The Jerusalem Foundation: Coexistence through Arts and Culture
The Jerusalem Foundation:
Coexistence through Arts and Culture
The Need: Jewish and Arab children have little chance to meet in daily interactions– they live in different neighborhoods, go to different schools, speak different languages – festering growing stereotypes and fear. Through the arts, children find a common language of excitement and potential that they all share, despite their diverse demography.
Response: As part of our mission to shape a modern and vibrant city, the Jerusalem Foundation seeks to provide opportunities in dialogue and shared living, such as:
- The Louis and Tillie Alpert Music Center brings children and youth together through music, with instrumental and singing instruction, as well as a range of ensembles.
- The Jewish–Arab Science Club for 5th and 6th grade students at the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem.
- The Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY)’s youth department offers a range of programming, including: a choir, activism through film, theater groups and leadership programming.
- Summer Camp at the Ein Yael Living Museum, special sessions for Jewish and Arab children.
- Pashut Sharim – Simply Sing is a series of events of communal singing in Arabic and Hebrew in which young Jewish and Arab adults participate.
Population served: Programs supported by the Foundation reach hundreds of children, teens and adults each year – with the potential to reach thousands more.
- Thousands have been inspired by the YMCA’s Jewish-Arab Choir, both in Israel and on concert tours in the US, UK and Japan.
- “I think that events like this need to happen all the time, because we don’t have a choice except for coexistence.” Elias – Arab chef at November 2014 Simply Sing event.
Partner:Jerusalem Education Authority
Funding Needed: NIS 160,000 per program