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Phone: 818-325-8884
12925 Riverside Drive
Suite 230

Sherman Oaks
California 91423
USA
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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.

Mission:
The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam encourages, supports and publicizes the projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the Oasis of Peace. For more than thirty years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has been dedicated to dialogue, cooperation and a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to live and work together as equals in this community to promote trust, understanding and mutual respect well beyond its own borders. At Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the bilingual, binational, multicultural Primary School, the School for Peace, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center, and other projects, serve the village and beyond reaching thousands of Jewish and Palestinian youth and adults.
Results:
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is home to the first ever binational school in Israel, where Jews and Palestinians learn in the same class in the two languages - Hebrew and Arabic. Hundreds of children have graduated since 1984.
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.

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02/25/13
Great organziation that really makes a difference, can't praise them enough for the work they do... more »
07/18/11
I teach at Brandeis University, where we were given an endowment to bring pairs of Israeli peace activists, each consisting of a Jew and a Palestinian, to our university for a full four year liberal arts education, all expenses paid. We are able to fund three pairs in every four year cycle in the ... more »
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam – the Oasis of Peace in Israel, serves as a model and a beacon to the world that with understanding, peace is possible. This unique village maintains the first school of its kind where children have a chance to learn what it means to respect each other, understand each ... more »
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