Education
 Israel
Project #1521

Community Building for 1000 Jews & Muslims 2012-14

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)
Demonstrating Hajj
Demonstrating Hajj

On Thursday, December 4th 2008, the encounter took place in A-Sallam School with some 120 5th graders.

The students coming from Karmiel and the local students met in the courtyard of A-Sallam School around a model of the Qa'aba, built in order to demonstrate for the students. The Religion Teacher Nader Taha showed the students how the different parts of the Hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca – are implemented. His told the students about common elements in Judaism and Islam, in this case: in the story of Abraham sacrificing his son.

In the end of the day the students ate a joint meal, prepared by the parents' board. They greeted each other and fare-welled with a smile of happiness and enthusiasm for the next encounter.

Demonstrating Hajj 2
Demonstrating Hajj 2
Joint festive meal
Joint festive meal
Imam Mohammad and the kids
Imam Mohammad and the kids

Some 60 students came from Kalanit School in Karmiel to A-Sallam School. They walked hand in hand to the "Abu Baker" Mosque where the Imam Muhammad Kiwan waited for them. He explained to them the parts of the mosque and the significance of each part and the way to behave in sacred places. He blessed their coming to the mosque and prayed for long joint life, full of happiness and hope.

After the visit the students went back to the school where they prepared greeting cards for the coming holidays, with sentences and prayers coming from their hearts – for long healthy and prosperous lives for people of all faiths.

Najeeba & Rama
Najeeba & Rama

The encounter took place on September 25th 2008, between the educational teams of A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum and Kalanit School in Karmiel, and focused on the theme of Ramadan. The Principle of A-Sallam School, Ms. Najeeba Sirhan, welcomed the Kalanit team in Majd el-Krum and stressed their good will in participating in this encounter as manifesting love, brotherhood and interfaith tolerance.

The Islamic Religion teacher of A-Sallam presented a lecture on the month of Ramadan: Why do Muslims fast? When do they fast? And the customs of the Fast of Ramadan, and the family visits and the daily meal of breaking the fast. In addition he talked about the commandments of Islam and briefly explained them. Finally he wished all citizens of Israel long life, love, peace and safety.

Rama Ovadiah, Principle of Kalanit School, wished the A-Sallam team easy fast and happy el-Fitr Holiday and stressed the continuation of the joint educational, cultural and inter-religious work of the two schools.

In the conclusion of the encounter, the teacher Osnat from Kalanit School read a greetings prepared by the Kalanit team and wishes for happy life.

Exlaining
Exlaining
Eating together
Eating together
In Compost 2000
In Compost 2000

On April 16th a joint educational outing took place with the environmental leadership of the 5th graders from the two schools – A-Sallam and Kalanit – at Compost 2000, near Haifa. The students learned how it is possible to utilize waste, recycle it and reuse it in order to reduce the amount of garbage and keep environment clean. 50 students took part in this excursion.

Learning together
Learning together
Preparing to go out
Preparing to go out

Out of the basic assumption that it is important to keep our environment clean, the environmental leadership of the two schools, A-Sallam and Kalanit, held a joint environmental day.

5th graders of the two schools went out to the streets and cleaned them. Then they entered the cemetery, cleaned it and tidied the plantation in it. In this day that took place on April 24th, took part some 150 students from both schools.

At the end of the day the students distributed papers for the parents, with guidance for the parents on how to increase awareness for preserving their environment clean.

Cleaning the street
Cleaning the street
Cleaning the cemetary
Cleaning the cemetary

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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
$20,495 raised of $28,800 goal
 
405 donations
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