Last week, the group known as Ukuleles for Peace (UFP) was invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The UFP organization was founded by uke lover Paul Moore with the goal of bringing Jewish and Arab children together for social interaction. The idea is that the kids will build friendships and learn more about each other’s culture, fostering goodwill and eradicating the stereotypes that often plague their relations. The non-profit, grassroots organization hopes that by developing relationships of this nature, it will be a vehicle for social change and protect future generations from the long-running conflicts.
UFP sing songs in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, offering engaging, heartfelt performances. The Kennedy Center crowd was treated to an hour-long performance filled with both cover songs (like “Hit the Road, Jack”) and original material. You can check out a video of the performance here.