Another “Encounter” as 2015
school year coming to an end
In a final joint session of students from a Jewish school and an Arab school that marks another year of The Abraham Fund “encounters” initiative, students from the Gordon school met with students of the Al Zaharra School in the Arab town of Qualansawa. Similar activities will take place in 16 pairs of Jewish and Arab schools marking the end of another school year of joint programs.
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Wanting to see more women and young adults in leadership roles within their communities and Israeli society at large were among the encouraging findings of a recent Abraham Fund study of Arab voter attitudes. Pilot programs now underway will chart the course for a multi-year investment in training next-gen Israeli Arab leaders.
Policing in a Divided Society
The Abraham Fund’s work with the Israel Police has resulted in significant changes in policing policies and practices informed by international learning. Government's recognition of its failure to provide appropriate police services to the Arab community underscores the need for our continuing efforts to improve relations between the police and Arab society.
Equal and Accessible Services
This new Abraham Fund initiative works with government agencies, businesses and civil society organizations to advance the provision of equal and accessible services as we aim to narrow the gaps that divide Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities, while strengthening the foundation for a just and inclusive society.
Economic Development and Employment
The Abraham Fund’s Sharikat Haya jobs program was created to address the massive unemployment of Israeli Arab women. Five successful years later, our model is going national through a new government-funded effort to train and place Arab women in their first-ever jobs – good for Arab women and good for the Israeli economy.
Public Education, Advocacy and Government Relations
The Abraham Fund’s reputation – within government, civil society and the media – as a valued partner and resource in the field of Jewish-Arab relations positions us as one of a handful of shared Jewish-Arab NGOs with trusted access to both Israel's Arab leadership and government officials.
Education for a Shared Society
The Abraham Fund’s groundbreaking coexistence education programs already reach 25,000 Jewish and Arab elementary school children throughout Israel – a stepping stone toward our goal of requiring that every Israeli youngster learn the language and culture of their neighbor as we build a foundation for peace.