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Kulna Yerushalayim

Kulna Yerushalayim means “We are all Jerusalem,” and operates under this notion by connecting East and West Jerusalem through social activities. The organization originally launched in 2011 as “Simply Sing,” which merged together Arab and Jewish communities through music. As the program grew, so did more opportunity for expansion. They then launched “Jerusalem Double,” their […]

c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance

c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group focuses on visual communication, using the body as a cross-communication tool to bridge cultures and ideas in Jerusalem and beyond. One of c.a.t.a.m.o.n’s signature project is “From Jaffa to Agripas” festival,” which features choreographers and dancers from across Israel for three days of performances – in Mahane Yehuda – the market in […]

Madrasa

Based on the Arabic work for “school,” Madrasa is a free web-based school for Hebrew speakers to learn spoken Arabic. While 20% of the population living in Israel are arabs who speak Arabic as their first language, 95% of Jews living in Israel cannot communicate in Arabic at all. Madrasa’s founders believed that if Jews […]

Kaima Farms

Kaima Farm is a unique farm that employs youth who have not found success through conventional schooling. Kaima provides an alternate route to viable livelihood through agriculture, pairing two youth to one adult for intergenerational collaboration on the farm. The organization believes that school may not always be the answer for every student and that […]

Created “b’tselem elohim”

Jewish tradition teaches that all people were created b’tselem elohim (literally: in the image of God). My Jewishness is rooted in this notion of valuing the humanity of each being, and Jewish values teach me that no one person is superior to the other. The Jewish lesson on “enoughness” informs how I view and treat […]

Working on a Jewish Farm

Having the opportunity to work at Coastal Roots Farm has allowed for my Jewish exploration and identity to thrive. I worked for 15 years in an elementary school teaching Jewish studies to kindergarten-3rd grade students. It was very fulfilling and important work. I knew that my Jewish knowledge was limited and taught in a very […]