The TRANSFORMATIVE power of early childhood development and education has been recognized by the 2014 White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, Nobel Laureate for Economics James Heckman, Yale and significantly the UNICEF Early Childhood Peace Consortium, and in Pathways to Peace published by MIT Press.

We are an interfaith community DEDICATED to establishing early childhood development and education programs for children in crisis zones afflicted by conflict, natural disaster and poverty to enable sustainable social progress by narrowing the gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged communities and improve the outcomes for children in conflict zones.

We believe this is best accomplished on three levels. The first level is supporting innovative early childhood development and education programs in crisis zones. The second is enhancing the peaceful environment for young children by supporting parent and teacher education, communication skills development and conflict resolution training for children’s influencers. The third level involves working with policy makers to adopt, innovate, develop, and implement evidence-based early childhood programing for social cohesion, justice, and peace.

This approach provides tangible, actionable framework to make positive social change.

Peace Heroes Walk

2016 Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk

Commemorating 15 Years Since 9/11

California Lutheran University

Lundring Event Center at Gilbert Sports Area

Sunday, September 11, 2016

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Free to the Public

in collaboration with Conejo Valley Interfaith Association, CLU Campus Ministries, and 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation

Join us in honoring the legacy of 9/11 by promoting peace literacy, uniting our community, supporting reGeneration, and celebrating heroes who make a safer and more peaceful world.

The Peace Heroes Walk is a family-friendly community event designed to promote peace literacy education through the stories of peace heroes and an exploration of the ideals that guide these role models for our community.

The goals of the 2016 Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk are to:

  • Unite our local community and commemorate the lives lost on 9/11
  • Honor our local firefighters and police for their dedication and service to our community
  • Educate, inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders through learning and celebrating the stories and ideals of peace heroes.
  • Raise funds for peace-promoting early childhood development and peace literacy educational projects in the Middle East and the United States

The short walk through the CLU campus will be made up of teams formed from local organizations (faith communities, civic groups, businesses and schools) honoring the peace heroes they have selected. The program will involve an opening ceremony commemorating the victims and heroes of 9/11 during which the community’s gratitude will be formally expressed to local fire and police departments, followed by a procession of Peace Hero teams with posters and trading cards, and a final program of wisdom sharing by local peace heroes with a music program including sing-a-longs led by Cantor David Shakiur of Temple Adat Elohim of Thousand Oaks and Kenneth Ellis.

This event is particularly exciting because some 20 peace heroes are being championed in the Conejo Valley, including Rev. Gifford Smith of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association, Greater Contribution founder Karon Wright, LDS Relief Society General President Linda K. Burton, Barbara Fields, co-founder of Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence, and U.N. recognized Israeli educator, Eyal Bloch.”

– reGeneration founder and president Shepha Vainstein

reGeneration, an American interfaith organization, based in Agoura Hills since 2006, is the primary organizer of the Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk Around The World 2016. reGeneration builds bridges locally and networks globally to promote positive social change in the Middle East through supporting the innovation of quality early childhood development and education.

To sign up as a team captain or register for a peace hero team go to Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk and click on Lead a Team or Join a Team.

For more information:
Peace Heroes Walk video
Facebook Event Page: Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk Around the World


Children are wide open to receive the world with minds and hearts yet to be filled.  Although the children of the Middle East are thousands of miles away, we can nurture and support them, fostering their growth, into the people they were meant to be.

Imagine what this could bring to the region…

reGeneration supports an educational system that is ethical, compassionate, artistic, and inspirational for both Israelis and Palestinians.  Jewish and Arab children, separately or together, are immersed in peaceful, intellectual and creative learning environments.

In Europe and the United States such schools have afforded children a sense of harmony, creativity, and fairness that leads them into lifelong action in the service of what is good and just. reGeneration and the Waldorf educational approach it supports, are like olive trees, rooted in their communities, beginning to stand strong and wide in a Middle East where children can flourish.