American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam encourages, supports and publicizes the projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace." For more than thirty years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has been dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to live and work together as equals in this community to promote trust, understanding and mutual respect.
Feb 20, 2015

Voices for Change

Yasmine
Yasmine

Voices for Change

Holding their voter registration cards, the pupils of the Primary School eagerly stood in line as they awaited their turn to cast their vote for the new chairs of the student committee. The student election process introduces the importance and impact of letting their voices be heard about what they believe in. This year, the winning candidates ran on platforms of increasing extracurricular activities like swimming lessons, time for activity breaks, implementing a ‘student teaching teachers’ week, and of course something all the pupils agree on, longer recess times.

Another avenue for letting students’ voices be heard is a visual communications class taught by Roy Etinger, a new addition to the NSWAS family. Roy joined the school with the goal of teaching the Primary School pupils a new way to express themselves. Calling his class, “Creative thinking with your mobile phone,” he believes that teaching kids to use their phones as something more than a selfie or gaming instrument will open up limitless possibilities. Kids can use the, “language of moving images as a bridge” to get their messages across. By the end of the year, the kids will have produced a one minute short film about themselves and their home, all while learning about framing, storytelling and editing.

Every student has a story to tell and it is our duty to give them the skills and tools to act on their ideas.  As a result, the Primary School aims to create programs that develop civically minded students who recognize the importance and responsibility of finding common ground and using that space to become role models and leaders for other students outside of the NSWAS Primary School. Close communication with our families and attention to ongoing research helps ensure we stay focused on cutting-edge educational practices and that are part of an inclusive plan. Because of your own commitment, NSWAS Primary School students learn to take part in shaping their world and become ambassadors of peace, one year at a time

Feb 20, 2015

"Back on track"

Youth Workshop
Youth Workshop

Back on track again, the School for Peace is making history by resuming regional forums for SFP graduates and another for state led planning to end the occupation. In January, the SFP, in cooperation with The Arab Center for Alternative Planning, opened a year-long program for 30 urban planners, architects, and civil engineers that will meet once a month creating a strong base of professionals dedicated to responsible city development. In addition, this month the SFP opened its doors to 31 leaders from 6 different mixed cities in Israel in order to create cooperative and peaceful movements for community organizations in tension ridden areas.

Soon to come, the School for Peace is planning to open 2 courses, 1 on the Ramat-Gan campus and another in Beer Sheva for 40 Arab & Jewish students to participate from March to May. Also in the works, the SFP is organizing a group of 50 women for a weekend workshop in May and another facilitator course to help guide future programs.

Ongoing program evaluations help the SFP stay focused on supporting programs that respond appropriately to identified needs of target communities that are in positions to create change. Your support for the School for Peace makes possible these life-changing programs for future Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Jan 22, 2015

Working Toward a Peaceful Society

Continuing the work from last year in developing a network for young Arabs and Jews dedicated to working toward a peaceful society, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center is raising funds and planning a series of 12 weekly encounters and a one 2 day encounter for 10th graders from the Givat Brener Highschool (Jewish) and the Tera Santa (Arab) in Ramla.

The Open House in Ramla and the PSCC will be collaborating to bring together youth from both sides to meet, address stereotypes, and recognize the human aspect within the conflict so commonly ignored in today’s society.

The PSCC will also be investing its efforts in working with youth between the ages of 16-25 focusing on ongoing workshops, experiential tools, creative activities and spiritual work. The developing program will be based on tools from the Mastery School for Leadership which will be run by 4 graduates from that program.

Thank you for your continued support in sharing our vision of bringing youth together to develop understanding, peace, and a viable future for the future leaders of this world.

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