Building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health





Rev Dr Karen Hamilton


Karen Hamilton has been appointed a board member of Project Rozana Canada.

She is a United Church of Canada minister and former General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The CCC is comprised of 26 member denominations that represent more than 85% of Christians in Canada.

Karen is an Old Testament scholar, works nationally and internationally in the area of Interfaith Dialogue and teaches an interfaith course at St. George’s Anglican College in Jerusalem.

She co-chaired the global Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2018, is very engaged in refugee support and is studying Arabic as her eighth language.

Her award-winning Old Testament book, ‘The Acceptable Year of The Lord’ was published in 2009. She is the recipient of a number of ecumenical and interfaith awards.

Most importantly, she is the thrilled grandma (Nonna) of Emmett and Gabriel.

Dr Maqsood Chaudhry


Dr Maqsood Chaudhry, DDS, a board member of Project Rozana USA.

He has been a practising dentist in Northern Virginia, where he owns and operates six dental clinics. He serves on the board of a non-profit free health clinic and has hosted dental health fairs at his own clinics for people without health insurance.

Dr Chaudhry contributes to and participates in many community and Interfaith activities in Northern Virginia and across the Greater Washington area.

As founder, trustee and past president of the McLean Islamic Center (MIC), he has arranged numerous Muslim-Jewish twinning activities, bringing together the members of MIC and Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA. It has been widely-hailed as one of the most successful synagogue-mosque relationships anywhere in the United States. As a result, Dr Chaudhry and Rabbi Jeffery Saxe of Temple Rodef Shalom received the prestigious Interfaith Bridge Builders Award from the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia commended Dr Chaudhry for his work in interfaith relations.

Steven Lax


Steven Lax, a board member of Project Rozana USA.

​He was born and raised in New York. After graduating from Washington University in St Louis, he was one of the early members of Kibbutz Gezer, where he met and married his wife Susan. Steven served in the IDF as a combat soldier.

After returning to the US, Steven started a successful shoe distribution company. Later, along with his wife, he purchased the global parent company based in Israel, where he currently serves as the chairman of the board.

Steven is actively involved with J Street, serving on the Finance Committee and is also active in New Israel Fund. He is the proud father of three powerful daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. Steven divides his time between New York and Israel.

Diana Shehade


Diana Shehade is now the Jerusalem-based Project Rozana Israel Coordinator from September 2019.

Her responsibilities include…

  • Coordination and oversight of Project Rozana programs in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Management of visits to the region by Project Rozana guests and board members of Project Rozana.
  • Liaison with key agencies and strategic Project Rozana partners.
  • Engagement with potential new Project Rozana partners and evaluation of new programs.
  • And liaising with the Project Rozana Israel board.

Diana has a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature and Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prior to joining Project Rozana, she was an English teacher and research assistant in the area of conflict research. She worked in the area of bereaved families in association with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Diana is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, English and Romanian.