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.
Sep 5, 2013

International Encounters

youth engaged in dual-dialogue.
youth engaged in dual-dialogue.

Following the most recent Youth Encounter Workshop at the School for Peace, Jewish and Palestinian high school students are now taking part in a 10-day mission to Italy to meet with Italian high school youth.

The encounter participants will be joined by Jewish and Arab young adults from Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a Peace dialogue facilitator and an Arab teacher from Nazareth High School. Funded by Caritis, this additional session will give the encounter participants the ability to strengthen their relationships with each other and enable them to continue modeling what is possible during the coming year. The trip also focuses on developing a deeper understanding of Arab-Jewish relations along with their Italian counterparts.  

During the summer, the School for Peace also conducted an international encounter for young adults from the United States who had come to Israel to learn about Arab-Jewish relations and the roots of the conflict.

These three and four day youth encounters will continue during the upcoming school year, and often mark the first step in coming to know someone from “the other side”.  Through the encounters young people learn to honor their own identity while respecting the identity of others, and open a dialogue with and an understanding for the "other" which they carry with them well beyond the encounter.

Sep 3, 2013

A New Year Begins at the Primary School

A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.
A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.

The Primary School at Never Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, which first opened its doors in September 1984 as the first binational bilingual school in Israel, has just entered its 30th year. On the first day of school, children from many villages arrived by school bus and were greeted with a welcome ceremony led by Principal Anwar Daoud and attended by the enthusiastic (and worried) parents of the first graders, a representative from the Regional Council and the chairperson of the village association. 

The first day of school also marked a new chapter for the Primary School as it transitions into a partnership with the Ministry of Education. It has been both an exciting and challenging step for the school--while it is becoming a fully recognized school under the Ministry, it must continue to independently support and sustain its bilingual and binational approach, its innovative curriculum and the special projects that prepare the students to grow into bridge-builders and problem-solvers. 

Today, however, on this first day of their first year at the school, everyone’s focus was the arrival of the first graders! Sixth graders welcomed the first graders, escorting them to their places with the rest of the school. As each first grader introduced him/herself, each was greeted with applause from the whole school, and received a personal wish/blessing from a sixth grader:

"May you make many friends.”
“May all your courses be interesting”
“May you always have your homework ready on time."

Send a first grader your own wish along with your donation to the Primary School at NSWAS. Let them know their future matters to you!

First graders enter their new school.
First graders enter their new school.
Jul 24, 2013

Young Leadership Seminar for Peace

Young Leadership

Seminar for Peace

 Humanizing

the "other"…

The Pluralistic Spiritual Center at Neve
Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has extended the work of Massa/ Massar program to go
beyond the connections of religion, geography and history for two peoples. On April
11-14, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center hosted their creative collaboration
that included Sulha and EcoME (an environmental Center near Jericho):  a four-day seminar for 32 young leaders from all the religious groups in the region. Ages 18-22, these young adults came together out of their deep concern about the complex reality of living in this region, in which so many people fear the other.



 






 
 
 

First day – getting to know each other in the desert..




One month later, these young people are working in groups that have initiated
projects.  One project is developing an
Israeli-Palestinian program for school children.  

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