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.
Nov 26, 2014

Preparing Students for a Brighter Future

With the recent conflict on the minds of many of their students, the teachers at the Primary School of NSWAS work hard to instill in them a sense of optimism and encourage them to keep working for a brighter future.  Students are beginning to take interest in new communications and space studies programs and are preparing to be leaders of their social groups, communities, and futures. 

The students are able to re-direct their attention away from war and to engage in an exploration of their universe from a place of interest and curiosity. By focusing on building a more peaceful future, they learn to communicate more effectively in their individual relationships, while working and dreaming beyond our world to gain an understanding of the larger picture.

Looking towards the future and with your much appreciated support, the Primary School will be evaluating its available spaces and strengthening its experimental learning focus in the form of a new science lab based on the needs of each grade level. The school continues to build relations with other bilingual schools in order to provide the students with the most effective approach to bilingual education.

Oct 23, 2014

Breaking Down Borders

Most young Jews and Arabs in Israel live in separate communities and attend different schools; they dont know about each other but believe in stereotypes and ignore commonalitites that exist between them.  This program provides young people with an opportunity to meet and develop trusting relationships.  It promotes values of of respect for differences and builds a sense of justice.  Whith thses new skills, young people are more employable and less likely to want war in their country/communities.

The participants travel together for 6 days to different symbolic places.  Activites address identity, diversity, recognizing each other's humanity and empowering the young participants both in formal and informal ways.  They become more tolerant and understanding of one another. as they build a peaceful society.

The program creates a network of young people who will know the other side of the story and be aware of the shared heritage of the different cultures that exist in the region.  Participants will take from the program a will to advance dialogue and peace in their communities and in their shared society/country.

Aug 25, 2014

School For Peace Wins Major Award

In June, Dr. Nava Sonnenschein was invited to Turkey to take part in the competition for the prestigious Journalists Writers Foundation award. The School for Peace was one of 1,179 organizations, from 107 countries, competing for the 10 prizes that were awarded. The foundation has set its goal as promoting the idea of coexistence through understanding among the masses. JWF is a non-governmental organization in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The prize is intended to “support innovative conflict resolution and peace building projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peace building”. It will fund a joint project of the School for Peace and Tawasul in Ramallah which will teach 60 Palestinian and Jewish literature teachers to teach the literature of the “other”.

Congratulations Dr. Nava Sonnenschein!


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