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Religion, Social Identity and Education (Conference)

February 2004


Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam and The Global Network of Religions for Children invite you to a conference on:

Religion, Social Identity and Education Among Arabs and Jews in Israel

Questions and challenges of religious identity
facing educators in a multi-cultural society

Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam
February 25 – 26, ‏2004

Sponsored by the Arigatou Foundation


Wednesday, Feb. 25th

13:00: Registration
13:45: Introduction
Castro Daoud, Secretary of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam.
Agneta Ucko, Director of the Myochikai-Arigatou Foundation, Geneva Office
Bob Mark - one of the initiators and organizers of the conference
14:00 – 15:00 First Panel: Religion and Identity in Palestinian Society in Israel:
Ahmad Hijazi – Chairperson
Dr. Shukri ‘Araf from the Oranim Teachers College: “Expressions of religion in Arab society and education.”
Sarab Abu Rabia from the Ben Gurion University: “Between Feminism and Islam.” Sources of Islamic feminist identity.
Marzuk Halabi: “Religion and National Identity among the Druze in Israel”
15:00 – 16:00 Responses from Jewish panelists and discussion with the audience.
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:30 Second Panel: Religion and Identity in Jewish Society in Israel
Dr. Yair Oron – Chairperson
Dr. Rachel Livni Freudenthal from the Alma College: “The Vision lost between Religion and State.” Judaism as a tradition and culture beyond religion and nationalism.
Dror Yehoshua from Mizrah Shemesh: “’Al ‘Aravim Talinu Kinorotenu.” The voice of music that is not heard.
Dr. Zvi Bekerman from the Hebrew University: “When Secular Liberals Need Religion.” Overcoming fears in integrative Jewish – Palestinian Education.
17:30 – 18:30 Responses from Palestinian panelists and discussion with the audience.
19:00 Dinner
21:00 A Concert by "Zimar" - Original Arab music

Thursday, February 26th

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 Tour and Discussion of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam
9:30 – 10:30 Third Panel: Religion in Educational Initiatives in Israel
Chairperson: Dr. Ariella Be’ari Ben Yishai
Dr. Mahmoud Masalha from the Ministry of Education: Educational programs on Islam in Arab Schools
Dr. Ra’id Mu’allam: The Mar Elias Campus - the first Arab University in Israel.
Ruth Lahavi, founder and principal of the Keshet School in Jerusalem: The integration of secular and religious Jews in an educational framework.
10:30 – 11:30 Discussion
11:30 – 12:00 Refreshments
12:00 – 13:00 Fourth Panel: Religion in the work of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam
Chairperson: Muhammad Abu Lahja Ratib
Fatin Zinati and Eva Zari: Religion and Identity in the Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam Jewish – Arab Primary School.
Omar Aghbariya: Religious Identity in School for Peace Encounters
Dorit Shippin: The place of the Bruno Hussar Center for Spiritual Pluralism in Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam
13:00 – 14:00 Discussion and closing
14:00 Lunch

The Conference will be conducted with simultaneous translation in Hebrew, Arabic and English

Costs: NIS 150 for the entire conference including room and board, or NIS 50 per day including meals without overnight accommodations.


Please register in advance.
For more information, please email:
Dorit Shippin
or call: 02-9996306

Conference invitation (English)
Invitation (Hebrew /Arabic) Page 1) MSWord
Invitation (Hebrew /Arabic) Page 2) MSWord


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  • Report on the conference (Word - 53.5 kb)

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