Dear CEH Congregants,
We hope you will join us next Tuesday, November 13 from 7-9 PM at Congregation Etz Hayim for a conversation with members of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is the only community in Israel where equal numbers of Israeli Palestinians and Jews live and educate their children together, bringing their courageous vision to the rest of the country through the work of the Primary School, the School for Peace, the Peace Museum and the Pluralistic Spiritual Community Center. Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom is Arabic and Hebrew for Oasis of Peace.
Samah Salaime is a member of Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom, a social worker, community activist and feminist. She is the founder of AWC -Arab Women in the Center, an NGO which seeks to promote the status of women in the cities of Ramla, Lod and Jaffa, and to combat gender-based violence against women, particularly in Arab society. Samah has a very active role within the Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom Community and is a leading voice in Israel’s Arab community. She has served as WASNS Director of the Educational Institutions and recently became Director of the Wahat al Salam Neve Shalom Communication and Development Department.
Vered Marom was inspired to live in Wahat al-Salam Neve Shalom when she visited the community as a youngster. She was drawn to the commitment of Jewish and Palestinian citizens building a shared community based on equality and peace. She dreamed of raising a family in the community that shared the values that she believes in. She realized that dream 20 years ago and now lives in the village with her husband & 4 children. Vered has taken on various responsibilities in the community including, serving on the steering committee for the Nadi, (an informal educational framework for young people from the village), giving nutritional instruction to the childhood educational programs and organizing social activities, ensuring that residents have fun together.
This event is co-sponsored by CEH, the Fanbrangen Tzedakah Collective, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and Kol Ami Reconstructionist Community of Northern Virginia. For more information, click HERE.