Because of Sindyanna, many Arab women in Kufr Kanna who had never worked after they got married are now employed and able to contribute to their households’ incomes. Some of them do not even have to leave their homes: the traditional woven baskets Sindyanna sells can be produced by both Arab and Jewish women in the comfort of their own kitchens. Many of the women I met also enjoyed working in the Visitors Center. They told me it was nice to be able to leave their homes and socialize with other people, especially after their children had all grown up. … More Sindyanna of Galilee: An Oasis of Coexistence in the Middle East?
All of a sudden, I knew what everyone was saying. I could quickly read the correctly spelled signs around me. Drinks had ice in them. People were saying “excuse me.” Workers were smiling and asking if I needed help. Everyone was standing in perfectly straight lines and waiting their turns. I was completely overwhelmed.
… More A Stranger in a Strange Land
I cannot tow a line in fear of not offending someone, so I write this piece with the utmost honesty and respect, acknowledging that my perspective is limited and yet, that my personal narrative has value. … More The Story The News Will Never Write: A Reflection on July 26th, 2016 in East Jerusalem
Now I have been working at Tabenkin for over a month. I have worked at many summer camps, but I have never felt this kind of connection with any kids I have worked with before. My hebrew has improved, I have bonded with the other counselors, and my time spent with the kids continues to be the highlight of my day. When I go home for the weekend I miss the class. When I am with them I feel like I belong. There is nothing I would rather do with my day than spend it at Tabenkin school. In all honesty I have contemplated not coming back to the USA, and instead continuing to work with these kids for the year. I know that this is not realistic, but I can’t imagine being happier doing anything else. … More Finding My Place in the Tabenkin School
Specifically, we want to open dialogues with women about their abilities to discuss if and when to have children with their husbands, as well as the notion that they have agencies over their own bodies, while respecting the fact that both of these ideas are both radical and potentially off-putting to members of the Eritrean community. As we move forward, we will strive to put together a program that respects the norms and values of the community, while simultaneously promoting the benefits of family planning from health and economic standpoints. … More An Internship That’s Not Just Coffee And Copies
Today’s participant blog post comes from Gabi Hasson, a participant in the Onward Israel Diversity & Pluralism Program. Gabi group is living, learning and interning in Haifa, Israel for 8 weeks this summer. Gabi is interning at the Golda Meir MASHAV Carmel International Training Center in Haifa. Her original post can be found here. The few from a lookout point in Rameh … More My First Homestay
As my time volunteering in Ramat Eliyahu this year draws to a close, I wanted to take some time to share and reflect on one of my main projects in the community these last several months. As an avowed sports fanatic (still recovering from my 4am wake-up to watch game 1 of the NBA finals the other night), I have been using my passion for sports to connect with the youth of this community since arriving here in September. As mentioned in previous blog posts, it started out in the early weeks with some basic American football catches and drills outside of the Ramat Eliyahu youth center. While I was working hard to establish my own place in the community at that stage, I was also constantly thinking about the ways I could potentially use sports to empower the kids of the neighborhood in a more concrete and sustainable way. … More Sports and Life Skills
Today’s participant blog post comes from Becca Garfinkel, a participant in the Yahel Social Change Program. Becca’s group is living, learning and volunteering in Lod, Israel for 9 months this year. This post was taken from Becca’s personal blog, which can be found here. I’d like to share with you all a very surreal encounter that I just had. … More Roots and Beats: What We Can Learn From Israel’s New Pop Music Trend
Lod’s wealth in historical property is often overlooked. It was on this particular Wednesday evening that a historical site (“Khan el-Hilu”), once left crumbling to pieces, was filled with life as people hurried to setup for the night market located in the Old City of Lod. Inside the Khan vendors arranged food stations. Outside, clothing and jewelry vendors put up their tables, and a moon bounce was inflated which had kids jumping with anticipation for the event to officially begin. … More The Night Market: Where the Past Meets the Future
Israel is a land of stories. Stories of immigration, homelands, hardships, victories, love, war, poverty and success. Stories and history intertwine with each other to make this land flow rich with Nescafé and Sachlav.
The main story most commonly discussed (argued) in Israel is the Arab-Israeli conflict, but there are many narratives in this conflict that are often overlooked. One that has found its way into my heart is that of an Arab group called the Bedouins.
The Bedouins are traditionally a nomadic group who live in the Negev desert. When Israel became a state and country borders were created, some Bedouins were living on the Israeli side and on the Jordan side. The Bedouins who happened to be living in the new State of Israel in 1949 were forcibly moved from their homes into “temporary” camps…and have since lived there because they are not legally allowed to move. There are three types of places Bedouins are allowed to live in the Negev: government built townships, recognized villages, and unrecognized villages. … More Stories