Task Force Activities
Samah Salaime and Lihi Joffe of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the intentional Jewish-Arab community in Israel, will speak at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, CA about their commitment to raise their families in a shared community, give an inside view into the realities of Jewish-Arab relations, and share their perspectives on the main challenges and prospects for Jewish-Arab relations in Israel today. Both are also feminist activists and change-makers and will explore the role of women in these efforts. Rabbi Lavey Derby of the PJCC will moderate the talk.
As a new school year begins, so do many Shared Life Education (SLE) programs that promote encounters, dialogue and cross-cultural education between Jewish and Arab students and teachers. The past year saw the expansion of veteran programs and new initiatives taking root. Numerous civil society organizations have brought innovative and engaging ideas to the Ministry of Education, which has approved many of their SLE programs and in some cases, provides them with financial and administrative support and has expanded certain programs throughout the country. This post includes detailed updates, below, on some of the major SLE programs currently running.
While rising rates of violent crime are a topmost concern for Arab citizens, effective law enforcement and policing in Arab communities continues to be a challenge. This past July, the government announced a plan to target organized crime in Arab society, a move welcome by civil society organizations that have been urging better police relations with and services to Arab citizens.
Please join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Greater Washington Forum on Arab Israeli Issues for a special briefing about the challenges, opportunities, and changing realities of Israel's Bedouin community, featuring Yariv Man of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture, and Ibrahim Nsasra, social economic entrepreneur in the Negev.
Friday, September 13
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Kosher breakfast will be served.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center
6101 Executive Boulevard
North Bethesda, MD 20814
This event is free to attend.
Parking available on-site.
Contact the Task Force for more information about speakers coming to the US.
Join the Task Force on December 16 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm for a day of shared learning and discussion about the status of Jewish-Arab and state-minority relations following Israel's back-to-back elections and their relevance to American Jewish discourse on Israel.