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
Jul 5, 2011

Challenges and overcoming them

In September 2009, the long-time cooperation between A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum and Kalanit School in Karmiel had to stop. A few months later we found a way to cooperate with the nearby Gilon School. After 4 cooperation-building encounters in February 2010 – of the two principals, the full management teams, plus the coordinators of age-levels and land-knowledge (to plan the detailed work-plan) and the classes' educators – held 10 students' encounters with this school and A-Sallam School, between March and June 2010 with focus on the environment.

Sadly, the project suffered additional challenges when the Gilon School decided not to continue with the partnership with A-Sallam School. Therefore a new partnership was formed with the Dekel School from Karmiel, whose principal Ms. Amit Yaniv knows the principal of A-Sallam, Ms. Najeeba Sirhan, for many years of good cooperation, since her time as a teacher in Kalanit School. Consequently we are now very hopeful that this partnership will last for a long time.

After meetings of the management teams and of the full educational teams to plan the program, along with a preliminary encounter of the students, it kicked off on December 2010 and ran through the end of the school year in June 2011. We are now optimistic that this cooperation is again long-term one.

Soon I hope to report about individual encounters.

Jun 1, 2011

The Jerusalem-Yata Youth group resumes activity!

The Jerusalem-Yata Youth Interfaith Encounter group renews its activity!

 

First we thank those who joined the first encounter of the renewed group.

We apologized to the Jews who came during the fast day of Taanit Esther – we will not do that again.

 

The encounter was VERY nice. We started with general acquaintance of the old and new members.

Then the Jewish members explained about the Holiday of Purim, the Megila story and the meaning of the fast.

The Palestinians made sincere efforts to follow the curves of the plot…

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Apr 13, 2011

Progress update

Dear friends,

It is a long time since we shared an update from the field. This is due to the fact that local strikes put extra load on the principals of the two schools and I do hope we will soon be able to share these updates.

However, I do want to update you in the mean time that the encounters between the two schools continue as planned, twice a week, and are very successful.

I do hope to write again soon.

Yours,

Yehuda

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