2016 discussions


Yael Gvirtz, CEO, Elifelet – Citizens for Refugee Children Karyn Thomas “Small Projects” (Istanbul) Yael Gvirtz By profession, I am a journalist and a biographer. About four years ago, my life changed. I was shocked when I heard that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at refugee children in the Shapira neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv. I decided to go there myself. Afterwards, the refugees told me that in more than four years in this country, I was the first Israeli to reach out to them with well-meaning intentions I learned about the “children warehouses” in southern Tel Aviv. Thousands of children spend the day in cellars, in life-threatening conditions, neglected, and cramped. We faced a challenge and understood that we […]

Keynote Address by Israeli and Foreign Activists: Foreigners in the Community ...


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Chair: Dr. Maya Kahanoff, Senior Lecturer in the M.A. Program in Conflict Research, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Panel: Liat Mayberg, Among the founders of the Haredi pre-academic program and coordinator on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rabbi Nehemia Steinberger, Director of the Haredi pre-academic program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Amna Freg, Coordinator of Arab Students, Student Union, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Asmaa Mara’ee-Zoabi, Graduate of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Maya Kahanoff Compared with Israeli society at large, the university isn’t that bad. Different populations manage to co-exist most of the time. Students are enlightened and they don’t silence others. Recently, the administration acknowledged holidays celebrated by other […]

Panel 7: On and Off Campus: Academia and the Mixed City


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Chair: Marik Stern, Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, PhD Student at Ben Gurion University Panel: Eli Rozenfeld , Director, the French Hill Community Center Avi Ehrentreu, Ultra-Orthodox resident of the French Hill Yosef Atia, Arab resident of the French Hill Naomi Vestfrid, secular resident of the French Hill Marik Stern I will begin by presenting my research about the French Hill neighborhood. The data is in its early stages, but it will provide a framework for our discussion today. In the aftermath of the Six Day War, the Mount Scopus campus [of the Hebrew University] was reopened. A need arose to create a Jewish continuum between west Jerusalem and Mount Scopus, Thus, three neighborhoods were constructed: Ma’alot […]

Panel 6: French Hill and Mount Scopus: Peace in Jerusalem?



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Panel in partnership with the Education Department of the Jerusalem Municipality Greetings:        Dr. Udi Spiegel, The Jerusalem Foundation Tamar Greidinger, The Adam Institute Lecture:           Dr. Cheli Halel Avraham, Education and Society Department, Ono Academic College Chairs:             Emanuel Zilberman, Deputy Director of High School Education, Jerusalem Municipality Nabila Mena, Deputy Director of Arabic Education, Jerusalem Municipality Speakers:         Principals and educators from Jerusalem, whose schools participate in various educational programs, as listed:                         Rabbi Arie Foxbromer, Principal of the Har-Nof elementary school (A Bridge of Educators)                         Sana Atari, Principal of East Jerusalem girls high school (Directing Together)                         Bar Harir, Principal of Ankori High School, City Center                         Ido Plesental, Educational Coordinator, Sieff and Marks High School (In the […]

Panel 3: Teaching Dialogue – Educational Projects in Mixed Cities                     ...


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Chair: Dr. Uki Maroshek Klarman, Academic Director, The Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace Asfahan Bahaloul, PhD Candidate, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Fund Initiatives Dr. Shlomo Fischer, Academic Advisor, Yesodot – The Center for Torah and Democracy Uki Maroshek Klarman Different education systems within Jerusalem contend differently with it being a mixed city, a city whose sovereignty is even under dispute. We will discuss a number of typical schools that organize diverse activities to assert the presence of different groups within the city. Asfahan Bahaloul I will talk about teaching the Holocaust in Arab schools. For my MA thesis at Haifa University, I researched how Holocaust discourse is established in Arabic […]

Panel 2: Learning Multiculturalism and Multinationalism


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In partnership with the Jerusalem Municipality Education Department (November 16 2016) Chair: Tzachi Golan, Youth Development Division manager; Renan Alian, Director of Educational Welfare in East Jerusalem, Jerusalem municipality; Ornit Ben Yashar, CEO, Machshava Tova; Assaf Nahari, Keshet Center Team, Youth Development Division, Jerusalem Municipality; Ann Levi, Projects Team, Youth Development Division, Jerusalem Municipality; Yakov Cheshin, Keshet Religious Team, Youth Development Division, Jerusalem Municipality Tzachi Golan The Youth Development Division of Jerusalem Municipality serves young people aged 14-26 which are at-risk to varying degrees. We work throughout Jerusalem, with all segments of the population. Our goal is to help the youth change their lives for the better and help them integrate into society. I will start with general information. There […]

Panel 1: Teenage Challenges in Mixed Cities