Shared Communities to Shared Society: Israeli Changemakers d...

Shared Communities to Shared Society: Israeli Changemakers discuss Jewish-Arab Relations | Oct. 23

Oct 23, 2019 7:30pm

How do Israel's Jewish-Arab relations look from the perspective of Israelis living in a shared, Jewish-Arab village? 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 about their commitment to live in a shared community, and what this model represents in terms of the realities and potential of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Both Samah and Lihi are also engaged in social change efforts outside the community, and will explore the role of women in these efforts. Rabbi Lavey Derby of the PJCC will moderate the talk.

Wednesday, October 23
7:30 - 9pm
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404
This event is free and open to the public


Samah Salaime is a member of Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom (WASNS), a social worker, community activist and feminist. She is the founder of AWC, Arab Women in the Center, an NGO which seeks to promote the status of women in the cities of Ramla, Lod and Jaffa and to combat gender-based violence against women, particularly in Arab society. In 2017 and 2018 Samah was chosen by the Israeli National Newspaper, "Yediot Achronot" as one of the 10 most influential social activists in Israel. She was awarded her B.A. and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from The Hebrew University. She is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. She is an accomplished journalist with articles published in Hebrew, Arabic and is a leading voice in Israel’s Arab community. She has served as WASNS Director of the Educational Institutions and Director of WASNS Communication and Development Department for the past two years. Most recently she organized an Arab Jewish demonstration against gender-based violence in Tel Aviv, which was attended by 30,000 people. This year Samah became the first Arab female to be elected to the local regional council.

Lihi Joffe, One of Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom's Newest Residents Lihi is one of the newest residents of the community and is a practicing dietician. She came to live in Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom (WASNS) with her partner just over a year ago and hasn’t looked back! Born in Jerusalem, Lihi spent 8 of her childhood years living in the US. She returned to Israel with her family, where she grew up close to Tel Aviv. As a student Lihi became involved in activities focusing on strengthening Jewish Arab relations. She created a Jewish-Arab student group working for tolerance on campus and a shared future. She has extensive experience working with young people and heads up the Nadi, the WASNS youth program. She focuses her energies on strengthening young people’s pride and connection to the village and the shared way of life their parents have chosen. Lihi’s vision includes preparing young people to become ambassadors for the community and opening the Nadi activities to Jews and Arabs from all over the country. Lihi has been a guest speaker at the UN, talking about the role of women in ending the conflict. She is a board member for the Coalition of Women for Peace, a Jewish Palestinian NGO.