Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2014-16

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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.



We divided the students into three groups. Each group had an Hebrew specking facilitator and an Arabic speaking facilitator.

  • First activity: who remembers the names of students from the other group (most of them did remember…)
    - Putting stickers with the names;
    - The students wrote their names in both Hebrew and Arabic;
    - The students cooperated in the writing of the names and in the acquaintance activity;
    - Activity to mix the students. The facilitators mentioned peace greetings in Hebrew and Arabic, such as: hallo, shalom, salam etc.
  • Temporary groupings of children according to similarities:
    - All those who like basketball;
    - Those who played football yesterday;
    - Those who wear a coat;
    - Those who have brown eyes.
  • Breakfast break:
    Students ate together breakfast that included elements related to the olive harvest season: Zatar, Labaneh, oil, olives…
    They enjoyed a lot the joint meal.
  • Work in small groups:
    - Planet in space: students cooperate and help each other to have the "earth" stay steady in the place indicated by the facilitators;
    - Presentations of various groups. Each student explained what he saw in each of the groups. The goal was that each student will be aware of the group s/he is part of and at the same time be able to identify with other groups.
    Each time the students and facilitator held a conversation about the explanation of the student to the group.
    - Choosing five words and presenting them in movements – an activity that requires cooperation and concentration.
    - Creating Mandalas:
    First the students were presented with different Mandalas and shared what they saw, what is common to all drawings, what feelings the drawing arouse.
    Then they received explanations about the Mandala:
             - the meaning (center, circle in ancient Indian language)
             - Mandala-like drawings are found in several world cultures in America and
               Asia, without connections between them. The Mandala symbolizes
               existence and the human sole.
             - Mandala is a drawing that has a central point with branches going out of it,
                making a circle full of lines, symbols and circles.
             - Its purposes are art, healing, conveying a message of wholeness and
               equality, circle of life and implication of world peace.

Students expressed their satisfaction and joy from this encounter and the connections and conversations between them, with mutual respect and acceptance. We all look forward to the next encounter.


A-Salam School and Dekel School 

Majd el-Krum and karmiel

Our joint project for A-Salam School from Majd el-Krum and Dekel School from Karmiel started its school-year activity on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. In the encounter participated the team of A-Salam School, the team of Dekel School and thirty students from each school. We were visited my Ms. Maria from the US, who participated with us, watched our activity and had a conversation with the project's team.

Content of the encounter:

Conversation on values: religion, acceptance, tolerance, peace, respect

Order of activity:

1. Acquaintance games between the students:

  • What is common between you
  • Ordering of students according to height
  • First letter of the name
  • Similar words in Hebrew and Arabic

2. Creating a "Hamsa" (palm shaped artifact) on the theme of peace: each students drew something related to the theme and activity and each student shared their creation with their partner from the other school.

Summary and feedback:

All students enjoyed the encounter, were satisfied with its activities and asked about the next encounter.

It was interesting and challenging for bringing the hearts together.


June 26th, 2012  

An experiential encounter for the 5th and 6th graders from both schools.

Some 60 students took part in this encounter in this a special company led them through activities of challenge and creativity. The teachers of art and music accompanied the children.

The encounter took place in a grove near Majd el-Krum. With the group were also parents from Majd el-Krum, who offered food and drinks to the joint group. They also took part in the activity, which strengthened the children and helped them integrate in such great way.


July 2nd, 2012

The summarizing encounter for our year of doing took place in a restaurant in Akko. 22 educators took part in it, together with the two principals who spoke about the activities that were realized, how to plan the activity for the next year and how to develop what we have.

Doron, an educator from Dekel School, led an activity to support the construction of a successful process.

We spoke about the difficulties and how to overcome them.

What do we aspire for?

Finally, the two principals Najeeba Sirhan and Amit Yaniv wished the teachers a pleasant vacation and the wish they return with new and massive energy for the new activity year.



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Organization Information

Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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Project Leader:
Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem, Israel
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