Nes Ammim has built a lot of experience with hosting dialogue groups. They appreciate the European atmosphere provided by the volunteers. Especially local groups like the feeling of meeting on “neutral grounds”.
Nes Ammim hosts encounters of the Givat Haviva face-to-face program in which children from Jewish and Palestinian Arab high schools meet during a two-day workshop to get to know each other. Moreover, Givat Haviva organizes seminars for teachers who are involved in this work in their own schools.
Alternative organized a one week spring camp and a three-week bilingual summer camp for Jewish and Arab kids in the age groups of 9-11. They are offered activities of sports, dance and arts.
“An Arab and a Jewish child became good friends during the camp. After the closing event, the parents invited one another for a coffee at their homes. This might seem a tiny step, but it can have a huge meaning for the families and their perspective of the ‘other’.”
David Windholz, director of Alternative
The yearly three-day seminar of students from the David Yellin College in Jerusalem also takes place in Nes Ammim. This annual meeting is part of a program that also consists of a seminar with Roman-Catholic and Protestant students from Northern Ireland.
The women group of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, led by Zahava Neuberger-Keller, often holds its workshops in Nes Ammim.
“We already had several meetings in Nes Ammim. One of the participants, a timid Arabic lady never spoke too much. Once we visited the family memorial of a fallen Jewish soldier, a very young boy. There this woman started to cry and told the group that she lost a son too. The other ladies could offer her comfort being all mothers themselves.”
Zahava Neuberger, trainer JCJCR