| Dec 29, 2015
Four encounters of "Or/Nur" - Haifa Women's group
By Dr. Yehuda Stolov | Executive Director
From the outing
We started the year with a small picnic and a joint visit to the Japanese Museum. We met at Louis Promenade with a lovely view of the Haifa Bay. We brought refreshments - cake and cookies, coffee and tea, and a lot of love and good humor. We invited a guest to the encounter - Jennifer Beckman, a woman who came to Israel to study for a master's degree in Peace and Conflicts management at Haifa University. Jennifer reaches us through the reports of the Interfaith Encounter Association. She wrote to Dr. Yehuda Stolov and he referred her to me. In our conversation we did a short round of introduction, we listened to Jennifer while talking about her curriculum, and we talked a lot about the upcoming trip of our Ahmadi friend Farida to the hajj in Mecca this year. Of course we all wished Farida a good trip and success in this important task.
Then we went to the Japanese Museum, just across the promenade. We visited two exhibitions: photos of the Japanese street fashion taken by the photographer kilt Doaits, and the female figure of Japanese art. We were very impressed from the two exhibitions and the guide's explanation superb.
We met at the home of our friend Tzaphi, to watch together various sections of the film taken by Community Television of Haifa, which took place in March during our encounter at the home of our friend Nawal. We watched the movie, and had planned together the editing of the film, the scenes that we want to preserve and the non important ones to arrive to a 20 minutes movie length. We also highlighted the sections that should be translated into Arabic and English.
Meeting at Rachel's house to watch the film again and translating into English all marked sections.
A joint trip to Western Galilee College, for a seminar day that dealt with the theme of Arabs and Jews in theater and dance. First we watched the dance section of the "Bridges" group - an Arab-Jewish dance group of teens and young adults, who works and creates in Galilee, Kfar Yasif, Led by Raba Morcos and Ilan Palmyra. Another dance section from the dance show "Enta Omri" of the dance company of Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal. Then we listened to a number of interesting panels: casting Arab actors in the theater, led by Danny Horowitz with participation of - Lee Perlman, Salwa Nakara, Yussef Abu Warda, Rawda Suleiman Haj Dibsi Haolh Adnan Trabsh, Salim Dow and Hisham Suleiman. A panel on Arabs and Jews in dance hosted by Rina Badash with participation of - Gaby Aldor, Amir Kolben, Liat Dror, Raba Morcos and Nir Ben Gal. The seminar day ended with an excerpt from the play "Nostalgia" of the Jaffa Theater, directed and edited by Yigal Ezrati and the actresses - Rawda Suleiman and Gaby Aldor. The show combined two stories, each of which is a journey following the parents' family memories. "Starting point" of the play is the people who do not live where they were born. On the one hand a story of an Arab born in Ein Hud, who was deported from his home village and now works as a gardener in Ein Hod on his family land, and on the other hand the story of a daughter who came with her family to Tel Aviv due to the rise of the Nazis and the deportation of Jews from Germany and for several years she lived in Berlin. The play illustrates the true and reliable personal narrative of both Arabs and Jews. The seminar was fruitful and very thought provoking.