As a long-time activist around political issues with Palestine and as a supporter of Arab culture, Jeanette was eventually introduced to the amazing work in Bethlehem. She believes in the vision and strategy of Rev. Mitri Raheb and the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem that makes real change in the lives of Palestinians living under occupation.
“Hope, while important, is not always ‘active.’ When we say ‘Hope is what we do,’ it is commitment to action and can incite people of conscience to bring their concerns for humanity to a place of involvement and activism. Creating hope through action especially behind the walls of occupation is valiant work, indeed,” shares Jeanette.
Ms. Cool serves as Executive Director and President of the board of the Sam Mazza Foundation and for three years was Secretary for the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
With graduate degrees in music, she notes, “My life has been deeply embedded in the arts—as a musician, as a supporter of the arts, as an avid audience member and as one who believes that life cannot survive well without the arts intimately interwoven into the very fabric of BEING.”
Georges Lammam, Jeanette’s husband, is a Palestinian musician and an emissary for Arab culture. Having survived the rigors of refugee life and living in diaspora, he brings music that is experientially expressive and speaks volumes to cross-cultural audiences. Jeanette adds, “This is the power of art—as personal expression, as an arm of political vision, and especially as a heart to heart connection from culture to culture—a definite universal language to inspire understanding.”