Rossing Center rallies to support families in need in East Jerusalem
The Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue, an ALLMEP member organization based in Jerusalem, aims to foster relationships among Jews, Christians, and Muslims since it was founded in 2006. The Rossing Center’s mission is to “build the desire and capacity of Israelis and Palestinians to create truly shared societies for all groups.”
Recently, the Rossing Center has focused its activities on the most pressing issues since the start of the war on October 7. One of the Center’s largest initiatives has been the distribution of food parcels. Due to the ongoing violence, food scarcity, increasing prices, and disrupted economic activity, vulnerable families in East Jerusalem are struggling to access basic necessities. The Rossing Center has been able to distribute parcels even to families who are beyond the reach of government welfare services. Alumni of the Center’s educational projects have even been taking part in these efforts.
The Rossing Center works with partner organizations to distribute food packages, assist Palestinian workers commute to their place of work in the face of obstacles, and organize activities to engage with young people throughout the time of instability. At the same time, the Rossing Center has been working with educators in its network of 38 schools in Israel. While the Center’s priority is helping members of these communities work through fear and trauma, the center plans to create safe spaces for healing as one of its next steps.
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