27.10.2016 Merchavim receives its second USAID Conflict Mitigation and Management Grant!
We are pleased to announce that Merchavim was awarded a grant (Sept. 27th 2016) for the Arab Teacher Integration in Jewish Schools program 2016-2017. The grant was officially singed by Esti Halperin, Executive Director Merchavim and Roi Maor, Deputy Executive Director, at a CMM Partners Lunch sponsored by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section. The event was hosted by Thomas Genton, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs, and featured special guest Todd Holmstrom, a senior career member of the U.S. Foreign Service who currently serves as the Israel & Palestine (IPA) Director for Near Eastern Affairs.
The CMM grant will provide resources to continue working towards greater diversity in the Jewish school system and will build social cohesion towards a better Israel for all citizens.
06.01.2016 The Ministry of Education and Merchavim promote the integration of excellent Arab teachers of English, math and science in Jewish schools (Hebrew social media campaign).
18.11.2015 Merchavim’s Executive Director, Esti Halperin, participated in a fascinating tour with the Living Future! – The Future Forum’s Anniversary Project ( Deutsch-Israelisches Zukunfts) forum group (Germany) of Rahat, Lakiya and Bir Almsas an unrecognized Bedouin village. Esti was amazed and moved by the outstanding people/women the group met. These women are empowered and through their hard work, and sheer will power, they promote the Bedouin culture in the Negev. Huge appreciate for this successful day and tour to Jamal Alkirnawi, Hadra Alsani, Amal Alalnsasrh and Basma.
Jamal is the founder of A New Dawn in the Negev, Hadra a member of the group who established Sidreh Lakiya Negev to empower Bedouin women, and co-directors Amal and Basma who provide Bedouin hospitality and incredibly delicious catering to the group visiting Bir Almsas.
27.10.2015 Teachers and kids in the Merchavim “Let’s Talk” program – solidarity
14/10/2015 Roi Maor, Merchavim’s Deputy Executive Director, spoke to students at the Hillel QC in Flushing, New York about shared citizenship and working towards social cohesion in Israel.
11/10/2015 During these troubled times there are still very positive things happening. Arab and Jewish parents from two schools – Democratic Kfar Saba and the Almg’d middle school in Taybeh – are working cooperatively in a group under the guidance of Libby Levine and Raghda Elnabilsy, both Merchavim Institute facilitators of shared citizenship.
The process, that the parents are participating in, is part of a broader process lead by the two schools’ principals Tomer and Wajih as part of the experimental school for coexistence.
We send our best wishes and encouragement to these parents and all believers in social cohesion – may we all go from strength to strength..