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May 16, 2019

Bar Ilan U. group holds another great activity!

We take holidays, charity and chocolate VERY seriously!

Thanks to two very generous donations, forty Mishloach Manot, (holiday gift bags filled with chocolates and sweets) are now ready to be distributed on Purim to children in need in our communities throughout Israel! Every gift bag features a holiday card written in Arabic, Hebrew, English, and Chinese!!!!!


Wishing you and yours a joyous Purim!!!!



A few days later:


The holiday gift baskets have been delivered!!!!

Something we can ALL agree on: Bringing the joy of the Holiday of Purim to underprivileged children, children with special needs and children who are ill, throughout our communities!!!

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This activity of the group was covered by Jerusalem Post:


May 10, 2019

Gilboa-Nablus Youth group - two encounters

15.1.19 Encounter 2 -Yeshivat Ma'ale Galba’s students- Nablus:

The encounter didn’t start as expected because the taxi that was supposed to pick up the Palestinians was late. At the beginning we went through the names (some names have changed from the Israeli group) then we decided that there isn’t much time to do the discussion as planned regarding the subject of The Oral law and Traditions, so we decided to do a brief introduction of the subject from a Jewish perspective and shed some light on the complexities within this topic, and to ask the Palestinians if they have similar teachings. The Palestinians talked about the subject and most of the time we asked them questions about Islam in general, and about their social circle in particular. We received some interesting answers (most of the conversations were in English, parts of them were translated by Oday from Hebrew to Arabic and vice versa).


They also asked us questions about our basic religious duties at the end of the discussions. Someone answered that there are big arguments among the Jewish people revolving around the question: What are the most important religious duties. However, we explained to them the idea of the Ten Commandments and we found out that there are big similarities between the two religions when it comes to prohibitions and permissible in the Ten Commandments.


We finished the day with a lot to reflect on for next encounters where we will discuss the subject of the “design” of the Torah\ Islam, as we planned.


Gilboa- 29.3.19

We had the encounter in Gilboa, it was a very intense encounter and the guys were very active.

We were 15 Palestinians and 6 Israelis.

I translated for both of them. We discussed many issues about religions and cultures, humanity and peace coexistence.  


Apr 9, 2019

Religious Leaders meet Pac Yahya and join Kululam

People were invited for 22:30, but started arriving at the Tower of David around 22:00. Interested journalists took advantage of that for interviews. When I was asked about the connection between the mass singing of the Kululam event and the encounter of religious leaders I responded that when singing together every one of the many people who join intuitively understands that the alt and baritone voices are not in competition but complement each other in harmony. Our work with the religious leaders is to bring the same awareness for the coexistence of different people and communities in the Holy Land, to bring wide consciousness to this awareness and to leverage for the joining of many.


The whole evening was inspired by the visit of Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, the General Secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama – the world’s largest Muslim organization with over 60 million followers, which teaches Islam of love and compassion.


At 23:00 we gathered in the designated room. We originally planned for an intimate encounter of around 20 religious leaders but found nearly 80 religious and social leaders in the room… Due to the limited time we had, we decided to organize people in two concentric circles, with Pac Yahya, his colleagues from Indonesia and some of the religious leaders in the inner circle. We were happy to include in the inner circle also Minister Zeev Elkin, Minister of Environmental Protection and of Jerusalem Affairs.


The conversation question was how religion and religious discourse can serve as a bridge to mutual understanding, compassion and peace. There were two lines of responses: one stressed the need to revisit some of the common interpretations of religious texts, hopefully finding valid interpretations that will be more inclusive. The other emphasized the role of interfaith encounter and joint study of religion in building bridges between communities.


At 01:00 we concluded the conversation and joined nearly 1,000 people for rehearsals for the joint mass singing of Bob Marley's song "One Love" with the Kululam team, ending two and a half hours later with most impressive singing.


Here are a few links from the event:

1. Two press pieces:


2. The Kululam mass singing event:


3. Making of the event (general):


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