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.
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.

Dec 18, 2014

Final Report

HAP Shimpent to Al Shifa  hospital in Gaza
HAP Shimpent to Al Shifa hospital in Gaza

We are excited to announce that through the collaborative and global effort of our Friends Associations around the world and Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam, we have raised enough funds to purchase:

  • 3 Emergency trolleys
  • 20 Emergency kits for ambulances
  • 10 Surgical sets
  • 3 Stainless steel trolleys
  • 3 Doctor's chairs
  • 1 Halogen lamp
  • 3 Surgical knives and blades
  • 2 Ultrasonic cleansers (at 20 and 9.5 liters)

Totaling $40,000

Upon hearing the news, a village member and their sons donated 3 additional beds, an emergency trolley and an emergency kit for an ambulance from their own clinic.

We have received confirmation that all of the equipment has arrived safely in Gaza and we’re happy to pass along the hospital’s message of thanks.

"My name is Dr. Mahmoud Abed el-Karim Bassal, I work at the Burn Care Center at Al-Shifaa’ hospital in Gaza, the hospital is a government hospital and is run by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

We value greatly the efforts by our friends at Wahat Al-Salam and their international friends through their humanitarian aid committee for their support and aid to our hospital and patients. We extend our thanks and gratitude for the medical supplies and equipment they provided for the hospital.

Today we received the donated shipment of supplies and equipment and it will be distributed to the Burn Department and the Emergency unit. The supplies Wahat Al-Salam and their international friends donated are very much needed and essential to the treatment of patients."

It is a truly moving sight to witness caring individuals from all walks of life and all around the world work together to address the needs of a hospital in need. Thank you so much for all of your support!

 

-          American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam

Nov 26, 2014

Making an Impact

During the conflict in Gaza, for the safety and comfort of the participants, it was decided by both Tawasul and the School for Peace that the continuation of the cross-border encounters course would be postponed for a short period. The program started up again this past October. The Journalist Writers Foundation award will fund the SFP and Tawasul to organize an additional encounters course after the conclusion of this current course.

Most recently, the School for Peace has been expanding its partnerships with both Israeli and Palestinian organizations to ensure steady growth and expand its impact. It has been setting up regional forum meetings in Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem for past graduates of the School for Peace encounter programs to meet and work on their own projects together. Resulting projects from these meetings include working with young Arab women as they transition from villages into the university lifestyle, and empowering Arab student unions. Other impressive graduate achievements include Dr. Nissim Avissar’s published book that was inspired by the mental health professionals’ course, and Elinor Amit’s course at Harvard that is based on the SFP method of working with groups in conflict.

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