Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2014-16

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

In September 2009, the long-time cooperation between A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum and Kalanit School in Karmiel had to stop. A few months later we found a way to cooperate with the nearby Gilon School. After 4 cooperation-building encounters in February 2010 – of the two principals, the full management teams, plus the coordinators of age-levels and land-knowledge (to plan the detailed work-plan) and the classes' educators – held 10 students' encounters with this school and A-Sallam School, between March and June 2010 with focus on the environment.

Sadly, the project suffered additional challenges when the Gilon School decided not to continue with the partnership with A-Sallam School. Therefore a new partnership was formed with the Dekel School from Karmiel, whose principal Ms. Amit Yaniv knows the principal of A-Sallam, Ms. Najeeba Sirhan, for many years of good cooperation, since her time as a teacher in Kalanit School. Consequently we are now very hopeful that this partnership will last for a long time.

After meetings of the management teams and of the full educational teams to plan the program, along with a preliminary encounter of the students, it kicked off on December 2010 and ran through the end of the school year in June 2011. We are now optimistic that this cooperation is again long-term one.

Soon I hope to report about individual encounters.

Dear friends,

It is a long time since we shared an update from the field. This is due to the fact that local strikes put extra load on the principals of the two schools and I do hope we will soon be able to share these updates.

However, I do want to update you in the mean time that the encounters between the two schools continue as planned, twice a week, and are very successful.

I do hope to write again soon.




Some 300 students took part in this joint day of the two schools.

First they went through workshops in the classes about the rights of the child and his/her duties.


Then they took part in a special procession in the streets of Majd el-Krum, accompanies by Hebrew and Arabic music as well as by a clown who organized activities for them. 

Finally they came back to the A-Sallam School, had a light meal and continues with different activities: painting on their faces, folk dances and singing in the two languages.


120 students from both schools took part in this joint day.

First they cleaned the place from trash left by previous visitors and spoke together about the importance of the culture of keeping nature clean.

Then they took part in a variety of workshops: climbing ropes, rope bridges, playing Darbuka, painting etc.

 Towards the end of the day the young leaders summarized the day together with the students and their parents.


Students in Shagor Stream
Students in Shagor Stream

March 4th 2010

A joint encounter for two groups of "Environmental Leaders" from the two schools, with 50 students from each school. In the encounter we held information workshops on the area we all live in and started forming connections between the students.

April 15th 2010

6) The encounter was postponed to May 3rd, due to the unfortunate death of the father of the principle of A-Sallam School. We held an excursion to the Shagor area and Shagor Stream with some 150 students from both schools. We learned the plants and rocks of the scenery and how to protect them from environmental pollution. Towards the end – parents served a light meal to the students.

April 22nd 2010

7) An encounter for 5th graders with some 130 students from both schools. Professionals in recycling led workshops on how to re-use things we throw away. For example: students used paper to construct different sculptures, designing their yards and keeping the environment at the same time.

April 29th 2010

8) A joint excursion of six graders to Tiberius and learning about the water sources in Israel as well as soil and history of the place. The excursion included visits to Holy Sites and bi-lingual guidance by the outings coordinators of the two schools.

May 7th 2010

Joint excursions for the teams of the two schools in the area of Snir Stream in order to socially consolidate them into one team. 40 teachers participated from the two schools. In the end we had a joint meal.

Learning the environment - first hand
Learning the environment - first hand



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Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem, Israel
$21,535 raised of $28,800 goal
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