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.
Oct 23, 2014

Breaking Down Borders

Most young Jews and Arabs in Israel live in separate communities and attend different schools; they dont know about each other but believe in stereotypes and ignore commonalitites that exist between them.  This program provides young people with an opportunity to meet and develop trusting relationships.  It promotes values of of respect for differences and builds a sense of justice.  Whith thses new skills, young people are more employable and less likely to want war in their country/communities.

The participants travel together for 6 days to different symbolic places.  Activites address identity, diversity, recognizing each other's humanity and empowering the young participants both in formal and informal ways.  They become more tolerant and understanding of one another. as they build a peaceful society.

The program creates a network of young people who will know the other side of the story and be aware of the shared heritage of the different cultures that exist in the region.  Participants will take from the program a will to advance dialogue and peace in their communities and in their shared society/country.

Aug 25, 2014

School For Peace Wins Major Award

In June, Dr. Nava Sonnenschein was invited to Turkey to take part in the competition for the prestigious Journalists Writers Foundation award. The School for Peace was one of 1,179 organizations, from 107 countries, competing for the 10 prizes that were awarded. The foundation has set its goal as promoting the idea of coexistence through understanding among the masses. JWF is a non-governmental organization in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The prize is intended to “support innovative conflict resolution and peace building projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peace building”. It will fund a joint project of the School for Peace and Tawasul in Ramallah which will teach 60 Palestinian and Jewish literature teachers to teach the literature of the “other”.

Congratulations Dr. Nava Sonnenschein!


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Aug 25, 2014

A New School Year and a Fresh Start

A New School Year and a Fresh Start

 

A new chapter begins at the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam Primary School this September. As the school year begins students will also welcome a new Principal, Ms. Carmela Farber. The former principal of a primary school in Bat Yam, Ms. Farber, previously is excited and eager to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

The Primary School recently received special status from the Israeli government allowing it to pave the way for future growth. Already, plans are under way to take on 100 additional students, and the School continues to gain recognition as a model across the region.

Last year at closing ceremonies, the Primary School said goodbye to Anwar Dawood, the beloved leader for many years. His wishes for the students at his departure were clear: “May you make many friends. May all your courses be interesting. May you always have your homework in on time!”


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