After first meeting the women through the Center for Emerging Futures’ Global Village Square gathering, Whit Jones and Andy McCluskey, two life-long friends from Idaho in the USA, formed Two Neighbors, LLC to provide the initial funding, as well as marketing and distribution for this social business. Andy McCluskey and Whit Jones have had successful business careers and found their interests moving toward opportunities to give back. Through the work of the Center for Emerging Futures they have developed relationships with Israelis and Palestinians who wish to set conflicts aside and work together, both for their own benefit and to further the cause of peace.
Two Neighbors Bios
Kefah is Palestinian. She is the Director of the Women’s Cooperative in her village in Hebron Hills. She has long dreamed of presenting the embroidery talents of the women in her village and the surrounding villages. Kefah’s leadership skills have enabled her to work on community mobilization, enhancing the living conditions of the women from in her village.
Rehan is Palestinian. She is one of the Lead Embroidery designers in the region. She has completed her secondary education. Embroidery is important to her because it is a way to preserve Palestinian culture and pass it on from generation to generation. Rehan trains other women in the art of embroidery and designs unique embroidery patterns for Two Neighbors.
Adeem is Palestinian. Adeem is our Palestinian Co-Manager. She has an education in English and a background in teaching. For her, Two Neighbors is an opportunity for women from both sides to be a part of the peace process and to strengthen the social and economic development of their communities. Adeem uses her diplomatic and speaking skills and great sense of humor to bridge the communication gap between the two sides.
Judy is an Israeli. She is the Israeli Co-Manager for Two Neighbors and has a creative background in fashion design and owns a fashion shop in Tel Aviv. Judy helps Two Neighbors with handbag and apparel production in Israel. She also attends meetings in the West Bank with our Palestinian team members. Judy’s hope is that the Two Neighbors project will encourage peace in the region.
Paula is a retired American teacher and co-founder of the Center for Emerging Futures, holding gatherings for Israelis and Palestinians on the border between Israel and the West Bank. Paula is also an artisan and has long believed that working together through the arts is an effective way to promote lasting partnerships.
Tara is an American with 20 experience in design and sales in the fashion industry. She has worked with startup brands as well as large corporate fashion brands. She is has an Executive MBA with a focus on Social Innovation from the University of San Diego. Tara’s focus is to expand the brand and share Two Neighbors mission to the world through sales and marketing. Tara travels annually to Israel and the West Bank to meet with the Two Neighbors team and review design and production.