A New Way brings together Arabs and Jews in Israel through joint activities for schoolchildren involving music, art, drama, science, and environmental studies. By teaching the children, and as a result their teachers, aarents, and communities, about each other’s cultures, A New Way reduces prejudice and stereotypes while promoting mutual respect, trust, and enrichment.
The Abraham Initiatives has been working for 30 years on modeling and building a Shared Society for Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Through local initiatives in education, police-community relations, leadership training, cultural competency on higher education campuses, Arabic language and culture courses in Pre-Army Leadership Academies and at media outlets across the country, we implement programs which can be evaluated, adopted and scaled by the State.
The Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace creates and runs educational programs to promote tolerance and respect, teach conflict resolution skills and strengthen democratic principles in Israel and the region. The Institute reaches out to Jews (religious and secular), Arabs, school children of all ages, teachers, new immigrants, veteran Israelis, women’s groups and community activists. Cross-border programs include dialogue seminars for Palestinian and Israeli educators, journalists and noung leaders.
Al Khaimah-The Association for Education and Development of the Bedouin Community believes that education is the backbone of Community Development. The aim of the organization is to strengthen the education and giving the younger generation tools to lead the community to a better life, improving both decision-making and social infrastructure for Bedouin women. At the same time Alkhaimah wants to keep the elderly generation’s respect for the Bedouin tradition and culture so that the younger generation will not forget their origin and history.
Al Karama Society is a Palestinian NGO dedicated to working with children, youth and families in the community. It promotes peaceful conflict resolution, tolerance, interfaith dialogue and a strong civil society through sports and other activities.
Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)* is a global membership association of more than seventy peacebuilding organizations, 1,000 professionals, and a network of more than 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments around the world.
Al-Manarah empowers Arab persons with disabilities to set their own agenda of self-actualization, realize their full potential, and contribute within a vibrant community of capable and determined peers. Al-Manarah’s rights-based approach engenders self-awareness and personal agency among Arab persons with disabilities and their families, while engaging a wider community of non-disabled stakeholders to engender equality, inclusivity and solidarity in Israel and throughout the Arab world.
The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation-Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (AJEEC-NISPED), an affiliate of the Negev College, focuses on promoting peace and development through a number of civil society programs. Our activities include cross-border projects with Palestinians, Jewish-Arab partnerships, economic development and community empowerment of Arab Bedouin, training and education to promote entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, cooperatives and people-centered enterprises.
Established in 1993, the Arab-Jewish Community Center, Jaffa, fosters better understanding, tolerance, and democratic values among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations in Jaffa while preserving ethnic, religious and national identities. The Center provides the community with a wide variety of programs, ranging from social welfare and assistance to families in need, to educational programs, empowerment initiatives, multi-cultural events and celebrations.
At the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Jewish and Arab university and graduate students cross political boundaries to conduct joint research on environmental and natural resource matters. Living and studying together, they also explore and learn about their respective cultures, building peace and a sustainable environment.
The Arava Valley of Peace initiative brings together youth from Israel, Palestine, the Middle East and Europe for a course focused on the desert, bridging between societies and cultures in the Middle East. Students and teachers explore the desert and Middle East from various perspectives — history, archeology, culture, geography, zoology, botany – and participate in environmental and sustainability projects.
The Artsbridge Institute utilizes collaborative art making and reflective dialogue to build lasting relationships between youth caught on either side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We provide a safe environment, which cultivates creativity, voice, respectful listening and dialogue, empowering today’s youth to become leaders in the quest for peace in and between their own communities.
Auburn Seminary is an institute for religious leadership that faces the challenges of our fragmented, complex, and violent time. We envision religion as a catalyst and resource for a new world—one in which difference is celebrated, abundance is shared, and people are hopeful, working for a future that is better than today.
Budo for Peace (BFP) is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds. The innovative tri-lingual educational program, developed by pedagogical educators and martial arts teachers, fosters unity, leadership & promotes and instills core values.
Build Israel Palestine (BIP) is a community of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the United States committed to helping people on the ground in Israel and Palestine through cross-border water projects by partnering with locals in Israel and Palestine.
Catchball Friendship League is a sports and social league that empowers women and creates dialogue for a more tolerant society. The organization creates encounters aimed at bringing together girls and women in various communities and builds bridges between their cultures and faiths through sport, dance, and art.
Center for Education Technology (CET) empowers educational systems around the globe through sharing our knowledge and expertise to create the learning environments of the future. CET’s approach to innovation has always been to harmonize pedagogical needs with the evolution of new technology. Instead of ‘pushing’ technology onto the education system, we work closely with education stakeholders to ensure that technology and digital content best serve their teaching and learning needs.The Center for Educational Technology is a nonprofit organization.
The Centre for Humanistic Education (CHE) at the Ghetto Fighters’ House (GFM): The CHE engages high-school students and teachers from the Arab and Jewish sectors in an examination of connections between the Holocaust, personal and social morals, and implications for present Israeli society. The CHE educational process progresses from an in-depth study of the universal implications of the Holocaust to an intensive multi-cultural Jewish-Arab humanistic-democratic dialogue. Programs include Holocaust education, a moral education, citizenship education, and peace-education through intergroup dialogue.
Center for Israel Studies – Jordan Jordanian organization dedicated to the study of Israeli politics, society, economy, and military. Founded in 2014, CIS works to build a multifaceted field of Israel studies in Jordan and expand the opportunities for a deeper understanding of Israel in all Arab states.
The Center for Religious Tolerance promotes peace and social justice through dialogue among the world’s religions and through spiritually-based interfaith activities. CRT sponsors a variety of interfaith peace building activities in the U.S., Israel, and Palestine, with a particular emphasis on the role of women of faith in building conditions for sustainable peace. We develop and evaluate peace building models, connect local and global peacemakers, and provide financial, administrative and technical support to individuals doing grassroots peace work.
Challenge is a non-partisan civilian think & do-tank addressing the different internal and external tensions that exist in the Israeli society in innovative and creative ways. In Challenge, we acknowledge the complexity of conflicts and the intertwined nature of their different components (security, socio-economic, cultural, religious, etc.).
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) works to mobilize US Christians to embrace a holistic perspective and to be advocates of equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people of the Middle East. CMEP is a coalition of 28 national Church denominations and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions.
Circle of Health International empowers women’s health care providers in crisis settings. COHI partners with small, grassroots women’s organizations to provide technical assistance and clinical skills, and enhance organizational capacity. Its women’s health project brings together midwives from both sides of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict to share their commitment to their profession and to peace. Among other activities, they conduct shared training and advocate for their profession.
CISEPO – Canada International Scientific Exchange Program is a registered charitable organization that promotes international cooperation and development, especially in regions experiencing conflict and disparities. We accomplish this through joint activities and programs that advance health education, health care, public health, health systems, scientific exchange and research. Our model is based on the Health as a Bridge to Peace concept adopted by the World Health Organization.
Citizen’s Accord Forum was established to build a just, equal and stable relationship among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Supporting citizen activists and government leaders, CAF bridges the gaps between these communities and strives to improve the status of Israel’s Arab citizens through advocacy, education, local & community development, media and networking.
Citizen Diplomacy Initiatives exists to encourage American, Israeli and Palestinian people to acquire a consciousness and understanding of one another as individuals, as members of their communities, as citizens of their countries and as part of the family of nations, through the formation of three-way sister city relationships.
The Combatants for Peace movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to put down our guns, and to fight for peace.
The Compassionate Listening Project teaches conflict resolution and reconciliation skills for resolving conflict at all levels – from personal to global. The Project has ushered nearly 500 American citizens and leaders to Israel and Palestine to listen to the grievances, hopes and dreams of people on all sides of the conflict, and brings them together for trainings and events to re-humanize the other. Certification training for Israeli and Palestinian facilitators will be offered in 2006.
Creativity for Peace prepares the next generation of female leaders in Palestine and Israel. Since 2003, 207 young women have participated, beginning with a three-week summer program in Santa Fe, New Mexico where dialogue and art-making are the primary means of sharing experiences of life in the conflict, developing compassion, and learning to work together towards a common goal. The program continues year-round in Israel and the West Bank with many types of gatherings and trainings. Forty young leaders receive intensive emotional and practical leadership skills. Creativity for Peace’s distinguishing characteristics include its focus on women, cross-border work, and on leading in partnership as well as the depth and longevity of participation by its alumnae.
Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) brings together Israeli Jews and Arabs, Palestinians and international students from across national and cultural divides for a life-changing high school experience. A non-profit founded in 2014, EMIS is home to 190 students. 20% are Israeli Jews and Arab, 20% come from Arab and Muslim nations and 60% hail from 40 other countries around the world. Each brings their own identity and perspective and together they weave a colourful tapestry that welcomes difference while finding common ground. Students live and learn, together for two years in a vibrant community that celebrates pluralism, nurtures entrepreneurship and fosters outstanding academic skills. EMIS offers students several academic tracks to pave their way to the best of higher education.
EcoPeace—Friends of the Earth Middle East is at the forefront of the environmental peacemaking movement. As a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists, its primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage. In so doing, it seeks to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.
Economic Cooperation Foundation ECF is an Israeli policy planning think-tank dedicated to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian two state solution; to promote peace, security and prosperity for Israel and its Arab neighbors; and to promote Middle East regional stability.
Ein Bustan is an educational initiative and Jewish/Arab kindergarten, bridging the gap between the Arab and Jewish population through a joint, multi-cultural educational setting based on the Waldorf approach. This approach emphasizes humanistic values, social responsibility, nature, the arts, and music. Utilizing this method, Ein Bustan facilitates and fosters true friendship, trust, and a shared culture and language between Jewish and Arab children.
The Embodying Peace collective streamlines the process for internationals to directly engage with grassroots efforts in Israel-Palestine in order to empower peace. Their core project, the Embodying Peace platform, provides pathways to deliver greater capacity-building support from abroad to on the ground efforts. The other side of their work encompasses the development of a peace curriculum centered around profiles of peacebuilding organizations.
Freddie Krivine Foundation The Foundation was created in 1998 to promote co-existence and equal opportunity in Israel through tennis. Today it continues to encourage Jewish and Arab children to play tennis in a variety of programmes across the country, with new projects opening every year. We now manage eight tennis schools and a growing number of Jewish/Arab tennis programmes during the school curriculum. More and more Arab and mixed Jewish/Arab teams of children compete in regional and national junior tennis tournaments, winning medals and making new friends. We provide grants for young Arab players to become professional tennis coaches, and offer travel and coaching grants to young players showing potential.
Friends Forever promotes trust and understanding among cultures in conflict on both local and domestic levels. The mission is accomplished through original and powerful group programs. Through these trust-building processes, Friends Forever erodes the fear and mistrust that divide cultures in conflict to create enduring cross-community friendships.
At Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, each year over 50,000 people from Israel and abroad participate in courses, conferences, and projects addressing coexistence and reconciliation. These programs educate Jews and Arabs about each other’s cultures, creating dialogue among students and teachers.
Hand in Hand is a growing network of bilingual and multicultural accredited public schools for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, educating the next generation, from kindergarten through high school, who will create a more democratic, secure, and peaceful future. Its far-reaching impact extends to government leadership, communities, and educators across the country. Its award-winning schools in Jerusalem, the Galilee, and Wadi Ara focus on academic excellence, and its pioneering curriculum fosters mutual understanding as well as pride in one’s heritage.
Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization developing peacebuilding and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.
Through Healing Across the Divides, American medical professionals bring together and assist their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts in creating bridge-building programs that improve the health of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Heartbeat Jerusalem uses music’s power to build trust between Israeli and Palestinian youth. Under a Fulbright-MTVu grant, Heartbeat first convened a group of outstanding teenage musicians for a weekly musical-dialogue. By listening, playing and writing music together, the students learn about each other’s communities, histories, political views, identities, and hopes and develop tools for self-expression and social change. Heartbeat is working to include many more musicians, open a music studio in Jerusalem, and organize a series of community-wide events for Israelis and Palestinians to share music, build understanding and increase mutual trust.
The Holy Land Trust exists to lead in creating an environment that fosters understanding, healing, transformation, and empowerment of individuals and communities, locally and globally, to address core challenges that are preventing the achievement of a true and just peace in the Holy Land.
House of Hope nurtures the wellbeing of young Palestinian children caught in the crosshairs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A leader in the movement for trauma-informed education in the West Bank, House of Hope operates a holistically-minded kindergarten and elementary school for young children experiencing cyclical regional violence and household poverty. House of Hope students learn healthy skills for coping with toxic stress, such as art and music expression, therapeutic body movement and Nonviolent Communication, a healing approach to conflict resolution and communication.
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development works to catalyze a transition to a sustainable human society through the active leadership of faith communities. ICSD promotes and manifests an inter-religious vision for environmental sustainability by encouraging the cooperation and training of religious leaders, teachers, and communities on ecological issues.
The Interfaith Encounter Association promotes peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study – making religion part of the solution to conflicts in the region and beyond.
The International Center for Conciliation helps divided communities unfold their painful past and construct a shared future that is peaceful, productive, and prosperous. ICfC’s methodology addresses the uneasy heritage of conflict through training, mediation, and participatory community development. We have implemented change and train people in historical conciliation in Israel, Cambodia, India, Japan and Korea, Western Europe, and the United States.
The International Center for Contemporary Education is an American NGO dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and democratic values. It works in partnership with Middle East governments, ministries of education, schools and community leaders to develop youth, who respect diversity, embrace social responsibility, and who are skilled in conflict resolution, critical thinking and dialogue. ICCE programs include teacher training courses and youth programs for Palestinians and Israelis.
Israel-Palestine: Regional Creative Initiative Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), founded in Jerusalem in 1988, is the only joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank in the world. Devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, IPCRI promotes dialogue at various levels between the Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, including through active information activities and joint Israeli-Palestinian forums.
The Israel-Palestinian Cooperative for Economic Expansion is a US-based, 501 (C)(3), non-profit organization incorporated in 2011 to foster co-existence through pragmatic cross-border activities between Israel and Palestinians living in the West Bank.IPCEE believes its activities can help transform existing Israeli-Palestinian attitudes of conflict and mutual distrust, into attitudes of constructive engagement, through activities that promote social and economic development. IPCEE believes that improved healthcare protects our core assets: the family and the communities in which we live. IPCEE has developed an initial model Healthcare Initiative whose aim is to increase healthcare capacity and delivery to world-class standards within the West Bank, while improving healthcare for the underserved and reducing the reliance on Israeli medical facilities.
The Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization capitalizes on the universal nature of science to promote dialogue, openness, and mutual respect. It does so by funding high quality proposals submitted jointly by Israeli and Palestinian scientists and scholars who want to work together in the region. Projects are generally for three years and cost about $100,000 per year. IPSO has received more than 100 proposals over the last three years. It has funded 10 projects to date and is now seeking the additional financial support for more than a dozen additional very worthy, peer reviewed projects.
IT Works provides economically disenfranchised populations throughout Israel with technical training, professional skills and job placement support, helping them launch a career in Israel’s thriving hi-tech and communications industries. ITworks’ mission is to impact Israel’s employment map by closing the job placement and income gaps between social and ethnic groups, genders and Israel’s thriving center and flagging periphery. The organization’s programs promote personal empowerment and professional change through quality technological employment, while enabling the hi-tech boom to benefit all sectors of society.
The Jerusalem International YMCA offers a host of programs which bring together Arab and Jewish children and adults to learn about each other’s cultures, languages, and religions. The YMCA fosters tolerance and understanding through youth leadership programs, pre-school, and other intellectual, physical, and social activities. JIY’s signature program is Moderate Voices for Progress, a nine-month young adult program of training in conflict transformation skills and community building.
Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) is an interfaith, non-profit organization with a mission to create a better future for humanity across religions, cultures, and nationalities. Integral to that mission is the belief that the future of Jerusalem is the future of the world. To that end, JPB promotes transformational, person-to-person encounters among the peoples of Jerusalem, the United States, and the Holy Land. JPB’s interfaith programs focus on uniting Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans and providing them with the opportunities, relationships, and skills they need to become future leaders for peace in the global community. A passion for peace drives our mission and partnerships power our program.
At the Sir Charles Clore Jewish-Arab Community Center in Acre, our goal is twofold: we work to administer a wide range of activities for a population for whom there are few, if any, other informal educational, leisure or community services, while bridging the gap between Acre’s Jewish and Arab communities.
Kaleidoscope is an educational approach that was developed by The Rosh Pina Mainstreaming Network is to help educators, students of all ages and parents to develop: respect for diversity, pro-social behaviors, ethical values ,appreciation for their roles of citizens, and academic success.
Kav Mashve promotes the successful integration of Arab professionals in the Israeli business sector, in positions that are commensurate with their skills and education. Our mission is to promote a more equal and just shared society by increasing the presence of talented Arab professionals in Israeli companies. We run various leadership, guidance and training programs from high school through university and into their professional business employment. In addition, we work with employers to promote cultural sensitivity and raise awareness of the benefits of a diverse workforce.
Kids4Peace is a global movement of youth and families, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Kids4Peace operates international summer camps, leadership programs and a six-year, year-round program for more than 500 Palestinian, Israeli and North American youth.
MAARAG: The Association for Advancement of Education in a Multicultural Society works to promote intercultural understanding by providing northern Israel’s Jewish and Arab local governments, schools, and communities with the necessary tools and skills to build a sense of shared citizenship among their diverse, often conflict-ridden communities.
The Masar Center’s mission is to foster understanding and cooperation between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East by designing and executing projects on the people-to-people level. Especially through its focus on youth, Masar works to create an infrastructure to support future peacemaking and peace-building in the Middle East.
MEPEACE is a non-profit organization, which aims to foster a growing community of peacemakers. Its peacemakers, from 175 countries, are committed to realizing peace in the Middle East through online and on the ground efforts. Online, its web platform enables individuals and organizations to share information through photos, videos, blogs, discussions and groups. On the ground, MEPEACE creates community-building encounters, provides activist leadership training, and offers technology consulting to other organizations. Ha’aretz has called MEPEACE.org the “Facebook of Peace.”
Merchavim the Institute for Shared Citizenship in Israel, is an educational institute working towards building and deepening understanding and cooperation. Merachim works to equip young Israelis of all backgrounds to build a shared future by learning about their fellow citizens, appreciating the diversity of Israeli society, and working together to make their classrooms, schools, and communities equally beneficial and fair for all.
The Middle East Peace Dialogue Network is dedicated to the promotion of a comprehensive Regional Peace Plan based on the Geneva Accords. It supports joint Israeli/Palestinian dialogue groups, reconciliation, and tolerance activities and programs for peaceful coexistence.
Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) is an innovative educational program in partnership with MIT, which is bringing together the next generation of Israeli and Palestinian young leaders through technology and entrepreneurship to take action towards creating positive social and political change in their communities. In collaboration with MIT, we developed a three-year student program and an ongoing alumni network that cultivate critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills applied in real-world technology and entrepreneurship ventures.
Morashtenu (Our Heritage) is an NGO of the Russian-speaking Israelis which acts for the purpose of building in our country civil society based on democracy, justice and tolerance, with equal rights for all its citizens. On this premise we aspire to the Russian-speaking community which will be open and pluralistic, which will adopt the values of social justice and solidarity and will take active part in the public life of our state.
Music in Common (MiC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen, empower, and educate communities through the universal language of music.By producing publicly accessible concerts, school programs, and multimedia productions with an interest in underserved communities and communities in conflict, Music in Common (MiC) provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaborations that can lead to positive social change.
The Near East Foundation (NEF) helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development. Our work is based on a conviction that, to play an active role in the development of their communities and countries, people need opportunities and tools: the knowledge to participate in civic and economic life, a voice in public decisions that affect their wellbeing, and a means of making a meaningful living. We call this approach “Knowledge, Voice, and Enterprise” – a philosophy reflected in all of NEF’s work. For nearly 100 years, the Near East Foundation has pioneered innovative solutions to social and economic development challenges impacting communities throughout the Middle East and Africa. Headquartered on the campus of our strategic partner Syracuse University, NEF is an operational non-governmental organization (NGO) with current programs in nine countries: Armenia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, and Sudan.
Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam, located in the center of Israel, is the “Oasis of Peace,” the only community where Jewish and Palestinian families, all with Israeli citizenship, have lived, worked and educated their children together for more than 25 years. The community operates the first ever bilingual, binational primary school in the region where children learn together in both Arabic and Hebrew. Over 35,000 young people and adults have studied conflict management at the community’s School for Peace.
A New Dawn in the Negev is an organization founded in 2009 whose goal is to elevate educational standards in the Negev with a strong emphasis on the Bedouin community. Our work focuses on addressing the social and cultural isolation experienced by Bedouin youth and creating new opportunities for young people from both Jewish and Bedouin backgrounds in order to expand their horizons. At its core, A New Dawn is a Bedouin-Jewish organization that seeks to promote equality, coexistence and peace among all residents of the Negev.
New Story Leadership Inc. (NSL) is an American based 501(c)3 charity. Founded in 2009 NSL selects young emerging Israeli and Palestinian leaders and trains them into a team ready to help build a better future for their two communities. Ten students, five from Israel and five from Palestine, come to Washington DC every summer for an intensive program of workshops, conferences, seminars, professional work exposure, cultural immersion and team training. Their learning is focused on acquiring a 21st century skill-set to become social entrepreneurs. In the course of the program, students develop Projects for Change that they intend to implement when they return home. In this way, NSL gives students a chance to apply what they learn and builds the momentum for change on the ground.
Nurses in the Middle East United in Human Caring promote the practice and application of Caring Science/Caring theory: translating theory into concrete, ethically-grounded, evidence-based approaches for self and others. We seek to encourage nurses to be ambassadors of caring and through patient care, create communities of compassion & understanding. While our political systems have built borders and checkpoints, we insure that care has no boundaries and carries no identification card.
Open House is a center for Jewish-Arab peace education established in 1991 in Ramle, Israel. Open House/Ramle sponsors a Center for the Development of the Arab Child, including an affirmative action nursery school for 2- and 3-year-olds, along with a Center for Jewish-Arab Coexistence and Reconciliation, which organizes various activities for youth and adults from both communities, including an annual Summer Peace Camp.
Ossim Shalom – Social Workers for Peace and Social Welfare is a professional nonpartisan, non-governmental organization with 1,200 members, Jewish and Arab social workers from all over Israel. As a role model Ossim Shalom has two chairperson, one Arab and one Jewish. Founded in 1991, Ossim shalom strives toward peace, increased social welfare, and social justice in Israel. Ossim shalom focuses its activities on two main directions: (1) Peace and social justice oriented activities. (2) Social change activities aiming at bridging the social gaps in Israeli society, empowering Arab communities in Israel, creating sustainable, lasting change in the social environment, based on reciprocal acknowledgment, acceptance, and mutual respect within a democratic civil society. In order to achieve these goals, Ossim Shalom has developed professional projects and models of work.
Our Generation Speaks is a leadership program and social enterprise incubator that brings together young Israeli and Palestinian change agents to launch social impact ventures in the region. The program establishes a set of innovative, impactful, scalable enterprises that generate significant social value, while creating a cohort of young community leaders to cooperate across ethnic and political lines to build a shared future for the region.
Palestine Agency for Food and Agriculture (PAFA): The PAFA runs agricultural, cabinetry (to support the disabled in Gaza) and educational programs in Ramallah and Bethlehem, with an emphasis on rural women and the empowerment of women.
Panorama – the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development contributes to community development and builds a pluralistic Palestinian society by promoting issues related to the relationship between the citizen and the society. Panorama runs its programs through three offices in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Gaza and frequently works jointly with Israeli and Israeli/Palestinian NGOs. As an example, Panorama’s “Bringing Peace Together,” involves ongoing joint workshops between Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals.
The Parents Circle – Families Forum is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.
Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education is founded and run by a group of professionals with deep experience in negotiation, facilitation and pedagogy and has strong ties to established institutions of negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution. The program adapts principles and frameworks of interest-based, integrative negotiation taught at leading universities for high school students, giving participants tools for more constructively negotiating issues and conflicts in their daily lives and nurturing their potential to be positive leaders in their schools and communities.
Peace Drums is a unique interfaith initiative promoting peace among Jewish, Muslim and christian Youth living in the Galilee region of Israel. Its goal is building trust — a trust that will continue into the future and will touch many people. It introduces peacemaking and reconciliation through the shared activity of a dynamic steel drum band. Performance tours and spin-off bands will demonstrate and stimulate peacemaking further afield.
PeacePlayers International brings together Israeli and Palestinian youth and young adults for year-round basketball programs that build positive dialogue, tolerance, and multiculturalism. The program involves both joint basketball activities and life skills sessions throughout the entire school year.
PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement amplifies the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderate Israelis and Palestinians to stand together against violence and extremism. OneVoice promotes grassroots Public Negotiations Process. Ordinary citizens learn the art of negotiation and importance of crafting public consensus around issues at the heart of the conflict. Through technology, electronic democracy, a cadre of experts, dignitaries, celebrities and spiritual leaders, OneVoice empowers citizens to exercise their civic responsibility and be the driving force for change within their societies.
The Peres Center for Peace, founded by current Israeli President Shimon Peres, builds an infrastructure of peace and reconciliation by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding. Cross-border peacebuilding activities are implemented through the Peres Center’s eight departments: Agriculture, Business & Economics, Civil Society Dialogue & Cooperation, IT Peace Projects, Medicine & Healthcare, Mediterranean 2020, Peace Education & Culture, and Sport.
Project Rozana was established in 2013 and has since grown to become an international organization committed to building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians through the field of health care, the only area of civil society where people meet on such a broad scale with mutual respect. By building trust and providing opportunities for Palestinian professionals and patients to access the Israeli health system, current and future generations from both communities will benefit. Project Rozana is built on three key initiatives: Training, Transportation and Treatment.
Re:GENERATION co-sponsors integrated or parallel Jewish and Arab schools using the Waldorf method of education and conflict resolution training, which guides students to be hands-on contributors to society. In 2009, 58% of graduates from our Harduf Waldorf High School in Israel committed to an extra year of volunteer service (compared with 2% of graduates nationwide); working with Jewish and Arab homeless, drug addicted, or orphaned individuals. Re:GENERATION also has completed the first of three phases in its Palestinian teacher training in the West Bank.
Road to Recovery is an organization of volunteers who drive Palestinians requiring medical treatment – mostly children – from the crossing checkpoints between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to hospitals in Israel. The treatments these patients require are unavailable in the Palestinian authority. All our activities, administration and personnel are completely voluntary. We believe that our assistance, in addition to its humanitarian aspect, generates goodwill, presents a unique opportunity for Palestinians and Israelis to get to know each other, creates hope in this troubled region and contributes to the peace between our peoples.
Roots works within communities at the heart of the conflict; shifting hatred and suspicion towards trust, empathy, and mutual support. Through their projects and workshops they endeavor to lay the groundwork for a reality in which future agreements between their governments can be built. In just two and a half years of rapid growth, their work has reached nearly 18,000 people.
ROPES – The Regional Organization for Peace, Economics & Security is a new nonprofit organization that seeks to promote a regional Arab-Israeli peace agreement through people to people programs. The primary objectives are twofold: to build goal driven relationships between emerging leaders on both sides and to increase both the volume and accuracy of local media coverage of the other society.
Runners Without Borders harnesses the positive power of sport to connect Jews and Arabs, rebuild long-lost trust and set the ground for a renewed dialogue between the two populations. The organization offers platforms for Jews and Arabs to meet, interact and cooperate through running, including the facilitation of mixed running teams for youth and adults.
Science Training Encouraging Peace (STEP) exists to fund pairs of young Israeli and Palestinian health professionals or students in intensive, advanced degree programs. It aims to foster relationships of respect, trust and interdependence, deliver enhanced services by STEP Fellows in their communities and show how cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian STEP Fellows advances prosperity and well being within communities.
Since 1991, Search for Common Ground has conducted a multi-track program to promote peace, cooperation, and security in the Middle East. Recently, our emphasis has been in the field of media where Search for Common Ground has distinctive strengths. We actively support the development of independent media in the West Bank and Gaza. We also sponsor activities among Israelis and Palestinians and promote regional cooperation.
Seeds of Peace is an international leadership development organization that has been working with youth and educators from the Middle East since 1993. It equips them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential to peace. Its leadership development model begins with a transformational summer camp session in the United States (Maine) that shifts attitudes and perceptions and builds respect and empathy. Year-round local programs strengthen relationships and leadership capacities. Seeds of Peace then accelerates the impact of its older alumni who are challenging the ideologies, policies, and practices that perpetuate conflict.
Service for Peace in the Community seeks to further the culture of peace through volunteer projects throughout the community.
Sha’ar La’Hinuch – Goal for Education mission is to use sport to create positive social change by way of life skills training or disadvantaged children and youth and promoting understanding and coexistence among different groups in Israel and the region. We use sports to build new social groups and communities based on understanding, partnership, tolerance, recognition and acceptance of the other, as well as helping individuals to maximize potential and ability.
SHIN the Israeli Movement for Equal Representation of Women(SHIN) was founded with the aim of achieving equal representation of women in all power centers in Israel. We struggle for equal representation of women in politics and in all public and economic spheres of life, with the goal of changing society in a way that will promise social justice to all groups and communities in Israel.
Shorouq Charitable Society for Women is a Palestinian non-profit organization officially established in 2002 dedicated to empowering women. Shorouq firmly believes that women’s empowerment is the key to building a just and equitable society. Working primarily with mothers in building their human, social and political capabilities, Shorouq seeks to ensure a better future for the coming generations. Shorouq is committed to peace and its activities are open to all regardless of their religious or political beliefs.
Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel: Sikkuy (a “chance” or “opportunity” in Hebrew) is a shared Jewish-Arab, non-partisan, non-profit NGO in Israel that develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, access to government services, etc.
Sipur – Hikaya (Story) aims to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Sipur – Hikaya’s main tool is the Dual Narrative method that was used by history teachers that wrote the book “Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel – Palestine.” They believe that when people are exposed to the narrative of the other side – some of them might become active in promoting reconciliation and “pushing” their leaders to find ways to end the long conflict.
Squashbond: is a people-to-people youth initiative working to integrate children from all walks of life and all sectors of the community to provide them with equal opportunities through the combination of squash, a diverse educational framework, and enriching activities. Through the encouragement of personal development and shared experiences, SquashBond works in the pursuit of self-confidence, acceptance of others, and cross-cultural relationships.
Sulha Peace Project is a grassroots organization inspired by the indigenous process of mediation (Sulha); it aims to rebuild trust, restore dignity and move beyond the political agenda. Sulha prepares people for peace on the grassroots level and complements peacemaking efforts. Sulha includes people from different religions and ethnic backgrounds, and offers experiential programs of peacemaking, integrating listening circles, multi-cultural workshops, sacred interfaith rituals, shared meals, the arts and celebration as means for transformation in our Arab-Jewish encounters.
Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP) is a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, USA. SIPP promotes projects that engage Israeli and Palestinian communities working to further common environmental interests and/or enhance civil society, and works to build meaningful connections between people in the United States and Israeli and Palestinian communities.
Taghyeer, the Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement, was founded by Palestinian community leaders with peace activist Ali Abu Awwad. Taghyeer focuses on engaging Palestinian society on a way forward to achieve social change and national goals through nonviolence.
Together Beyond Wordsworks to empower women, heal emotional wounds and traumas, and undermine prejudice relating to the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts. The organization runs workshops, training sessions, and courses for Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, Arab and Israeli women educators, professionals and leaders using an innovative multi-disciplinary educational model. The sessions touch participants on physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels all at once.
TRUST builds understanding and trust through education, dialogue, conflict management, and activities that promote non-violence, reconciliation, healing and love. Activities are geared towards finding the common humanity that dispels fear and vengeance among people of different religions, cultures, backgrounds, and nations. Programs include joint activities for Israeli and Palestinian Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clergy and spiritual leaders; joint political leadership training for Palestinian and Israeli women; and a Women’s Interfaith Network for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women in Jerusalem.
Tsofen High Technology centers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the integration of Israel’s Arab Citizens into the hi-tech industry as a means of promoting economic development, reducing poverty, high value job creation in Arab urban centers and integration of Arab citizens into Israel’s civil society.
Ultimate Peace is a growing 501(c)3 non-profit organization that depends on donations to give youth in the Middle East a chance to build friendships by playing ultimate frisbee. We began our work in the Middle East in April of 2009, and continue to deepen and broaden the impact of our regional program today.
The Umm El Fahem Gallery was founded in 1996, on the initiative of local residents and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and its population and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art. With a lack of other art galleries in the Arab sector in Israel, the gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place. Contemporary art exhibits, symposiums, creative workshops and seminars have drawn large audiences and have established the gallery as an important center in the local and international culture scene.
At the University of the Middle East Project, educators, professionals, and civil society leaders from all countries in the Middle East and North Africa study together in a range of graduate-level subjects. UME programs promote educational leadership for critical thinking, open inquiry, cross-cultural understanding and regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa. Students not only gain substantive knowledge in their chosen disciplines and learn about each other, developing both a collective sense of identity and a commitment to regional cooperation.
Water Resources Action Project, Inc. (WRAP) is a volunteer non-profit organization that seeks to improve the public health of underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship. WRAP actively sponsors, designs, and constructs rainwater harvesting systems in schools suffering from dire water shortages, complemented by a strong environmental educational program. The environmental education program is a people-to-people initiative that seeks to connect Arab, Jewish and Christian students from several different communities in Israel, Palestine, the USA and Jordan in an internet forum focused on water harvesting and community gardens.
Women Wage Peace is a rapidly growing movement of thousands of Israeli women, taking action to influence the public and political arena. They are a non-political, broad-based coalition seeking to address politicians and decision-makers in the pursuit of a cooperative peace agreement.
World Ventures Group is a global philanthropy that fosters entrepreneurship, small business growth, and employment generation in conflict zones, particularly in the Palestine/Israel context. Specifically, we equip high-potential individuals and firms with skills/workforce development training, funding, and revenue/employment opportunities. In an unusual twist, peers from one side of the conflict support individuals and business ventures from the other side. Thus, World Ventures Group drives economic growth, builds business collaborations, and repairs relationships damaged by conflict, strife and war.
Yala Young Leaders: YaLa is a Facebook-based movement, inspired by the young generation of the Middle East and North Africa, and the key and leading role they played in the change which spread across the region in the past two years. From the Yasmin and Tahrir revolutions, the struggles in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the struggle for social justice in Israel, the MENA youth has shown its ability to mobilize for greater freedom and equality. With 500,000+ members, YaLa aims to forge the connection between these revolutions and to empower the young people of the Middle East and North Africa to lead the region towards peaceful coexistence based on equality, security, prosperity and social openness.
Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation promotes Israeli-Palestinian pragmatic dialogue and understanding, and fosters constructive joint projects at the young leadership level. The organization brings together American, European, Israeli, and Palestinian activists from diverse social backgrounds and political beliefs to explore and undertake cooperative efforts to promote mutual respect, understanding, and peace.