also known as the Hand of Miriam by Jews, or the Hand of Marjam or Fatima by Muslims.
Making this with Peace Fleece’s Baghdad Blue yarn will further support the remarkable peacebuilding efforts of the Jewish and Palestinian residents of the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam.
The TikkunTree Project
You are also invited to check out the TikkunTree Project, its handmade work for peace, and the free patterns for sculptural leaves for that community project (here). Your fiberarts and needlework contributions to the TikkunTree would be very welcome!!
Thanks very much for your interest in these Patterns for Peacebuilders.
Here are a few of the exemplary efforts to pursue peace and justice in Israel:
- Bat Shalom
- Bustan – a grassroots organization of Jewish and Arab environmental activists, who pursue social and environmental sustainability for both Jews and Arabs of Israel-Palestine. A truly remarkable group of people. Here’s an NPR feature about one of Bustan’s projects with Israeli’s Bedouin citizens.
- Combatants for Peace – a group of peace activists in Israel and the occupied territories, Jewish and Palestinian, all former militants, who have laid down their weapons and work together to advocate for non-violent resolution of the Jewish-Palestinian conflicts in Israel/Palestine. You will find more information about this group of courageous men in this Democracy Now broadcast or this Christian Science Monitor article.
- Givat Haviva Institute, Israel
- Hand in Hand Schools, Jerusalem
- The Jewish-Arab Center, University of Haifa
- Makom ba-Galil
- McGill University Middle East Graduate Fellowship in Human Rights, Social Development and Peace Building
- Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace)
- New Israel Fund (NIF) / Shatil
- Tel Aviv University School of Law Clinical Programs
Mideast peacebuilding through collaborative environmental action
Mideast peacebuilding through economic collaboration, trade and development
- Green Action, Israel
- Sindyanna of Galilee (more information here)
- Peace Fleece yarns (Baghdad Blue & Bedouin Blue)
- PeaceWorks’ Meditalia products (reviewed here)
- GreaterGood.org (more information here)
Local efforts to achieve peace-making policies: