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Oct 11, 2018

Interfaith Encounter Day 2018

Around 60 people came on 6 September to the annual gathering of "Interfaith Encounter Day" that took place this year too at the Felm Center in Jerusalem.


This year we added an artistic component – an artist led a process of joint creation of a bench and a group of participants worked with him. Other participants enjoyed refreshments and informal conversations, with people they knew and with new people.

At six we held a short session of blessings. Rev. Seppo Paulasaari welcomed us in the name of Felm and stressed how much they are happy cooperating with IEA. Then Dr. Yehuda Stolov greeted the people and stressed the unique opportunity for people who attend encounters of one group to meet people from other groups and learn how they work, and for new people to get to know IEA in a special way.

Then participants talked with each other in encounter circles. They got to know each other personally as well as shared and learned about the ways various groups work.

At seven thirty we invited people for a light supper.


Oct 2, 2018

8 encounters in May and June

Eight encounters were held in May and June 2018


May 2018

There were four encounters, in the dates:

1.5 8.5 22.5 29.5


Some new members have joined our team, that we hope will come regularly:

Dror (plays the cannon), Razan, Yazar and Halad (singers). The encounters were mainly focused on introducing the new members with the songs we already play and sing, but also to new material.


Songs that we worked on (partial list):

Yatir Yatir, Dror ikra, Lama haketz, Erev shel shoshanim, Horyatana, Od aruka, Nitzotz haahava, Hine ani, Hali hali hal.



June 2018

There were four encounters, on the dates:

5.6 12.6 19.6 26.6


Came more or less regularly:

Marwan (oud), Shani (singing), Dror (cannon) And Yuval (drums)

Also, came less regularly: Yasir (singing) And Yahia (singing and Darbouka) . We added a new member named Rachel (violin). She still hasn’t arrived to any practices but she is supposed to arrive next month.


In the encounters we continued working on the regular songs, especially on:

- Intros and endings of songs

- Transitions parts, solo parts and improvisations in the song

- Shani singing in Arabic


Aug 27, 2018

Six encounters

12 January 2018

 15 participants

Our encounter included people of Israeli, Palestinian, and other international backgrounds and took place in Kibbutz Revadim. Activities consisted of the following: a shared breakfast and lunch, a visit to the sea, a sharing circle about the significance of our encounter within the borders of Israel, a lecture on the importance of Arabic language and the study of the language in Israel, a dance party entirely in Arabic, and shared cooking of a communal dinner.


 19 January 2018

 60 participants

The encounter included many active participants in our activities as well as other members who came to learn languages - Arabic, English, and Hebrew. For two days we worked in small groups and learned each other’s languages. We did this through community gardening, cooking, and studying songs. We also had a delicious meal together and we sat together around the fire.


8 February 2018

 12 participants

The encounter was intimate and feminine. This time we decided to meet in a circle of women in where each of us spoke and shared what it meant to work together. Looking back, is there anything in recent years she is proud of, either done alone or done together? What is she thankful for? What will she take with her from here on and what does she want to leave behind?


23 February 2018

 40 participants

This encounter, and the last one at the center of Ecome, came from our original group, and many other people who were active in the center long before us. The encounter took two days and consisted of various elements of togetherness, farewell and giving thanks for the time we worked in Ecome. We took a short walk in the desert, did sharing circles and exercises in pairs in the spirit of the Non-Violent Communication, held a mourning ceremony that included farewells and new beginnings, and of course had shared meals, singing, and prayer.


 21 March 2018

 4 participants

After closing the Ecome Center, creating the opportunity to meet is much more difficult because we must coordinate times with everyone and find a suitable place. The encounter is meant to understand who we are now, what our role is, stay updated on everyone’s situation, and to understand whether we can continue together in a different way. Everyone updated each other on his personal situation and his vision of continuing the joint work.


23 March 2018

 20 participants

The encounter, which was on the shores of the Dead Sea this time, included a birthday celebration for two members of the group, the construction of a camp, the preparation of a shared meal in the morning and evening, and a walk to the beach. The encounter was short but important to maintaining the connection between us.


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