More educators helping
Jews, Muslims, Christians learn together
Thursday, 04 January 2007
"People dont get along because they fear each other.
People fear each other because they dont know each other.
They dont know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other."
These three Stories are about a
new quality of communication and education.
Enact, encourage and support these kinds of human endeavors however you can.
Jewish, Muslim and Christian
Middle school youth in
Students from three schools -- Muslim, Jewish and Christian -- each year are invited to write about their worries, views of conflicts, closing distances between people, ending war and building a future together.
A writing competition is sponsored by The Olive Trees Foundation -- http://olivetreesfoundation.org/ .
These Christians, Muslims and Jews based in
The group has accomplished all this since its birth in 2003, as their response to global violence.
Past years' contests requested essays and poetry. This year the youth will be asked for short stories.
The papers are read aloud, students affirmed, and prizes awarded at a closing ceremony.
Request more information from Louise Franklin Sheehy ( LFSheehy@aol.com ).
Read some essays written by students at:
Scholars communicate and learn
between Palestine, Israel, U.S.
LIVING JERUSALEM has brought together scholars, students, and community leaders from Israel,
They addressed the convergence of international security and cultural identity in
Educator-participant Galit Hasan-Rokem described it as "an exciting cooperation between:
Galit said: "We co-taught by video-conferencing, blogs and website a course on the folklore of Jerusalem.
"It was amazing and exciting but also painful that sometimes due to the Wall of Separation.
"The two kilometers between our two
"On the other hand we also experienced how modern media, if combined with a lot of good will and some daring, can build bridges."
The "daring" and much of the vision of LIVING JERUSALEM came from educator Amy Horowitz of
This project has been Amy's my dream since 1991, when she championed the idea at the
That year in the early '90s, an event that captured her imagination a continent away was the historic 1991 "Building A Common Future"
conference of Israeli and Palestinian citizen-leaders in the
She was inspired from a distance by the relationship-building, then creativity, of those Palestinians and Israelis who that week wrote and
signed the landmark FRAMEWORK FOR A PUBLIC PEACE PROCESS.
It called for citizen engagement, if an authentic peace process was to succeed.
Horowitz spoke about the basis for her LIVING JERUSALEM project.
"The principle is this: beyond treaties and political arguments is something deeper.
"It is learning about the culture -- the people and daily lives -- of each other.
"This is the forgotten, untapped resource for dialogue.
"What do we sing, cook with, pray, laugh, cry, and dream about?
"What are our healing practices?"
This November, 2006, participants convened to discuss sustained activity -- a cooperative book, as well as the continuation of this teaching
To learn more, you contact Amy Horowitz ( Horowitz.firstname.lastname@example.org ), Faculty of the
and Jewish professors
share teaching a class
This story about an innovative university teaching model is exactly one year old.
Convincing is today's e-mail about its continuity, from one of the creators and instructors, Shai Feldman (SFeldman@brandeis.edu ) .
"We just completed teaching the course again this fall (2006) and we expect to teach it for the third time during the fall of 2007."
Jewish Week (
A team-taught course at Brandeis by three scholars Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian
bucks a trend and offers a lesson in how to discuss the thorny conflict.
Farrah Bdour couldnt have been more skeptical when she stepped into the Conflict and Peacemaking in the
The 14-week seminar, what may have been the first of its kind in the country, brought a trio of Middle East scholars one Israeli, one Palestinian and one Egyptian here to
Bdour, a junior from
We all shared a lot of myths about the different wars, and for the most part, we came in with different views, Bdour said of the 23 students in the class. But she said she came away feeling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be analyzed and resolved. We all came with certain attachments to the region, but this taught us to think in more depth.
I can honestly say it could not get any more balanced, Bdour said.
At a time when
Said Aly, who has written extensively about the Arab world in both English and Arabic, is director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, a prestigious think tank, and the largest in the Arab world; (Khalil) Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, has conducted more than 100 public opinion polls among Palestinians since 1993.
Steven Bayme, director of contemporary Jewish life for the American Jewish Committee. . . praised the goals of the Brandeis course as the most effective antidote to increased politicization of the subject matter.
In fact, Shikaki wrote that his center and
Said Aly wrote in a follow-up e-mail We developed with the students how an Israeli and an Arab are capable of developing a better understanding of highly complicated historical, strategic and geopolitical narratives."