Daily Archives: 18 בFebruary 2018


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Tzav Pius Encounters on the Field Facilitated by Iddo Diamant‏, Director of the soccer program. Tzav Puis aims to change Israeli reality by creating frameworks for joint living by promoting basic values such as mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding, in order to create a unified Israeli society, with a glorious past and promising future. The method for this workshop was taken from the larger soccer curriculum, which promotes tolerance, while becoming deeply acquainted with the “other.” Using soccer as a metaphor and means towards advancing dialogue, the workshop comprised two stages: Introductions: each participant introduced themselves, while selecting a position on the field that represents them and explaining their choice (defense, coach, goalie, etc.). The group was given 40 cards, […]

Encounters on the Field


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Plugta Fight Club: Who’s Afraid of Disputes? Facilitated by Daniel Kandler, Director. Plugta is a social initiative founded by ultra-Orthodox Jews who wanted to encourage their fellow Israelis to take joint responsibility over our national destiny, as a nation and country. Plugta believes as the first point of contact, disputes offer the opportunity to meet, connect, and even argue. Plugta conducts various learning and dialogue opportunities, inviting the public to talk, disagree, and jointly figure out the disputes that affect our destiny as a nation and country. The workshop examined the power and potential of disputes, and how disagreements can be leveraged to create closeness.

?Fight Club: Who’s Afraid of Disputes


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Gesher Jewish and Israeli Identities Facilitated by Adaf Adler, Education Director. Gesher works to promote joint living among the different sectors in Israel, creating a joint future for Israeli society and the Jewish people. The workshop focused on the complexity of defining Jewish identity and Israeli identity. Using coordinates to map out their sense of belonging, participants explored the different aspects of establishing their identities. Using the Duplo Method, participants examined both identities, highlighting the complexity between Judaism and Israeliness.

Jewish and Israeli Identities




Initiated by Gil Gilad, Besod Siach This space was created in the spirit of the conference, and attendees were invited into this space to meet, engage in deep dialogue, and take action – without any facilitation. Throughout the conference, this space was spontaneously occupied – groups gathered to talk about various aspects of dialogue pertaining to the conference and its theme (whether from an organizational, community, or general standpoint). Some participants chose to discuss previous workshops, conference experiences, and personal experiences and ideas. Sheets of poster board were available for participants to summarize their discussions, ideas, questions, thoughts, conclusions, etc. Thus, each new group read and was inspired by those who had come before it, while reacting and adding their […]

The Open Workshop: The Space between the Spaces


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  Kids4Peace Facilitated by Suma Qawasmi, Yael Kalif, Ismat Uthman, and Sarah Stone, Kids4Peace coordinators. Kids4Peace is an interfaith youth group and community, bringing together Jews, Christians and Muslims who live in and around Jerusalem. Participating kids learn about tolerance and gain skills for coping with conflict in a multi-cultural environment.   The workshop was a sample unit from the youth curriculum that focuses on personal experiences within Jerusalem’s urban sphere. Participants placed noteworthy sites on the floor, which was transformed to a city-wide map. Then, each participant mapped out their daily routine. By sharing their experiences, participants were able to take a fresh look at their daily commutes and gain an appreciation for how others experience the same urban […]

Mapping Our City



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Zipori Facilitated by Mike Leiter, Director of the “City Meets Forest” program and Alon Oriyon, project partner. Due to demand, two workshops were held during the conference. This program’s vision is to bring as many Jerusalemites from every background to experience the wonderful renewal of the forest, thus turning the forest into a place for study and recreation. With this in mind, the workshop first focused on observing a variety of natural phenomena. Later, participants engaged in joint thinking about landscaping – the first step towards working together to maintain the forest. The workshop also touched upon the heritage of agriculture and nature. The tour departed from the Zipori Center, and entered the forest. Sitting across from beautiful, scenic views, […]

Renewing the Jerusalem Forest


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Booksurfing Facilitated by Raz Spector, Founder Two workshops were held during the conference; one on cities, the other on dialogue. Booksurfing is a format for facilitating encounters between a small group of unacquainted text-lovers. The session’s topic is selected in advance, and each participant brings a short text to the surf. Raz says, “It’s called Booksurfing, and it’s an Israeli invention. Eightstrangers meet to share and discuss short texts. Why? It’s more than a literary project; it’s about the social and cultural ties between strangers, a remedy for the ills of urban alienation.” Participants can bring any sort of text, which they share with the group. The discussion that ensues is loosely facilitated by the surf’s host.

Textual Encounters


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Beit Midrash-Madrasah Facilitated by Yigal Simon, Director and Amin Khalaf, Facilitator (Hebrew-Arabic). This workshop employed the hevruta (pairs) method of study, as well as group study of foundational texts from the Islamic and Jewish traditions. Participants learned texts in smaller groups, and then reconvened to discuss and reflect upon the experience and its significance.

Religious Text Study



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Ajeec – The Negev Institute Facilitated by Rose Amer, Director of the Volunteer Program and social activist. Ajeec was founded in 2001 with the goal of creating genuine partnership rooted in equality, peace, and justice. The organization has a number of divisions: a volunteer tent, which was recently recognized as Israel’s first youth organization, the economic department, early childhood, health, and more. The workshop demonstrated Ajeec’s partnership model, through role play and creating a joint project, which trains youngsters to become activists in their communities. Taliy’a (“pioneers”) is a year-long volunteer program that serves as a transitional framework for Arab high school graduates. They are trained to integrate, while developing their own personal and community identities. At the same time, […]

Identity Dialogue: Paulo Freire’s Approach to Dialogue