American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam encourages, supports and publicizes the projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace." For more than thirty years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has been dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to live and work together as equals in this community to promote trust, understanding and mutual respect.
Sep 3, 2013

A New Year Begins at the Primary School

A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.
A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.

The Primary School at Never Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, which first opened its doors in September 1984 as the first binational bilingual school in Israel, has just entered its 30th year. On the first day of school, children from many villages arrived by school bus and were greeted with a welcome ceremony led by Principal Anwar Daoud and attended by the enthusiastic (and worried) parents of the first graders, a representative from the Regional Council and the chairperson of the village association. 

The first day of school also marked a new chapter for the Primary School as it transitions into a partnership with the Ministry of Education. It has been both an exciting and challenging step for the school--while it is becoming a fully recognized school under the Ministry, it must continue to independently support and sustain its bilingual and binational approach, its innovative curriculum and the special projects that prepare the students to grow into bridge-builders and problem-solvers. 

Today, however, on this first day of their first year at the school, everyone’s focus was the arrival of the first graders! Sixth graders welcomed the first graders, escorting them to their places with the rest of the school. As each first grader introduced him/herself, each was greeted with applause from the whole school, and received a personal wish/blessing from a sixth grader:

"May you make many friends.”
“May all your courses be interesting”
“May you always have your homework ready on time."

Send a first grader your own wish along with your donation to the Primary School at NSWAS. Let them know their future matters to you!

First graders enter their new school.
First graders enter their new school.
Jul 24, 2013

Young Leadership Seminar for Peace

Young Leadership

Seminar for Peace

 Humanizing

the "other"…

The Pluralistic Spiritual Center at Neve
Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has extended the work of Massa/ Massar program to go
beyond the connections of religion, geography and history for two peoples. On April
11-14, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center hosted their creative collaboration
that included Sulha and EcoME (an environmental Center near Jericho):  a four-day seminar for 32 young leaders from all the religious groups in the region. Ages 18-22, these young adults came together out of their deep concern about the complex reality of living in this region, in which so many people fear the other.



 






 
 
 

First day – getting to know each other in the desert..




One month later, these young people are working in groups that have initiated
projects.  One project is developing an
Israeli-Palestinian program for school children.  

Jun 13, 2013

Extending the Encounters

Two Peoples Write from Right to Left
Two Peoples Write from Right to Left

This summer, the School for Peace has embarked on a new program to engage high school teachers who for years have been escorting students to NSWAS for youth encounters, without the opportunity to participate in the dialogue themselves. The new program, "Two Peoples Read from Right to Left," gives teachers the tools to expose their students to the life of the "other" and to develop tolerence, acceptance and respect for the culture of other culture. The program uses the SFP’s 2012 anthology, Two Peoples Write from Right to Left, which was developed over nearly twenty years of encounter workshops hosted by the School for Peace, and includes carefully-selected poems and stories in Hebrew and Arabic, which epitomize the separate realities of the two peoples. 

Teachers will participate in two three-day bicultural workshops. The first meeting will take the form of an encounter workshop, enabling each participant to explore the Arab Jewish conflict through the personal experiences of the participants in the group, and to examine the asymmetric power relations between Jews and Arabs, issues of racism, inferiority and superiority and more. The second three-day workshop will be devoted to literature, with teachers will modeling the teaching of stories and poems from the other nationality to the group. Participants from the other group will observe and then have an opportunity to give feedback and discuss the work further. 

This new program aims to take the work of the Youth Encounters back into high school classrooms, influencing the teachers' daily work at school and the perceptions they pass on to their students. The participants will gain the skills and confidence to teach the literature of the "other" in their curricula, and make this a more integral part of their lessons.  And next year, these teachers will also be able to escort their students to the youth encounter workshops in Neve Shalom/Wahat-al-Salam in a more meaningful way, giving them the support they need to keep working towards peace and understanding beyond their encounters.

 
   

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