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Mar 6, 2018

Hartman and Sts. Tarkmanchatz Schools

Opening
Opening

4.2.18

Around 50 students and teachers, from Hartman High School and Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian Christian High School, gathered on a Sunday morning in the Hartman's prayer and study hall. They all came voluntarily, in a day free of studies.

They were greeted by Shaul the principal who introduced the school briefly. A religious school that is liberal and open, with some 360 students study there for six years. He expressed his joy for the fact we were able to realize the encounter despite all the logistical difficulties and wished all participants a lot of success.

Dorit, the social coordinator, introduced the participating teachers and led an introduction exercise of meeting clock. Every student was asked to set up a meeting for every hour of the clock, with someone from the other school. Then the students held the meeting, in pairs or small groups, with each meeting starting with a guiding question.

Then the Hartman students guided the Armenian students, in small groups, in a tour through their school. After the tour they had a joint pizza meal.

Following the meal, the students turned for joint basketball and soccer games. After some two and a half hours of connecting with each other in great atmosphere, the two groups fare welled with wishes for a near next encounter.

Conversations
Conversations
Lunch
Lunch
Sport
Sport

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Mar 5, 2018

New group: Jenin-Jezreel Valley Interfaith Encoune

Approaching
Approaching

24.10.17

On Tuesday 24.10.17 we met in Kibbutz Beit Hashita 11 people – Jews and Muslims from the Jezreel Valley and Muslims from the Jenin area. The underlying agreement was to focus on building the neighbors' relations between the communities and avoid discussing the desired political solution.

The meeting was great – both in terms of the pleasant atmosphere and in the practical approach. We talked about several potential joint groups: group of interfaith encounter, women's group, group of young adults, and groups focusing on joint interests – such as technology, agriculture and art.

We agreed to meet again in a few weeks and work on forming teams that will coordinate a few of the groups. We will aspire to meet once in an Israeli place and once in a Palestinian place, provided that we will succeed in getting the necessary permits and that we find places to meet that will not put the participants in danger.

 

22.1.18

On a Monday noon we gathered, 15 participants from Jenin, Nablus and Jezreel Valley, in the entrance hall of Idan Technology – educational center near the Gevasol factory, which allows children and adults to directly experience industrial environment as it is.

We started with a tour around the place – the production halls, the research and development center and the workshop rooms. People who participate in those workshops learn to plan themselves the technological solutions they need and actually produce them!

Then we had an inspiring conversation with Gideon Yadin, the owner of the Gevasol complex and the formulator of Idan technology. Gideon told us about his way from the pen of Kibbutz Geva, through the development of a chain of factories in Europe, to his return to the Israel and the formation of the factories and the educational center here.

After we ended the visit and meeting we went to the club of Kibbutz Beit Hashita, where we ate lunch together and spent time in getting to know each other better.

Visit starts
Visit starts

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Jan 26, 2018

Poetry to Heal a Split Society

Hadassah opens
Hadassah opens

Nearly thirty people came on an early summer evening to this very special event of public poem reading and dialogue, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, jointly organized by Jerusalem YMCA and the Interfaith Encounter Association.

The event was the realization of a two-year vision of Hadassa – a poet herself and a very long-term participant in IEA groups. It opened with a welcome and introduction by Hadassah and an opening poem “Nowhere to Stand/Or?”, written by Hadassah, read in the three languages.

The reading part of the event included ten carefully selected poem from the anthology "Before There is Nowhere to Stand" of Israeli and Palestinian poets who respond to the conflict. The poems were divided into three parts: what unites us, what divides us and to what we aspire. Each of the poems was read in English, Arabic and Hebrew and after each part there was a pause and time was given to participants to write down their impressions and thoughts.

Finally participants divided into small groups where they shared their reflections and connected.

Hadassah
Hadassah
Reading poetry
Reading poetry
Small groups conversations
Small groups conversations

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