Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

The IEA works to promote real coexistence and human peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East through interactive inter-religious dialogue. We believe that, rather than being the cause of the problem; religion can and should be a source of solution for conflicts in the region and beyond. We do not believe in blending all traditions into one undifferentiated group, but in providing a table where all can come and sit in safety and ease, while being fully who they are in their respective religions

Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)
12/34 Ha'arazim Street P.O.Box 3814
Jerusalem, Israel 91037
Israel
+972-2-6510520
http://www.interfaith-encounter.org

Executive Director

Dr. Yehuda Stolov

Management Team

Yehuda Stolov, Dr. Yehuda Stolov, Executive Director, Mr. Salah Aladdien, Assistant Director and Financial Manager, Ms. Fathiya Jaber, Office Manager, Ms. Mariam Hussein, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Yehuda Stolov, Yael Gidinyan, Imad Abu Hassan, Moshe Jacobs, Morad Muna, Salah Aladin, Dr. Yehuda Stolov, Executive Director, Mr. Salah Aladdien, Assistant Director and Financial Manager, Ms. Fathiya Jaber, Office Manager, Ms. Mariam Hussein, Administrative Assistant

Project Leaders

Dr. Yehuda Stolov

Mission

The IEA works to promote real coexistence and human peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East through interactive inter-religious dialogue. We believe that, rather than being the cause of the problem; religion can and should be a source of solution for conflicts in the region and beyond. We do not believe in blending all traditions into one undifferentiated group, but in providing a table where all can come and sit in safety and ease, while being fully who they are in their respective religions

Programs

In its eleven years of existence, the IEA have held - in its three regional focuses: in Israel, between Israelis and Palestinians and in the larger Middle East - more than 1300 programs, with many thousands of participants. A most significant fact is that the participants in IEA programs include people of all political and religious views - from the radical left to the extreme right and from totally secular to ultra-Orthodox, as well as all ages, genders, walks of life etc; and that the vast majority of them have met 'the other' for the first time through IEA. The IEA have formed till now 48 on-going community-groups of interfaith encounter - from the Upper Galilee to Eilat, including 12 groups that bring together on a regular basis Israelis and West Bank Palestinians. Among the latter we maintain the four only groups in the country that bring together Palestinians with Settlers. IEA maintains working relations with 7 Palestinian organizations, across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and is a founding partner of the Middle East Abrahamic Forum, with additional organizations from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. For its work the IEA has been recognized by UNESCO as "an organization that promotes the culture of peace" and awarded the 2006 Prize for Humanity by the Immortal Chaplains Foundation. In 2007 Two of IEA's coordinators won the Women's Peace Initiative Award of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the IEA was the recipient of the 2007 INTRA-Project Award for the Complementation of Religions of The Institute for Interreligious Studies. The film "Interfaith Encounter in the Galilee", produced by IEA to present the work of its school-twinning project, was awarded the Commendable Effort by the World Peace Film Award 2007 of the World Movement for Global Democracy. In May 2008, the IEA was one of the sixty projects, selected as "the entrepreneurial projects that will change the face of Tomorrow" to present at the Israeli Presidential Conference - one of only eleven social projects and the only project of peaceful coexistence.

Statistics on Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $400,000
  • Annual Budget for 2007: $250,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $400,000
  • Other funding sources: Meyerhoff Funds Church of Sweden Fetzer Institute European Union Global Ministries International Relief Friendship Foundation US Embassy Islamic Dialoog and Information Center City of Hasselt Ben N Teitel Charitable Trust Hebrew Union College
  • Religious Affiliation: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze
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