Aug 26, 2021

We have a new primary school principal

We have a new primary school principal, and as she begins work in these uncertain times, she will certainly rely on the support and involvement of parents in the education system. She is already actively working with Nir Sharon, Director of Educational Institutions and Youth Club to plan for the coming year, and the Parents’ Community will figure prominently in the activities during the year.
Although the school has been teaching the human values of culture and tradition for its entire existence, we now have a printed curriculum for all grades, and we expect the Parents’ Community, as a group, to improve their grasp of the new HOTAM curriculum’s goals and segments so as to help their children continue discussing at home the concepts and ideas they learn in school.
Finally, due to a new school opening in the area, a number of students will not be returning in the coming school year. Despite this setback, the Primary School has committed to retaining its full teaching staff and working to recruit new children and restore the balance between Jewish and Arab children. In this, too, we depend on the support and involvement of the Parents’ Community

Jun 21, 2021

We are their best hope.

The time is now because the need is now. Medicine and medical care: both needed during ordinary time; life-saving in conflict time. Your help, no matter how small, is needed now, today, to save lives where it is possible. Hospitals and clinics in Gaza have been bombed, several destroyed, leaving millions without any access to treatment for heart conditions, cancers, broken bones, infant and child malnutrition, systemic infections.

Both the head of Internal Medicine Department and the Corona Pandemic file at Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Auf, and Neurosurgeon Dr. Mueen Aloul, were killed in a recent bombing raid.

We cannot restore lost lives. With the help of Dr. Raid Haj Yehia, member of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and its Humanitarian Aid Project, and frequent volunteer physician in Gaza’s hospitals, we can do our part to provide vitally-needed medicine and maintain life. Dr. Yehia has submitted an urgent request to Israel for permission to bring medical supplies. Dr. Yehia is ready to do the work for as long as it takes. We are asked to provide funds for the medicines so that his work is possible.

If we make it possible, then it willbe possible.

The immediate emergency need of $195,000 will provide antibiotics, serum and plasma substitutes, simple medical equipment, heart-regulating and anti-clotting medications, general anesthetics, anticonvulsants, vaccines and immunologics. 

We are not asked to do it all. We are asked to do everything we can.

Jun 18, 2021

TEACHING TOWARD PEACE

Even through the closures necessitated by the pandemic and the loss of the SFP’s main gathering space, the work of pursuing peace and justice has not slowed, not by a long shot. Ongoing meetings of the Change Agents for Theater and Cinema course, Environmental Justice Course, Change Agents Training Course for Lawyers, and Arab-Jewish Forum for Planners have all taken place in the last six months, among many others. These ongoing programs train and encourage a variety of professionals to create the sort of cross-cultural collaborations which will build sustainable peace.

This work is further sustained by the naming of Dr. Roi Silberberg as the director of the School for Peace in 2020. With his unique perspective as an alum of the program, his leadership is already helping to open new avenues of collaboration and education. Looking forward to the rest of 2021, with the support of the American Friends, the School for Peace will continue to host the Change Agents courses while also significantly expanding both Graduate programs across programs and collaborations with institutions in the village. The SFP has adjusted its curriculum for the new challenges of climate-change stressors, residual pandemic anxieties and further political polarization. It continues facilitator-training for groups in youth and cross-cultural encounters, provides courses at four universities, and remains at the forefront of this moment and movement toward peace, equity, and justice.

 
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