I'm so pleased that Anna Baltzer will be coming to the Mid-Hudson community next week on her northeastern tour. Anna is a 29 year-old Jewish American woman, a Columbia graduate and Fulbright scholar who has lived and worked for peace in Israel/Palestine and has also dedicated herself to writing a book that describes her experiences: Witness in Palestine: Journal of A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. In her time here, Anna will be sharing her observations on nonviolence and the hope for peace in the Middle East. Anna has a great gift: she speaks in the most open, non-violent way and really enables listening. I hope that many of you will be able to talk with her while she is here. Anna will be giving a presentation on Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. at the UUCC (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills), Sawkill Road, Kingston. Since this is the first night of Sabbath, Anna would also very much appreciate being invited to Jewish congregations in our community to share with them at other times. If individuals, families, groups, schools, congregations, synagogues, mosques, churches are interested in hosting Anna or just learning more about her, please e-mail me: Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org.