The Center for Shared Society
at Givat Haviva

brings you our February Newsletter, check out our updates
from the field and upcoming events for you to attend!




Join us for 
our Upcoming EVENTS!
Mohammad  Darawshe
March 2016 
Speaking Tour!
Givat Haviva's Director of Planning, Equality & Shared Society is making a trip to the US this upcoming March.  Make sure to catch him speaking about the reality of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and the fundamentals of working to establish a true Shared Society.

Mohammad's Speaking 
Tour Stops:

Thursday, March 17 @ 7:30pm - New London, Connecticut at the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

Friday, March 18 @ 8pm - Hillsborough, New Jersey at Temple Beth-El

Saturday, March 19 @ 1pm - Bethesda, Maryland at 
Adat Shalom Congregation

Sunday, March 20 - Washington, DC at the AIPAC Policy Conference for the "Minorities in Israel" Panel at 9:30am & 1:30pm

In Case You Missed It!


Listen to Mohammad's Interview discussing Shared Society with the Hebrew Union College's Josh Holo for their College Common's Bully Pulpit Series.

Updates from the Field
Announcing our Fourth Annual
Givat Haviva Conference - May 23!
We are very excited to announce our Fourth Annual Givat Haviva Conference on Monday - May 23, 2016 on our Campus in Israel. The Conference will be an all day event featuring panels of high-profile speakers, community leaders, Shared Society professionals and scholars exploring the topic of the " Implications of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Common Citizenship for Jews and Arabs in Israel".

Stay tuned for updates on the schedule and keynote speakers.

Mark your calendars and register for the Conference here - we hope to see you there!
Our New Through Others' Eyes Group Begins their Home Visits
Our newest group of high school aged Arab and Jewish Israeli youth have begun their series of home visits as part of our beloved program -  Through Others' Eyes . The program is a photography based exploration of identity, historical narratives and cross-cultural exchange, that every year takes a new group of Israel's youth on a life-changing adventure.

This month the group took a field trip to two of the Arab youths' homes in Baka al Garbiyya.  The Jewish youth were especially excited about this visit - for most of them, this was their first time in an Arab home.  Of course the group was especially impressed with the delicious food, and significantly impacted by the hospitality of the families and similarities to their own home life.

Stay tuned for more information about the group's visit to New York this summer where you can see their photography exhibition and hear firsthand about their experience.

Check out last year's photography collection  here.
Building Shared Society - Step by Step
Last week Givat Haviva launched a Regional Forum of Mayors from fourteen different municipalities in the Wadi Ara region in an effort to expand our impact and community reach through our Shared Communities model. Our goal is to use the strategic framework from our flagship program to create sustainable partnerships for a Shared Region, with our four official regional partnerships serving as role models for the entire regional coalition.

With the support and promise of assistance from the Knesset's recently established Committee for Shared Society, and the leadership of the Mayors in the region - we will prove that building a Shared Society is not only possible, but a living, thriving reality.

Check out more photographs from the event here.
The Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva 
www.givathaviva.org - (212) 989-9272 - info@givathaviva.org