Learning Dialogue Together

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Learning Dialogue Together

The 5th “Dialogue in Mixed Cities” Conference – Innovative Encounters, organized by the Jerusalem Foundation in cooperation with the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace and Besod Siach, took place at the Zippori Center on the 14th and 15th of November 2017.         The event corresponded with International Day of Tolerance and more than 400 people from 32 different organizations and interested individuals from Israel and abroad participated in 42 group activities that offered constructive dialogue and joint learning.

The diversity of cultures, views and religions living side by side in Jerusalem were reflected in the workshops. Two teachers from the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education gave a sample history lesson in a school where Jews and Arabs learn together.    The Adam Institute presented their new project “Whose Garbage is This ?” showing that garbage is understood differently depending on cultural background. The Center for Educational Technology introduced their method, adopted from Northern Ireland, where schools from east and west Jerusalem work together in order to reduce prejudices. Evenings were filled with mutual learning as participants exchanged their experiences from the day and deepened their relationships during a shared meal.

The Jerusalem Foundation supported this conference through a generous gift from the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Science, founded and directed by Prof. Dr. Jan Philip Reemtsma.