American Friends of Neve Shalom-Wahat Al-Salam Overview
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Target demographics: Jewish and Palestinian children, youth and adults living in Israel, as well as the Palestinian Territories. American audience who wish to learn about the Middle East situation and constructive alternatives to the conflict.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, 200-250 children enroll at the first ever binational, bilingual and multicultural primary school; 1,200 youth and adults participate in the School for Peace workshops; 165 people participate in the Pluralistic Spiritual Center activities. All programs impact thousands of people indirectly every year.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help raise money for the binational educational programs of the Oasis of Peace.
Programs: Established in 1979, the School for Peace is an integral part of the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam's mission to build relationships between Palestinians and Jews through communication and respect. The School for Peace brings together Palestinian and Israeli, youth and adults, with diverse and often diametrically opposed ideological backgrounds for youth encounter workshops, women courses, teacher trainings, and facilitator trainings.
50,000 have participated in the internationally recognized School for Peace workshops, often meeting the "other" side for the first time.
The Pluralistic Spiritual Center opened its doors in 2001 and has brought together hundreds of individuals, groups and religious leaders for workshops exploring the three monotheisms' traditions.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam ("Oasis of Peace" in Hebrew and Arabic) has been providing for 40 years a concrete alternative to the conflict, showing that Jews and Palestinians can live, work and raise their children together, in peace, equality and mutual respect.