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
Jun 5, 2013

Joint "Day of Good Deeds" - March 5th, 2013

First all students gathered in the school yard and divided into groups. Each of the groups took one of the tasks for the day, such as:

  • Painting the walls;
  • Planting trees in various corners of the school;
  • Drawing paintings that illustrate joint life and mutual respect;
  • Drawing religious people of different communities;
  • Drawing traditional costumes of the two communities.

 

At the end of the day we held joint activities for the students: music, dancing and a joint lunch.

 

To conclude: we had an inter-cultural encounter between the students of both sectors, which testifies to the willingness of the students to contribute together good deeds for the benefit of the community and the environment and to take advantage of this opportunity to do something good, small or large. The students enjoyed very much the joint work and each one of them felt they contributed to the success of the day.

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Apr 22, 2013

2 Encounters of Siach Yeshiva & Hebron Students

Encounter on November 5th: Religious and Secular

We met at 6pm at the Austrian Hospice in the Old City of Jerusalem.

We set in a circle of 14 people and started by introducing ourselves to each other. We spoke about the mutual attitudes between religious and secular people in both contexts. At 6:30pm Moatasem started by presenting the issue from the perspective of Islam and then Moshe presented it from the Jewish side. Following the presentations we had a lively conversation about the theme, including many questions about each other's society and answers to them.

Finally we received coffee and cake. We concluded and fare-welled at 8pm.

 

Encounter on January 21st: Leadership in Religion

The encounter took place at the Austrian Hospice in the Old City of Jerusalem. It started at 5pm – with the Muslim group, the Jewish group and several IEA guests.

The theme of the encounter was leadership in religion. First we held a round of acquaintance and then Moshe started by presenting the theme from a Jewish perspective, until 6pm. The discussion began, questions were asked and then we broke for coffee. Returning from the coffee break Moatasem presented the theme from an Islamic perspective from 6:30pm to 7pm. Again a conversation started and questions were asked and answered. At 8pm we finished the encounter.

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Mar 19, 2013

Students' Cooperation - December 3rd

We divided the students into three groups. Each group had an Hebrew specking facilitator and an Arabic speaking facilitator.

  • First activity: who remembers the names of students from the other group (most of them did remember…)
    - Putting stickers with the names;
    - The students wrote their names in both Hebrew and Arabic;
    - The students cooperated in the writing of the names and in the acquaintance activity;
    - Activity to mix the students. The facilitators mentioned peace greetings in Hebrew and Arabic, such as: hallo, shalom, salam etc.
  • Temporary groupings of children according to similarities:
    - All those who like basketball;
    - Those who played football yesterday;
    - Those who wear a coat;
    - Those who have brown eyes.
  • Breakfast break:
    Students ate together breakfast that included elements related to the olive harvest season: Zatar, Labaneh, oil, olives…
    They enjoyed a lot the joint meal.
  • Work in small groups:
    - Planet in space: students cooperate and help each other to have the "earth" stay steady in the place indicated by the facilitators;
    - Presentations of various groups. Each student explained what he saw in each of the groups. The goal was that each student will be aware of the group s/he is part of and at the same time be able to identify with other groups.
    Each time the students and facilitator held a conversation about the explanation of the student to the group.
    - Choosing five words and presenting them in movements – an activity that requires cooperation and concentration.
    - Creating Mandalas:
    First the students were presented with different Mandalas and shared what they saw, what is common to all drawings, what feelings the drawing arouse.
    Then they received explanations about the Mandala:
             - the meaning (center, circle in ancient Indian language)
             - Mandala-like drawings are found in several world cultures in America and
               Asia, without connections between them. The Mandala symbolizes
               existence and the human sole.
             - Mandala is a drawing that has a central point with branches going out of it,
                making a circle full of lines, symbols and circles.
             - Its purposes are art, healing, conveying a message of wholeness and
               equality, circle of life and implication of world peace.

Students expressed their satisfaction and joy from this encounter and the connections and conversations between them, with mutual respect and acceptance. We all look forward to the next encounter.

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