The Holidays of the Three Religions
School event, 11 March 2002
(edited by Daniela Kitaín)
Opening Words by Diana Shalufi-Rizek – Co-Principal
We, the staff members, sat together and pondered: can we allow
ourselves to organize an event on the holidays of our three religions,
while outside everything is being destroyed?
And we answered ourselves: YES! For the sake of sanity, for the sake of
the sweet children who keep coming daily to school, for the sake of the
parents who are worthy of all praises, who are remaining faithful, and –
no less important – for our sake – for us, the staff members, we who are
so much in need for empowerment, for positive energy that may fill us,
so we can continue to be true and loyal to our journey and message.
So the event was organized – an evening of learning about three
holidays belonging to our three religions – The New Higra Year of the
Islam, the Jewish Passover and the Christian holiday of Easter.
The event started with an exhibition made by the children, which took
place in The Auditorium. Parents and children came together to the big
hall, which was divided into three parts, for each of the three holidays.
In each part there was an exhibition of objects belonging to that holiday,
which the children brought from their homes, decorated with drawings made
by the children. Computers were brought from the school and the visitors
could operate them to see the story of each holiday, its symbols, values
and costumes. Everything was exhibited in Arabic and Hebrew, so that each
one could get a direct impression in one’s own language and really learn
In a special corner there were three stands with a quotation of Martin
Luther King Jr. on violence translated into three languages. These are
words that he had said from the depth of his soul and his message is so
meaningful to our present situation, expressing something that was
important for us to say.
Weeks of hard work of the children and teachers had been put into this
event. The outcome was very moving. It was a pleasure to see the children
teaching their parents the stories of the other religions. It was exciting
to see the people standing there, reading together, exchanging
impressions. It was so beautiful to experience the presence of so many
dedicated people in these troubled and love-less times.
This event filled us with hope, touching upon the possibility that we
shall yet reach other times when our two people will contribute to each
other and enrich one another, instead of hating and killing one another.
One day our dynamic conflict would still reach this stage where there is
growth and mutual love between us.
Words of Martin Luther King Jr.
“The Ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a
descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead
of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the
liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through
violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact,
violence merely increases hate… Returning violence for violence multiplies
violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that”.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
To the teachers and the staff,
Thank you on the efforts you put into this wonderful
I wish you growth and success in your work and thank you very much.
Keep going forward and we are with you,
with the help of God.
Widad Othman, Beit Tzafafa, Mother of A’adi
Congratulations on your activity, which gives hope and
light in these dark days.
The exhibition that you have created is very
impressive and moving
and I learned new things.
The event was organized and very beautiful and enabled
to learn about the Hijra New Year and about Easter
things that we have not known.
Parents of Omer Eilat, 1st grade
To NS/WAS community,
The wonderful atmosphere her is like a beautiful island
in the difficult situation around us.
Thank you very much,
Drora Balaga, mothe of Shani, 4th grade
To the school - the principals, the teachers and the
Thank you very much on a great experience,
a charming exhibition and wonderful work.
We enjoyed and learned!
Shukran Jazilan ["thank you very much" in Arabic]
Ronit and Idan Tauner
This meeting is very beautiful –
bringing us close to
learning the spiritual things of each sect and religion.
I enjoyed the exhibition very much.
The work and the results were
The essence of this event is love, acceptance and an act of giving to all
If only there were understanding and love
and peace in our country
as those we experience here.
Na’amate, the mother of Majda, Rina and Sara
Congratulations, honored principals and
Thank you for your efforts – Well Done!
Salim Jabar, Abu Gosh
To the Oasis of Peace School,
I wish you progress and more days like this one,
which unite the people through learning and fun.
Jihad, mother of Shadi Haj-Yehie
Congratulations on a beautiful and enriching event.
It’s a miracle in these days that such a reality can survive.
The family of Inbar Ziv
Regards to all the staff.
Organizing this big exhibition on these sorrowful days
is a real proof to the uniqueness of this school
and its teachers.
Congratulations. Continue in this direction.
The exhibition is very beautiful and full of information
about the religions.
It teaches our young children to accept
and honor each other.
And this is the heart of the target.
Your efforts are obvious. May God give you
to go forward.
Wafaa Hasin, mother of Ayat and Rawan
To the school staff.
After I roamed around the exhibition
and saw the many visitors,
I would like to encourage your work for the success
of this activity.
I have experienced so many encounters and discussions,
but this was much more than a celebration and a learning event about the
Especially because of what is happening these days
and the school strike
of the day before, and the fact that each one
could express his/her
about the legitimacy of that strike.
A very beautiful exhibition, which widens
of the students,
strengthens the cooperation
between them and between their families
and inspires an atmosphere
of fraternity and love.
We were very impressed by all we saw and heard here
and we wish you strength and joy
in your very important work for a lasting peace
Ingeborg, Angelica and others
from the Catholic Integrated Community in Germany