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
Nov 7, 2012

Two encounters in June and July

June 26th, 2012  

An experiential encounter for the 5th and 6th graders from both schools.

Some 60 students took part in this encounter in this a special company led them through activities of challenge and creativity. The teachers of art and music accompanied the children.

The encounter took place in a grove near Majd el-Krum. With the group were also parents from Majd el-Krum, who offered food and drinks to the joint group. They also took part in the activity, which strengthened the children and helped them integrate in such great way.

 

July 2nd, 2012

The summarizing encounter for our year of doing took place in a restaurant in Akko. 22 educators took part in it, together with the two principals who spoke about the activities that were realized, how to plan the activity for the next year and how to develop what we have.

Doron, an educator from Dekel School, led an activity to support the construction of a successful process.

We spoke about the difficulties and how to overcome them.

What do we aspire for?

Finally, the two principals Najeeba Sirhan and Amit Yaniv wished the teachers a pleasant vacation and the wish they return with new and massive energy for the new activity year.

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Sep 25, 2012

Joint Iftar of 6 Youth Interfaith Encounter groups

Conversations during the meal I
Conversations during the meal I

On July 29th, we gathered to have together an Iftar dinner that ended one of the days of Ramadan, for the Muslims, and Tish'a be-Av fast of the Jews.

We met at the Barbara restaurant in Bet-Jala, 49 people from 6 different youth groups of IEA!

The dinner was a great opportunity for us to get to know other groups in IEA, to meet new people and to celebrate together, after a hard day of mourning and fasting. In every table there was a talk about Ramadan and the aims of fast in Islam, and about Tish'a be-Av fast and the reasons for it. The beginnings of discussions were led by Ofek Birnholz, a devoted member of IEA youth groups.

It was a great evening for us all, and a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences, to meet new people and to enjoy with our old friends.

This is not the first time that we are having a joint Iftar meal, and we are hoping to continue this tradition in the next years. 

Room overview
Room overview
Conversations over dinner II
Conversations over dinner II

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Aug 22, 2012

Three Encounters of the Two Schools, March-June 12

March 21st

Special visit to the Barlev Industrial Zone – to Straus factories, with 3rd graders from both schools.

The children learned about the process of producing yoghurt and ice-cream. They watched a film about the process and then went through a guided visit of the factories. In the end they received a product as a gift.

 

April 22nd

An encounter of the educators of both schools: evaluating the program and recommendations. 25 educators participated.

The activity was organized by the two program coordinators – Mr. Nader Taha, vice-principal of A-Sallam School, and Ms. Hadas Keren, vice-principal of Dekel School.

The encounter took place at Dekel School.

 

June 3rd

Joint Sports Day for 3rd and 4th graders.

Some 50 students took part from each school. They had a few stations like dances, music, drawing and arts. In the end of the day the children received food and soft drinks and went back home.

The encounter took place in A-Sallam school.

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