Education
 Israel
Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2012-14

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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.

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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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Due to various reasons, the long years cooperation of the A-Sallam School of Majd el-Krum and Kalanit School of Karmiel stopped in the beginning of the school year.

After intensive efforts we managed to renew this school-based interfaith encounter cooperation with another Jewish school – Gilon – that joined A-Sallam School. Below you can find the description of the first encounters of forming this joint partnership. The joint work is already on its way and further reports will follow soon.

February 4th 2010

1) The two school principles, Najeeba and Yael, meet to open the doors of cooperation for interfaith coexistence between the two schools – teams and students. The meeting took place in A-Sallam School.

February 11th 2010

2) Meeting in Gilon School with the two principles and the coordinators of social education and the coordinators of geographical knowledge of the two schools. We coordinated the cooperation and build the program for the students. While doing so we build another level of the cooperation between the two schools.

February 18th 2010

3) Meeting of management teams and deputies of the two schools in order to propose activities for the consolidation of the teachers' team and building a detailed program. The meeting took place in A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum.

February 25th 2010

4) Meeting of the educators of the age levels participating – 4th to 6th grades. We studied the proposed program in depth and suggested feedback for improvement, which was implemented into the program.

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The students of A-Sallam and Kalanit, Arabs and Jews, celebrated Family Day by visiting the Home for Senior Citizens in Karmiel. In the beginning – the home's supervisor explained about the place, the people who live in it and their health situation. She asked the student to accept the old people and treat them nicely. The students attended various activities. They prepared frames from different materials and placed in them a photo of the group that took place in the event. They also prepared a device for stickers out of plastic bottles and decorated it. At the end of the day we summarized all the day's activities and all students, Arabs as Jews, expressed how happy and satisfied they are and how wonderful it was to cooperate in such a program. They said they will be happy to return and volunteer with the old people. We have to note that this was one of the activities of the on-going Jewish-Muslim interfaith encounter program, in which both schools continue despite the difficult political situation the country went through in the beginning of 2009. The most important goal of these activities is to manifest that a person can be dealt with as a person, regardless their religion, ethnicity or color. The students noticed an old lady that speaks and writes Arabic well so they asked her and she wrote a letter to the Majd el-Krum students. Finally, the students of the two schools fare welled happy and expressed their hope to meet again in the future.

Planning encounter More than 20 educators, and the two principles, of the two schools – Kalanit and A-Sallam – joined this encounter.

They set together in small groups and planned the themes they will implement with their age-groups during the year. In the end of the day they set dates and themes.

Joint activity - 2 On December 16th 2008, 6th graders of both schools met in Kalanit School in Karmiel to learn about Hanukah. 70 of A-Sallam students were hosted by Kalanit students.

They heard from the teachers explanations about Hanukah, its customs, how it is celebrated and why. There was also open time for questions around the theme.

The Muslim students greeted the Jewish students from Karmiel. They also asked why don't we have a similar Holiday? They got the explanation from the religion teacher that every religion has its own customs and tradition and for example Jews do not have the Holiday of the Sacrifice.

The students ate doughnuts together and created greetings cards.

Arab-Jewish Hanukah - 3 The encounter took place on December 17th in Karmiel.

The teachers from A-Sallam joined their friends from Kalanit in their homes for lighting Hanukah candles and heard explanations about the meaning of the Holiday.

In the end we all came together for a summarizing session at the school and we heard a lot of compliments about the visits and the new things they learned about Hanukah.

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Organization Information

Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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