November 19-21, 2013, at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem

* With the exception of two keynote lectures, the program plenaries will be held in Hebrew, with simultaneous translation into Arabic.

Festive Opening – Tuesday, November 19th



Mark Sofer, President, The Jerusalem Foundation

Nadim Shiban, Chair of the organizing committee

Dr. Uki Maroshek Klarman, Academic Director, Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace;

Meir Kraus, Director, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

Guest lecture:

Justice (Emerita) Dalia Dorner, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel

Moderator: Uri Dromi, Director General, the Jerusalem Press Club – JPC

Musical Performance:

Trio Transit – Mira Awad, Joca Perpignan, Marck Kakon

Wednesday, November 20th

First Plenary: Representativeness in Mixed Cities

Chair: Prof. Nisim Mizrahi, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University – On Borders and Border-Crossing in the Shared Public Space.


Leah Shakdiel, Sapir College;

Jafar Farah, DirectorMusawa – Appropriate Representation for the Arab Population;

Prof. David Heyd,  Professor of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Fair Representation: Majority Vote vs. Lottery Vote.

11:30-12:00     Break
Second Plenary: Political Culture, Commerce and the Economy in Mixed Cities

Chair: Dr. Asmahan Masry-Herzalla,The College for Academic Studies, Or-Yehuda –  Internal Migration of Palestinian Israeli Families


Dr. Isaac Dahan, Achva College and Ben-Gurion University – Local Leadership in Mixed cities;

Noa Kaufman, Coordinator for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Workers, Kav LaOved – Asylum Seekers’ Work Conditions, Status, and Impact on their Environment;

Mike Prashker, Director, Merchavim –  Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel – Project for the Integration of Teachers of Arabic into Jewish Schools;

Rabbi Bezalel Cohen, head of an Ultra-Orthodox high-school yeshiva – Employment in the Haredi Sector.

13:30-14:30     Lunch break (restaurant available on premises)
Third Plenary: Culture and the Arts in Mixed Cities

Chair:Eyal Sher, Director, Arts & Culture Department, The Jerusalem Foundation – Inter-communal Art Creation in Jerusalem;


Dr. Tal Ben Zvi, Vice-president of Bezalel – Contemporary Art in the Mixed Seaport Cities: Haifa and Jaffa;

Marlyn Vinig, Phd. candidate, Researcher of Haredi Cinema in Israel, Bar Ilan University – Culture and Involvement: The Haredi Spectrum;

Dafna Lichtman, Director, Cultural Center for Work Immigrants in South Tel Aviv – The Library as a Cultural Center: For Work Immigrants Only?

Muhammad Jabali,  Coordinator of The Jaffa Project – Autobiography of a City, by the Ayam association

16:00-16:30     Break
Fourth Plenary: Sport in a Mixed City

Chair: Dror Rubin, Director, Sports Department at Gevim – Conflict Resolution in Israeli Football


Judge (ret.) Amnon Straschnov, Former Chairman, Council for the Prevention of Violence in Sports – The War on Violence and Racism in Sports;

Zoheir Bahalul, sports broadcaster and journalist;

Munder Khalaila, Spokesperson of Bnei Sakhnin FC;

Orna Ostfeld, Founder and coach of the Ramat HaSharon women’s basketball  team – Chronicle of a Struggle for Equality of Opportunity for Women and Girls in Sports.

18:00-18:15     Break

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Bruno Coppieters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Organization of Marathons in Divided Cities: A Comparative Analysis (in English)

Thursday, November 21st


Keynote lecture: Prof. Madeleine Leonard, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University, Belfast

Bringing Down the Walls: Young People’s Perspectives on Peace-walls in Belfast (in English)

Fifth Plenary: Youth in Mixed Cities

Chair:Dr. Uki Maroshek, Academic Director, Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace – Educating against Racism


Dr. Zvi Bekerman, School of Education at Melton Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Bilingual Schools: Research and Findings;

Attorney Lana Warwar,  Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Accessibility to Legal Services of Children and Youth at Risk in Mixed Cities;

Anat (Aynitu) Atalay, Director of Higher Education for Youth at HaGag Youth Center in Netanya and Youth Coordinator at Kidum Noar, Netanya – Ethiopian Immigrant Youth: Belongingness, Definitions and Labeling.

12:00-12:30     Break
Sixth Plenary: “Providing Service” – Municipal Services in Mixed Cities

Chair: Dr. Hagit Peres, Ashkelon Academic College


Attorney Orly Erez-Likhovski, Israel Religious Action Center – Women’s Rights in Mixed Cities: Beit Shemesh as a Case Study;

Attorney Gil Gan Mor, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel – The Right for Housing and Education;

Liana Nabeel, Projects Director, Jerusalem Inter-cultural Center – MiniActive in a Mixed City: Challenges and Barriers.

14:00-15:00     Lunch break (restaurant available on premises)
Seventh Plenary: Sustainability and Environment in Mixed Cities

Chair: Valerie Brachia, Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Planning at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary College Herzliya, and a research associate at Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies – Environmental and Economic Changes in Urban Localities


M.K. Dr. Dov Khenin, Chairperson of the Knesset’s social-environmental lobby – The Effects of Environmental Hazards on the Health of Children; 

Dr. Yodan Rofe, Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University – How Urbanism Supports Diversity, and Why Diversity Is Essential for Sustainable Urbanism;

Najwa Farhat, Director of Ahmed Sameh Boys Middle School Abu Tor – Sustainability at School;

Tsah Yahav, Manager of Educational & Coexistence Programs, The Jerusalem Foundation – Rainwater Catchment Systems: Education for Sustainability at School.

16:30-17:00     Break


Closing Plenary: Conflict Resolution in Mixed Cities – Acre

In memory of Prof. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov, former Director of Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

Chairs: Prof. Yitzhak Reiter and Lior Lehrs, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies


Abbas Zakur, former M.K.;

Yossi Pitusi, member of the Keshet Group in Acre (formerly a community center director and council member and currently);

Sabaa Sayed, Deputy Head of the Local Education Authority for the Promotion of the Arab Education System in Acre.

Accompanying the conference:

In parallel to the conference, a special film-screening program will take place at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, focusing on films dealing with mixed cities and multiculturalism. The films will reflect the topics discussed in the plenaries throughout the conference.