Environment and Open Spaces Based Dialogue Workshops


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