Thousand Oaks Acorn


Inaugural event coincides with Sept. 11

9/11 15th Anniversary Peace Walk at California Lutheran University

Ventura County Star


Peace Heroes Walk just around the corner

Thousand Oaks Acorn

August 18, 2016

Inaugural event falls on 9/11

Nurturing the Spirit of Childhood In Times of Toxic Stress

Best Practices for Crisis Zones and
Disadvantaged Communities Conference Series

January 4 -January 15

David Yellin Academic College, Jerusalem

Education for Sustainable Development

Waldorf Research and Training Institute

School for Early Childhood Education

Achva Academic College

Eshkol Regional Council

in cooperation with


Caritas Switzerland Relief Agency

Green Schools Network at Heschel Center for Sustainable Education

Nurturing the Spirit of Childhood In Times of Toxic Stress is the second annual conference and think tank for teacher trainers, educators and policy makers to explore and establish best practices that will enable sustainable social progress by narrowing the gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged communities and improve the outcomes for children in conflict zones.

Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk Commemorates Fifteen Years Since 9/11

September 11, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cal Lutheran University

The attacks of September 11, 2001 marked the worst terrorist attack in modern history and the deadliest foreign attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.   In the 15 years since those attacks, the world has seen a rising tide of ideological extremism, refugees, and terrorist incidents associated with the Middle East, bringing fear and divisiveness to global and local communities – making peace literacy and quality childhood education in crisis zones and disadvantaged communities all the more critically important.

reGeneration president Shepha Vainstein ® with peace hero honoree Itaf Awad

reGeneration president Shepha Vainstein ® with peace hero honoree Itaf Awad

Of the 2,977 people who perished on 9/11,  411 were first responders, including 343 firemen and 60 policeman.  Honoring our first responders and promoting peace literacy seems a fitting community commemoration for the 15 anniversary of 9/11.

Peace literacy is the acquired knowledge and skills required for nonviolent responses to problems and conflicts, and is critical for human survival.  The Peace Heroes Walk is a family-friendly team 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 walk strives to unify diverse groups of people around ideals that all peace heroes have in common:

  • Recognition of the interconnectedness of all people
  • Promotion of justice
  • Rejection of vengeance.
  • Foster reconciliation

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

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

Together in the City of Angels response

A response regarding the recent concert Together in the City of Angels launching the newly established Southern California Muslim-Jewish Forum.

“The uplifting joy and brotherhood was contagious. Side by side people from the these two beautiful religions sang, danced, recited spoken word, rapped, told stories and prayed. I witnessed the realized possibility of love and peace.

How extraordinary that there are so many similarities in these neighboring faiths. There wasn’t “us” and “them”. There was only “we”. Someone spoke and said; “ We must move beyond tolerance, to love and respect for one another.” “If we can’t create this in Los Angeles, how can we expect to create it anywhere else in the world?”

Create it we did! It was exhilarating! I saw such beauty in those I was raised to hate and fear. They became my family and I wanted to embrace them all.

This is possible. We can shift our prejudices and envelop a caring love for one another. We can make this work. We can raise our children to embrace instead of hate. To work together, to compromise, to share…..and to trust one another. I saw it happen. For this brief moment in time and it was perfect.

I feel so blessed to have been a part of this long overdue change. “Imagine all the people… life in peace….” – Lisa Harrison Walmsley

Together in the City of Angels

together-in-the-city-of-angelsDear Friends,
Come celebrate with us November 16 at the upcoming concert, Together in the City of Angels, to launch the newly established Southern California Muslim-Jewish Forum!

This past year reGeneration has worked with 16 Jewish and Muslim organizations to establish the Forum which serves as an umbrella body to strengthen Muslim-Jewish ties in the Greater Los Angeles area.  Everything from the event committee to the performances are examples of Muslims and Jewish working together!

This not-to-be-missed concert has a fabulous line-up of richly talented performers. Please purchase your tickets soon to insure you get a set.  We anticipate a full house.  We look forward to seeing you there.

ORGANIZATIONS affiliated with the Southern California Muslim-Jewish Forum include:

Academy of Jewish Religion California
Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Beth Shir Shalom
Claremont Lincoln University
Islamic Center of Southern California
King Fahad Mosque
Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue
MECA Young Professionals
Muslim Public Affairs Council
New Ground
Pacifica Institute
Sufi Order International
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
Valley Beth Shalom
Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Protecting the Spirit of Childhood

While we pray that the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are fruitful, reGeneration continues working on what can be done today to benefit Jewish, Muslim, and Christian childrem growing up under the chronic stress of conflict in the Middle East.
Join us to learn about the seeds being planted now! 

Presenters include:

Jihad Turk, President-Designate of Bayan Claremont and founding board member of Claremont Lincoln University

Anjum Mir, Early Childhood Educator at Westside Waldorf School

Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein, LMFT, Psychotherapist and founder of reGeneration

Live Musical Performance by:
Bassem Rashidi, founding member of the nasheed group Noor
Waldorf Puppet Show by Pasadena Waldorf School Faculty
Violence of any kind, early in life – either experienced or observed – can have long-lasting and detrimental impacts on children.  Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life—while the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child’s success in school and in life.  A nurturing environment in the early years can modify an individual’s brain development and the ability to deal with stressful conditions later in life.  Join us March 16 for an afternoon to learn how the well-being of young Jewish, Muslim and Christian children growing up in the Middle East can benefit from the Waldorf approach to early childhood education.
This event is for adults only.

L.A.’s First Interfaith Council Workshop: Building Bridges Via the Middle East

Over the International Day of Peace weekend, September 22-23rd, the first Interfaith Council Workshop was held, jointly sponsored by reGeneration and  The Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice.more…

Interfaith Pilgrimage for Possibility

The Rev. Canon Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Imam Jihad Turk, Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross and Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein, LMFT invite you to join us on this historic interfaith journey to the Holy Land.  In addition to focusing on the sacred sites of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, we will visit visionary educational communities in Israel and the West Bank.

We will celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem, share a Eucharist Mass at the historic Synagogue Church, break bread at the home of a local Palestinian and picnic in an ancient olive grove. We will be inpisred by hope-filled visits to Israeli and Palestinian communities who are committed to educating children to cultivate a new generation in the Middle East who will have the means to work towards a better tomorrow.

This pilgrimage will bring together people of different backgrounds and provide a unique opportunity to experience sacred space and sacred ritual through the lens of all three great montheistic faiths.  We welcome those exploring the Holy Land for the first time as well as experienced travelers.

March 3 – March 14, 2013

To download a pdf of the itinerary CLICK HERE.
To download a pdf of the application and terms and conditions CLICK HERE.

For more information contact Deborah Leshon at 818 219.4698

or email her at Deborah@reGenerationeducation.orgmore…