Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2012-14

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

In good time we began the year of the coexistence project between the two schools – A-Sallam of Majd el-Krum and Dekel of Karmiel, both in the upper-Galilee.


On Wednesday, 20 November, we held a planning meeting of the leading teams from the two schools, and planned the encounters during the current school year.


On Sunday, 24 November, we met with all educators of the two schools. We updated them with the plan for the school year and publicly declared the commencement of the project activity for the year.


We spoke about our expectations from the project this year. We also discussed the discourse we should lead with the students and their parents in order to attract them to the significance of the educational and cultural issue for our daily lives as citizens in a multi-cultural country.



The two educational teams, of A-Sallam School in Majd el Krum and of Dekel School in Karmiel, met to summarize and reflect together on the activity of the school year year that just ended.

Opening the encounter, the two principals greeted the teams for all the hard and fruitful work of the year and doing within our group. Then they heard feedback from the educators about the strengths and weaknesses of the activity, with the aim to improve the activity for next year.

Most teachers stressed the progression in the doing and the content but there is still need to improve and better internalize the values that strengthen coexistence and joint life. We started thinking about the next year.



An encounter of coexistence took place between A-Sallam School of Majd el-Krum and Dekel School of Karmiel, in the form of Sports Day that was jointly planned by sports teachers from both schools.

The groups were mixed out of the intention that everyone will feel the winning in the end of the day.

There were ten stations and in the end a soccer game that was very nice and on a high level, with full cooperation between the students from both schools.

In the end of the day the schools' principals and teachers gave the students medals for participating in this day.



Thursday, May 9th 2013

Encounter of students from the two schools – Dekel, Karmiel & A-Sallam, Majd el-Krum


The theme of the encounter was the sanctity of Friday for the Muslims and the sanctity of the Shabbat for the Jews.

The children were divided in mixed groups, each facilitated by bi-lingual facilitators who guided them with relevant working sheets.

Each of the groups wrote about the two days in the two communities. The pupils noted the similar and different, for example:


Friday for the Muslims

  1. No work
  2. Sanctity and prayers
  3. Cooking
  4. Family visits

Shabbat for the Jews

  1. No work
  2. Prayers
  3. No-cooking
  4. Family visits


We ended with a feedback conversation in which the children shared how wonderful, successful was the day and how much joy and fun it was.



First all students gathered in the school yard and divided into groups. Each of the groups took one of the tasks for the day, such as:

  • Painting the walls;
  • Planting trees in various corners of the school;
  • Drawing paintings that illustrate joint life and mutual respect;
  • Drawing religious people of different communities;
  • Drawing traditional costumes of the two communities.


At the end of the day we held joint activities for the students: music, dancing and a joint lunch.


To conclude: we had an inter-cultural encounter between the students of both sectors, which testifies to the willingness of the students to contribute together good deeds for the benefit of the community and the environment and to take advantage of this opportunity to do something good, small or large. The students enjoyed very much the joint work and each one of them felt they contributed to the success of the day.



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Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem, Israel
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