LION OF JUDAH: The Beauty and Possibilities of a Shared Soci...

LION OF JUDAH: The Beauty and Possibilities of a Shared Society in Israel

Sep 8, 2014 10:45am

The Inter-Agency Task Force and JFNA's Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society invite you to a stimulating session on shared society in Israel at the 2014 Lion of Judah International Conference:

What could a “shared society” in Israel look like? In recent years, Jewish and Arab women have been taking the lead in educating young people in their communities about co-existing in a more inclusive, equal and cohesive way. 

Award-winning speakers Dr. Asmaa Ganayem and Hagit Damri bring professional expertise and a woman’s perspective to this discussion of innovative models for shared society education. In their upcoming session at the Lion of Judah International Conference, find out why these women look to education as a powerful vehicle for change and how they work with Israel’s Ministry of Education to forge connections among educators and students from socially disparate communities.

Moderated by Roni Rubenstein. 


About the speakers:

Dr. Asmaa Ganayem has taught at Al-Qasemi Academy (Teacher Education College) since 2000 and led its department for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) until 2013. She initiated and led diverse technological initiatives, conferences and multicultural activities at the Academy as well as at Arab schools, hospitals and at the Mofet Institute in Tel Aviv. Additionally Dr. Ganayem has been the co-manager of TEC Center at Mofet Institute since 2009. In 2010 she launched her own consulting and training business: S.E.T – Society, Education and Technology. She has worked with a number of prominent organizations among them: the Israeli Ministry of Education, Baqa Municipality and the Palestinian Ministry of Education. Dr. Ganayem completed her doctoral dissertation in the field of information society at the University of Haifa's Graduate School of Management. Her dissertation focused on Internet diffusion and adoption within Arab society in Israel. She received her BA in mathematics and computer science from the University of Haifa and her MA in computer science from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Hagit Damri is at the forefront of progressive education. During the years 2010-2014, when Hagit led the Hagar Association, she successfully developed it into one of the only Jewish-Arab progressive educational projects in Israel. The Association’s aim is to create diverse venues in which Jewish and Arab parents can raise a new generation of children immersed in peace. Currently more than 240 Arab and Jewish children in 10 different educational frameworks from daycare to elementary school are being taught there. Under Hagit's leadership, the organization built a Jewish-Arab pedagogical team that is now on the vanguard of progressive education in Israel. She also fostered a vibrant Jewish-Arab community and created a unique anthology of bilingual multicultural children's books. Driven by her passion and interest in culture and the role it plays within society, Hagit is now completing her Ph.D. in sociology and gender studies at Ben-Gurion University. 

About the moderator:

Roni Rubenstein has worked with minority populations in Israel as past chair of the Ethiopian Task Force and the Economic Empowerment Committee at UJA-Federation. She is also a former chair and current board member of the Baron de Hirsch Foundation. Additionally Roni sits on the alumni council of the Wexner Foundation and the boards of the Good People Fund and UJA-Federation. Professionally, Roni is an attorney, having worked in the private sector as a litigator at Shearman & Sterling and in the public sector as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.