Talk by Simon Lichman, Centre for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage, Jerusalem.
While we experience cycles of violence, counter violence, and the struggle for peace in the Middle East, it is ordinary people who must seek ways of living together.
Jews and Arabs, even those living side by side, often feel estranged with little opportunity of knowing one another in personal contexts. Adults may meet in the workplace, but children hardly meet at all since there are different Jewish and Arab school systems within Israel. With every family in the region bearing the scars of conflict, negative stereotyping of each other, usually reinforced by the media, and constant danger, leads to deep mistrust, ignorance, fear and even hatred.
Since 1991, the Centre For Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage (CCECH), a not-for-profit organization in Jerusalem, has been bringing together Jewish and Arab (Christian and Moslem), Israeli and Palestinian school communities, student teachers and shared-community professionals through educational programs based on Folklore.
Lichman will bring this work alive through a photographic power point presentation. He will discuss the impact of these programs and how they engender pockets of hope within a complex and seemingly bleak situation.