Breaking Down Borders: Youth Self Discovery

by American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
Mar 21, 2013

Massa-Masar The Journey New Direction 2013-4


This Massa–Masar program focuses on developing leadership among Jewish and Arab young adults aged 18 and older. It will include up to 20 young adults from Neve Shalom-Wahat al Salam and more from outside the NSWAS community.

The goal of the program is help these young people become conscientious and creative leaders who will be able to develop and implement new programs that will promote equality, freedom and human rights for all citizens of Israel.
Massa–Masar The Journey New Direction 2013-4 will give participants the tools and confidence to work with others and will focus on building transformational leadership, helping a new generation build a different future.

Once they have a knowledge base on the Arab-Jewish conflict, participants will then be empowered to gain practical experience — first by facilitating a group that encourages personal growth and development.

Massa-Masar will be a six-month program structured around six intensive seminars featuring experts from different disciplines. Each month, there will be a day-long seminar on the following subjects: techniques of group facilitation; how to tell a story and how to listen to someone else’s story; the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict; interpersonal communication skills; the study of different ethnic groups; skills for changing personal perspectives for leaders of the future.

Between these day-long seminars, the participants will meet with a group leader who will invite them to share their thoughts, questions, stories of personal growth, and reflections on the group process they are experiencing. They will develop ideas for projects promoting peace and human rights, and when they return to their homes, they will be able to create and implement these projects with the children and young adults of their communities.

We look forward to witnessing the emergence of new initiatives by and involving young people throughout the county. The communication skills and creative techniques fostered by Massa–Masar will, we believe, form the foundation of such initiatives. 


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American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

Location: Glendale, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Abir Elzowidi
Operations Manager
Glendale, CA Israel

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