TalkMatters was launched two years ago to bring Arabs and Jews together through a common interest that leads to talking, listening and trusting.
Jenny Nemko, founder of TalkMatters explained, “We launched TalkMatters to help to combat the confusion and ignorance surrounding Israel, Palestine, Zionism, Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Hatred.”
Over the past two years webinars have been regularly held with the Israeli-Palestinian initiatives that TalkMatters represents. For the organizers of the initiatives, the webinars are a resource for information and ideas. For the audience, the webinars are a way to meet – often for the first time – a Palestinian or an Israeli and with this meeting a growing awareness that building trust is at the root of peace-making.
Nemko remarked on their success, “I am delighted to see the mailing list expanding and to report that we have grown to represent over 30 co-operative grass roots Israeli-Palestinian initiatives that focus on many diverse topics such as music, technology, religion, sport, education and ecology.”
TalkMatters also published a highlight reel to celebrate its achievements. To view the video, please visit: https://talkmatters.info/updates/talkmatters-2nd-birthday-media-release/
Their next webinar is on Wednesday, September 7th, with Teachers’ Lounge, a professional development program that brings Muslim, Christian, and Jewish teachers from all over Jerusalem to engage in the process of knowing “the other”. Teachers’ Lounge encourages the formation of a multicultural society with West and East Jerusalemites living together with mutual understanding in a shared society.
Tune in on their website at: https://talkmatters.info/
More on Teacher’s Lounge here: https://www.teachers-lounge.org/