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Keeping Israel’s Cities Pluralistic and Free

Keeping Israel’s Cities Pluralistic and Free

Which of these stories was told at Shatil’s Free Cities Forum? After 20 years of having one chief rabbi, the Rehovoth municipality decided to fund two chief rabbis at a cost of half a million shekels each at a time when, residents say, the city has no funds for subsidized after-school programs. 300 nationalist ultra-Orthodox families [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Detained Asylum Seekers Learn To Use Photography As a Protest Tool

Detained Asylum Seekers Learn To Use Photography As a Protest Tool

Thick swarms of flies, spoiled or under-cooked food, overcrowded dorms, poor medical care, and clouded mirrors. Until now, the public hasn’t seen these conditions at the Holot detention center, because reporters can’t either. Journalists are forbidden from entering the facility. Shatil is changing the conversation by empowering detainees to get the word out through photos [&hellip

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Posted in: Democracy

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Lowering the Walls in Jerusalem

Lowering the Walls in Jerusalem

Nazeeh Ansari, director of youth and children’s services at the Jerusalem YMCA, has a dream. He’s had this dream for years: an overnight camp for Arab and Jewish youth from Jerusalem. Although it sounds simple, an overnight camp like this, let alone a summer camp, is extremely challenging to pull off in the divided city. [&hellip

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Teaching children tolerance

Teaching children tolerance

A shoe box, a mirror, two pieces of string, a blindfold, Cheerios, and pretzels. What could this list possibly be for? In Israel, teachers and youth movement leaders of third and fourth graders are using these everyday objects in unexpected ways in a 75-minute lesson on accepting difference. The religious scouts, a group with a [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Proudly Orthodox and Gay

Proudly Orthodox and Gay

Two weeks ago on Shabbat at Jerusalem’s Kehilat Zion synagogue, Nadia Aizner stood with glistening eyes under a canopy together with her partner Lena Kuznetsova, holding their newborn daughter, Tair – a name that means “she will light.” The palpable emotion among congregants was a testament to Nadia’s ability to publicly hold both her devotion [&hellip

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Introducing Shatil’s New Design Studio

Introducing Shatil’s New Design Studio

Take 20 creative, cutting-edge designers and expose them to Israel’s most pressing social change issues. Add the creator of the viral sensation “Israel-Loves-Iran/Iran-Loves-Israel” Facebook campaign and a place to meet. Sprinkle this situation with opportunity and possibility and you get four creative, cutting edge campaigns that can change public opinion and influence our leaders to [&hellip

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Posted in: Capacity Building

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

From Belfast to Jerusalem

Partnering Across Sides Both Tomer Oshry and Hitham Slama were born after the Six Day War. Both grew up – one in a West Bank Settlement, the other in an Israeli-Arab town – before the first Intifada and still fondly remember enjoying good relations with their Jewish and Arab neighbors. Slama and Oshry want to [&hellip

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Meet Jessica Montell: A Remarkable Woman Gathering Change-Makers to End the Occupation

Meet Jessica Montell: A Remarkable Woman Gathering Change-Makers to End the Occupation

“The Israel that you see when you come on Year Course when you’re 17 is beautiful and powerful and attractive and I fell in love with it,” says Jessica Montell with just a touch of cynicism born of years of working in Israel’s human rights community. Montell’s lifelong love of Israel started during her childhood [&hellip

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