Andere willkommen heissen, reich werden

Von Andrew Luisi & Chagit Lyssy

Andere willkommen heissen ist an und für sich schon eine schwierige Aufgabe, doch Miki Joelson glaubt, dass dies essenziell ist, um Beziehungen zu fördern und starke Bindungen zwischen Palästinensern und Israelis zu erzeugen. Miki arbeitete zwei Jahre lang als Leiterin des Programms “Faith to Faith/Face to Face“ (auf Deutsch: “Glaube gegenüber Glaube/Gesicht gegenüber Gesicht“), ein Partnerprojekt des Auburn Seminars in New York mit dem ICCI, und ist jetzt ein aktives Mitglied des ICCI Ehemaligen-Vereins für jüdische und palästinensische Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene für friedliche Koexistenz. Als jemand, die als Koordinatorin von Programmen und Events zur Förderung inter-religiöser Zusammenarbeit und Bewusstsein gearbeitet hat, vertrat sie den ICCI an der neunten Generalversammlung der Religionen für den Frieden in Wien, wo sie über ihre Arbeit mit ICCI zur Förderung von Einschliesslichkeit und dem Streben nach Koexistenz sprach.

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“The Many Faces of Jerusalem” Photography Contest

Photography Contest

Welcoming the Other, Becoming Rich

By Andrew Luisi

Personally welcoming the other is a difficult task in and of itself; however, Miki Joelson believes it to be essential in order to foster relationships and create strong bonds amAndrew Head Shot, Staffong Jews and Palestinians. Miki worked for two years as a facilitator with the “Face to Face”/”Faith-to-Faith” —a partnership of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York and ICCI—and she now is an active participant in ICCI’s Alumni Community of Jewish and Palestinian Youth and Young Adults for Peaceful Coexistence.  As someone who has coordinated programs and events to inspire interfreligious collaboration and awareness, she has recently represented ICCI at the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Vienna, Austria in November 2013, where she spoke about her work with ICCI in promoting inclusivity and striving for coexistence between Palestinians and Jews.

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My Story – In Between

by Elana Lubka

(as part of our Stories of Inspiration series)Abu_Ghosh-2

“Change is to talk,” Bushra, 22, stressed in our conversation. I smiled at this, for one of the first things I noticed about Bushra was how comfortable she was speaking both English and Hebrew. Bushra attributes her fluency in English and Hebrew to having been raised in Abu Ghosh, an Arab village in the Judean Hills outside of Jerusalem. Not a part of the West Bank, Abu Ghosh is known for its amiability with neighboring Jewish villages and often plays hosts to visiting Jewish groups who wish to sample some of their famous hummus. This constant exposure to Israeli and foreign Jews has enabled her to become more familiar with the “other” than other Palestinians living in East Jerusalem or the West Bank.
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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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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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