F2F Alumni Participated in TEDxYouth Holon – Part III

by Miki Joelson

TEDx youth

In the first two parts (see Part I, and Part II), I wrote about the exciting TEDxYouth event held in Holon on April 25, 2013, dedicated to youth social involvement and creativity, where Face to Face alumni attended.

Following Idan Levi’s and Shaked Eisenmann’s experiences while being involved with social change actions, I would like to bring you now Apkar Nalbandian’s and Lavi Eisenmann’s experiences. Apkar wrote of his vision, after participating in Face to Face, to create opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians to meet and talk, in order to get out of the cycle of judgment and racism:

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F2F alumni participated in TEDxyouth Holon – Part II

by Miki Joelson

TEDx youth

In the First Part I wrote about the exciting TEDx youth event held in Holon on April 25, 2013, dedicated to youth social involvement and creativity, where Idan Levi, a Face to Face alumnus, spoke of the way he understands his own motives forsocial change.

As a result of this opportunity, I became interested in learning about the experiences of more Face to Face alumni involved in social change. Shaked Eisenmann, Apkar Nalbandian and Lavi Eisenmann wrote about their experiences and were invited to be in the audience with me in the TEDx event.

Each of the three dealt with a different experience, and still, as a person dealing with questions of being socially involved for a goal, which is not in the consensus, I found myself identifying with their questions.

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“Gestures of Peace from a Synagogue in Jerusalem”

“An interfaith meeting at the Kehillat Yedidya modern orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem gathered together young Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Rabbi Kronish and the apostolic nuncio in Israel, Mons. Lazzarotto, welcomed the participants.

“As many of you know, our here, especially in Jerusalem, we live separately. The Arabs do not have an occasion to meet the Israelis, and vice versa. We don’t have any real interaction in our daily lives.” This was voiced by Laura, a young Christian who lives in Jerusalem and studies at a Jewish university. Her words give prominence to the event held at the Kehillat Yedidya synagogue on the 30th April. The symposium entitled “Discovering the other’s humanity” was attended by youth from the 3 monotheistic religions. A good part of them belonged to the Youth for a United World, who were participating in the concluding event, “Be the Bridge”, of the Genfest.

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F2F Alumni participated in TEDxyouth Holon – Part I

F2F Alumni participated in TEDxyouth Holon for Social Awareness and Entrepreneurship – Part I

By Miki Joelson

If you still haven’t watched a TED talk, you should. This initiative, meant to spread ideas by getting people to share their personal experiences, has become

Edan Levi Stepping Up

Edan Levi Stepping Up

one of the best means to get a message through and expose it to a large number of people. It has become so popular, that TEDx events were created, following the same format but initiated independently and locally.

On April 25, 2013, the second TEDxyouth event, which took place in Holon, by Tovanot BeHinucH (Insights in Education), was dedicated to teen creativity, discoveries, development and social entrepreneurship. During the whole day teens talked and their peers and school principals listened. They spoke about excellence in sports, art as a social tool, technological inventions and many other topics, all of which was truly inspiring! When I found out there will be a session about social change, I immediately thought that teen age participants Face to Face / Faith to Faith, an international interreligious dialogue program implemented by ICCI in Jerusalem and the Auburn Theological Seminary in New York for the past 11 years, should be present there.

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