is our flagship municipal and regional partnerships programming that partners neighboring Jewish and Arab towns in order to establish collaboration and cooperation on shared interests, goals and initiatives. The Shared Communities program is generously supported by the Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation. Yaniv updated us on some wonderful stories of our partnered communities working together.
The Jewish and Arab towns of Megiddo and Ma'ale Eron are currently collaborating on a project to construct an access road to two of the smaller villages of Ma'ale Eron that do not have access to the main road, which causes logistical as well as economic issues. The access road will provide a direct connection to the main highway, strengthen the partnership between the towns, and increase the economic value of the villages.
Another pair of Arab and Jewish towns are working on establishing a shared athletic stadium that will not only have economic value but will provide a shared social setting as well. A park and environmental cleanup in an abandoned zone in Megiddo is in progress as well.
NGO and Special Interest Group Forum
has been established for all the participating Shared Communities. The forum will provide a network of local civil society organizations and community groups to work together on regional initiatives, share resources and expand their regional impact.