The Massa-Massar program is an interfaith learning and peace building program targeting 30 young Jewish, Christian and Muslim Israelis, aged 15-17 years old, boys and girls, from all over Israel.
Most young Jews and Arabs in Israel live in separate communities and attend different schools; they donâ€™t get to learn about each otherâ€™s culture and often have stereotyped ideas about the â€œotherâ€ and ignore the commonalities that exist between their cultures. Massa-Massar Journey provides young people with an opportunity to meet and develop trusting relationships. The program promotes the values of respect for differences and empathy for injustice.
After a preparation phase, the participants travel together for 6 days to different symbolic places. Activities address identity, diversity, recognizing each otherâ€™s humanity and empowering the young participants both in formal and informal ways.
The program creates a network of young people who will know the "other side" and be aware of the shared heritage of the different cultures that exist in the region. Participants get out of the program with a will to advance dialogue and peace.
NSWAS beckoned as a kind of border zone and as... the site for educational explorations, for creating traditions with futures, for offering niches where identity discourses get reinvented. - Grace Feuerverger, Researcher
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,055
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $35,425
Total Funding Goal: $36,480
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).