The encounter took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - French Hill.
At first we went over some vocabulary that we learned in the previous encounter, each participant shared a word that he learned during the last encounter. We met for an hour in one group, the first part of the time we spoke in Arabic and then Hebrew during the other part, and then we divided ourselves into two groups.
The last fifteen minutes before the end of the encounter we went back to sit in one group, and summarized the encounter.
During this encounter we discussed to two main topics:
The first topic: we talked about expressions used for blessings and congratulating according to the customs and traditions of the two societies – Jewish and Arab – giving examples such as:
congratulations, best of luck, to 120, May you have your baby soon, and many others.
And Condolences expressions, such as: God bless his soul, may he rest in peace, we wish it would be the last pain.
Each participant chose one of the expressions in Hebrew or Arabic, explained it, and gave an example of how it is used.
The second topic: we presented hobbies pre-printed on paper, translated into Arabic and Hebrew languages, each participant then presented some of his hobbies and explained about his favorite hobby.
We got refreshments during the encounter, the encounter was very successful, and we learned a lot during the encounter.
March 20th 2015
Attended in the encounter: Fawda, Manal, Iftekhar, Shani, Ayala, Raz, Adi, Shani and Yael (total of 9 young women).
This second encounter of the group was planned for acquaintance and coordination of expectations. We had indeed language gaps (the women of East Jerusalem were not fluent in Hebrew and the women from West Jerusalem were not fluent in Arabic) and we found original ways to overcome them.
Through photos, pantomime and songs we downloaded from our cellphones – we managed to get to know each other. We spoke about engagement, marriage, children and also a bit about death and sickness (which are also part of life).
The atmosphere was very good and humor and laughter we integral part of the encounter.
April 15th 2015
The third encounter took place in the Swedish Theological Institute on the early afternoon of Wednesday, April 15th. Attended – Yael, Ayala, Meital, Fadwa, Salam and Amal (6 women).
Since we had new participants – each one shared about herself, her family and her activities, and answered follow-up questions.
The encounter was held in a very good atmosphere and was accompanied by light lunch.
One of the Jewish participants (Meital) who is fluent in Arabic helped with translations.
But when we wanted to turn to the literary text, we discovered that our time has passed and scheduled the next encounter.
Nov 19th 2014
The students of the two schools met, together with the teachers, the coordinators and schools principals Ms. Najeeba Ms. Amit. In this encounter the students made a stained glass with Salfon nylon with symbols of peace. The activities were in groups and each group took what they made to the class. After that the choir sang a song of peace with the music teacher.
Dec 10th 2014
The encounter focused on Arabic food "Mjadra and Zaatar". We presented a presentation on the Arab food, what it is contain and its preparation method, and then the students had lunch together, and we all had much fun. At the end, the choir sang a song of peace in both languages with music teacher.
Oct 20th 2014
The encounter theme and content: - Art
The two teams – of the Salaam school in Majd al-Krum and Dekel school in Karmiel – met to plan the joint program hearts for bringing the hearts closer together through the arts and music. The ongoing work will include two classes from both schools and will be coordinated by the music and arts teachers of both schools, together with the two Principals – Ms. Najeeba Sirhan of al-Salam school and Ms. Amit Yaniv of Dekel school. The overall coordinators will be Mr. Nader and Ms. Hadas.
Dates were set for activities in the coming months.
Nov 5th 2014
On 5.11.2014 the students met for the first time, with the teachers coordinating the activities and the two principals.
They participated in an activity of creating a stained cellophane paper image of a dove of peace with symbols of peace. It was a group activity so each class took its creation to hand on the wall in the peace and coexistence corner.
The day was concluded with the joint choir, led by the music teacher, singing peace songs in both languages Arabic and Hebrew.
May 15th 2014
Encounter between students of the two schools – A-Salam in Majd el-Krum and Dekel in Karmiel.
The encounter focused on the customs of Passover.
After the Kids from A-Salam were welcomed at Dekel school, all pupils gathered together and we explained to them how the day is going to look like and what we are about to do in it.
The day had three parts:
Finally the students had a joint football gave and we concluded the day.
June 10th 2014
Summary and pick-day for the project
The children met, together with the educators, in A-Salam School and held a joint conversation about the year's activity. The children shared about their experience in participating in joint activities with children from the other sector, what did they gain from it? How did they feel? What was new? What needs to be improved?
We also got feedback from the parents when the children spoke about the support and encouragement they received from their parents to participate in such encounters that bridge between the children and remove prejudices and stereotypes. Finally, each student wrote a sentence about peace and living together. We concluded with sports games in mixed groups, which was very enjoyable for all.
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