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
May 19, 2014

Interim report

As previously reported - we were unfiortunately unable to secure participating children this year. this had to do with gowring locan tentions in the south of Jerusalem (due to the new building of a road that will go through Beit Safafa) and to more "regular" reservations in the north of Jerusalem.

It is now clear that we will not be able to start activities before teh end of the school year, in a bit more than a month. However, we are not giving up! As a wise person said: "a winner is a looser that didn't give up". We plan to use the summer in order to better prepare for next year and hope to be able to report achivements later. 

In teh mean time - the two other projects of the Interfaith Encounter Association are thriving. Please visit them.

Mar 26, 2014

Two encounters of the Interfaith Visits group

Bethlehem, December 13th 2013

 

The Interfaith Visits group, together with the Mt. Scopus Students group, met to visit Bethlehem before Christmas.

 

We were four Israelis and two Palestinians who met at the Rachel check-point and drove together to the Nativity Church plaza. We set in a café and spoke about Christmas and other issues.

 

We began by introducing ourselves and continued talking about the snow and how we coped with it. We spoke about Christmas, even though we were only Jews and Muslims, unfortunately without Christians this time. We held a short visit to the plaza, including a visit to an exhibition in the Peace Center, with impressive political exhibits.

 

 

 

January 27th 2014

 

The people of the Interfaith Visits group met at Netta's home in Jerusalem to watch a documentary dealing with the big fire on the Carmel and with a Palestinian team of fire fighters that came to help.

 

Most of the people were new – some knew each other from before and some didn't. they were of all ages – from a 4-year old kid to a 60-year old woman…

 

The 42-minute film was not easy to watch. We held a discussion with the film producers, from the Palestinian news agency Ma'an and the organization Search for Common Ground. Among the questions that came up were: is the film biased to one of the sides? Does it present the variety of views about what happened with the fire or only a particular view? How would we act in such a situation?

 

It was a very successful encounter and we very much want to invite the new people to join other encounters of the group!

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Mar 11, 2014

Learning about Hanukah

The encounter took place on Thursday, December 19th 2013, between school children from A-Salam School in Majd el-Krum and Dekel School in Karmiel.

 

The encounter included:

  • Helping the children to get acquainted with one another through acquaintance workshop and games, such as memory game in which every child repeated the names of the other children and where they sit;
  • We talked about similar words in Hebrew and Arabic, in sound and in meaning;
  • We talked about the Jewish Holiday of Hanukah that just passed: - When it is celebrated, its duration of eight days; - reason for celebrating it – victory of the Jews over the Greeks and purification of the Temple; - Symbols of the Holiday – Hanukah lamp and candles, light, doughnuts… - Its connection to Purim that is also a Holiday determined by the Sages

 

The children from Dekel described how they celebrate the Holiday with their families and the children from A-Salam learned some things they never heard of before.

 

We ended with creating Hanukah symbols with the art teachers and each child took home the symbol they created.

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