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When Nadwa Jabar and her three children were violently attacked by racist thugs, she responded, “We must be ambassadors of peace. We can live together and do a lot to change this reality.” Nadwa teaches at the Primary School where, every day in every subject, Israeli Palestinian and Jewish children learn the art of living and learning together. When Nadwa, Principal Carmella Ferber and four Primary School teachers were invited to the Knesset for a special meeting on hate crimes and the promotion of bilingual education, Nadwa was invited to speak. Her public appeal to Israel’s leaders to address the violence and hate, along with the public recognition that Nad- wa and her three children were victims of terror, opens the door to empathy- the first step in building peace bridges. When the Italians looked for re- newed inspiration in doing the work of peace, they commemorated Fr. Bruno Hussar, the founder of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
The Italian Association for Jewish and Christian Friendship received hundreds of messages of peace from Italian students supporting their dedi- cation to the art of peace. NSWAS Primary School students reciprocated with their own messages of peace. It’s an international reminder to get focused on reaching ‘out and across’. It’s not easy to share a treasure, but 20 year veteran Primary School teacher Yasmin al-Kalek has been selected to serve as
Principal of the Orthodox School in Ramle. When Yasmin reflected on her time
at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, she noted that “..parents send their children for ideological reasons, to support the idea of peacebuilding and bilin- gualism, as well as to learn
about different religions and narratives. Our main challenge
is to go beyond simply educating children to coexist, and to get also the parents to participate in our special programs and social
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Answering violence with a commitment to peace!
Summer is the time for reflecting on what has gone well during the past year and preparing for work in the coming year, but at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, summer is still a time when the work of peace-building goes on. This remarkable community serves, not only as the place that houses the first bilingual, bicultural primary school in Israel, the ever-expanding School for Peace programs that crosses borders and boundaries with work that builds the future, the Spiritual Center that offers space to build tolerance, respect and a shared future among those who often have an unheard voice…it serves as Israel’s incubator for peace-building It is a living laboratory, 365 days a year, not only for the commu- nity’s long-term and evolving projects but for the wider Israeli society’s groups that want to hold their meetings in a place that inspires trust-building and reconciliation. Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam serves so many beyond the community’s borders that even the eco-tourism industry has found a way to bring hikers and bikers to the village for inspiration, for time to experience sitting in a café where Hebrew and Arabic are spoken interchangeably by everyone, children and adults. Like a breath of fresh air, or a drink of water, the village and programs of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam are available for teaching, learning, inspiration and experimentation every day, all year. Take a look at what happens in the quiet of the summer, when everyone is on vacation!
Summer in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: no one is resting here!
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Supporting a 60 year-old Bedouin village under threat of destruction sometimes means that School For Peace faculty and their children will establish a library in that village, offering encour- agement - a needed resource as a vision for a future. The village of Umm al-Hiran became a
living project in a School for Peace environmental justice course, which also connected w