Beit HaGefen: Creating a Shared Space for Jews and Arabs in Israel
Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war against Israel.
Ulfat Haider and Asaf Ron will explore these issues as they share their personal stories, as well as their shared work at Beit HaGefen, a Haifa-based Arab Jewish Cultural Center founded in 1963. Beit HaGefen is founded on the belief that personal interactions and an encounter with another culture and its narratives are essential for breaking down barriers and building trust. We will focus on the city of Haifa as a unique model of living together with mutual respect and understanding, and discuss how the Bay Area — Haifa's "sister city" — does the same.
Register online for this free discussion led by Ulfat Haider and Asaf Ron. Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am and the Oshman Family JCC.