Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2016-18

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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.


March 21st

Special visit to the Barlev Industrial Zone – to Straus factories, with 3rd graders from both schools.

The children learned about the process of producing yoghurt and ice-cream. They watched a film about the process and then went through a guided visit of the factories. In the end they received a product as a gift.


April 22nd

An encounter of the educators of both schools: evaluating the program and recommendations. 25 educators participated.

The activity was organized by the two program coordinators – Mr. Nader Taha, vice-principal of A-Sallam School, and Ms. Hadas Keren, vice-principal of Dekel School.

The encounter took place at Dekel School.


June 3rd

Joint Sports Day for 3rd and 4th graders.

Some 50 students took part from each school. They had a few stations like dances, music, drawing and arts. In the end of the day the children received food and soft drinks and went back home.

The encounter took place in A-Sallam school.


February 8th: Tu Bishvat

50 students from A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum and 50 students from Dekel School in Karmiel participated together in this special Tu Bishvat activity.

They sang songs in both languages and worked in the classes with work-sheets.

Artistic activity was conducted by the teacher Nariman Asadi and each group presented the final work they produced. We watched a film about Keren Kayemet, its history and its work.

We all planted together trees and plants in the school.

This encounter took place at Dekel School in Karmiel.


February 21st: Purim

Some 70 students took part in this cultural-educational encounter around the Jewish Holiday of Purim. The encounter took place in A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum.

The students of A-Sallam School learned about Purim through a text brought by Hadas from Dekel School.

Then they held various activities of painting and gluing masks and costumes; and watched together a play in Hebrew about the theme.

The goal was to expose the Muslim students to the Jewish Holidays so that they know why Purim is celebrated and can relate to the issue.


The two educators' teams, some 30 teachers from Dekel School in Karmiel and A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum, met on Tuesday November 15th in order to plan together the joint students' activity around healthy existence.

First the educators had their own conversation about the nature of healthy existence and nutrition and how they are guided by the Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Then they planned the activities of the students: designating groups of students that will research kinds of traditional foods as well as preparing a booklet on medicinal plants and how they were used traditionally and for what purposes. Each group of students will focus on the research of one plant and write an entry in the booklet, which will finally be published for all students and parents.

Each of the teachers will now return to his/her class and explain to the students the whole concept, so that they will have good understanding of the ideas and goals of this project and the way it integrates the Jewish and Arab culture and tradition, shows the common in healthy existence and brings the two communities closer together.

The encounter was very successful!


The Galilee Women's group met in Misgav, in the big Sukkah of the town. Noga invited us and we came 5 women from Eilaboun and 4 from Bueine.

We were received by a group of women from the community, some of which are not part of our group but gave us and the group a lot of respect and joined their friends.

They received us with greetings and warmth, prepared for us a buffet full with special foods and did not forget the apple and the honey in honor of the new year that recently began.

After eating, Sima explained to the group about the Holiday, its food and customs, and about the Sukkah, its importance in this Holiday and what is symbolizes.

Many of the women did not know these things before!

Later we all went for a tour around the community. We saw different kinds of Sukkot and very beautiful decorations. It was a very nice atmosphere of celebration.



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Organization Information

Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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

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