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Sep 11, 2019

7 encounters in march and April

March 2019


This month we met four times, on 5.3, 12.3, 19.3 and 26.3.


We started working on a new son in Hebrew – "new guy came to the neighborhood", in order to widen our repertoire, as well as rehearsals on songs from the old repertoire.

In the last encounter a new singer joint for mutual impression. She will probably join as it was very successful.



April 2019


During this month we held three encounters, on 2.4, 11.4, 18.4


The new singer indeed join the group, so mostly dedicated the time for rehersals and learning of the old repertoire with the new singer.


We feel that our band is now ready to perform. Here is one of the songs:


Aug 6, 2019

20 Model UN Teens encounters and conferences

January 4: We held a meeting in Tel Aviv to prepare for the YaleMUN conference.

January 10: A delegation of 9 students to the TIQVAMUN conference, with a number of students winning awards.

January 18: We held a training session for the 10 students attending the MEDIMUN conference in Cyprus, overseen by trainers from the Cohen-Idov Center for Rhetoric.

January 14-21: YALEMUN delegation visited NYC and Connecticut synagogues, mosques and the UN, as well as competing in the conference. The Kosovo mission held a special interfaith meeting in our honor. See more here.

January 25: We had a meeting with the Ambassador of Cyprus, H.E. Ms. Thessalia-Salina Shambos, in anticipation of the MEDIMUN 2019 delegation.

January 29: 9 students attended the YachadMUN delegation to YACHADMUN conference in Modi’in, with several winning awards.

February 1: We had a briefing with the Ambassador of Guatemala, H.E. Mr. Mario Bucaro, at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv.

February 7-10: The delegation to MEDIMUN in Cyprus, with 10 students competing in the conference and meeting with the UN in Cyprus. Read more here.

February 14-19: The Empathy Storytelling Delegation visited Netherlands, spoke at schools and the Anne Frank House there, and met with interfaith groups. Read more here.

February 20-25: Students participated in the RESOLVE Youth exchange in London, with peers from Georgia, Sweden and the UK

February 22: We had a briefing with the Ambassador of Costa Rica, H.E. Mr. Esteban Penrod, at  the ambassador’s home.

March 1: we held a volunteering day in south Tel Aviv, with six students coming from Petah Tiqva, Akko, Ramat Gan, and Modi’in.

March 8: we had a meeting with about 25 students at the US Embassy cultural affairs office in Tel Aviv to plan out group projects.

 April 1-2: we had a delegation to the GALMUN conference in Nazareth, with 9 students participating. Two students won awards.

April 5: we held another volunteering session in south Tel Aviv with refugee children.

After the volunteering session a group of 9 students and one teacher stayed in Tel Aviv for shabbat, where they joined a visiting group of Belgian students for shabbat prayers and dinner, and activities on Saturday.

April 7, 9, 10 and 11: We had a number of students join the Belgian delegation through AIM (Actions in the Mediterranean) for debates in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 April 11: we had a delegation of 10 students to the TIRAMUN conference in Tira. Most of the students won awards, and all had a great time!

 April 14-18: 10 students competed with university students in the JLMUN conference at Hebrew University. We stayed together in an AirBNB during the week.

 April 24: We held a sports and barbeque social event over Passover, with about 20 students participating.

 April 30: A delegation of 7 students attended SHAREMUN conference in Netanya.


Aug 6, 2019

Binyamin-Ramallah 7.6.19

After a long break, the group resumed its activity with new Jewish participants. At the set time, Yaki came with Yakov to the encounter place, finding Jihad, Ahmed and Ismail already waiting. By the time Yehuda came we were already immersed in acquaintance conversation – in Arabic.


We talked about the encounters and agreed to aim for an encounter every 1-1.5 month, with a theme selected before. In the long-run we will include also women and children but for the time we start with men and on Fridays.


An interesting point that came during the conversation was the disagreement in the Muslim world about the date of the Holiday. I shared about a similar disagreement in Judaism when Raban Gamliel ordered Rabbi Yehoshua to visit him with his stick and bag on the date that according to his calculation is the Day of Atonement. With heavy heart Rabbi Yehoshua accepted, in order for the authority of the religious ruling to remain accepted by all.


A small step with big hope.


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