GNRC Israel Holds “Journey”: An Arab-Jewish Youth Leadership Workshop

The three day Massa Massar (Journey) leadership workshop in December 2012 was initiated by the GNRC (Global Network of Religions for Children) coordinator in Israel, creating a joint collaboration between The Pluralistic Spiritual Centre of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (WAS-NS), The Sulha Peace Project and the Open House in Ramla. Massa Massar was made possible by the generous support of Arigatou International. Its intention was to provide a platform for open dialogue, leadership training skills and the development of genuine heartfelt connection between 20 Israeli Arab and 20 Israeli Jewish youth, ages 14-17. The youth came from cities as diverse as Haifa, Ramla, Lod, Modiin, Jerusalem and WAS-NS itself. The workshop was run in both Hebrew and Arabic. The counselors were a combination of senior leaders together with young leaders who had been trained by the GNRC young leaders workshop.

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Since the workshop, the young people of GNRC Israel have continued to meet regularly and plan activities. They are taking a leading role in planning events for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in November, and organizing other activities with youth. The youth represent diverse organisations working for peace and conflict resolution and interfaith contact.

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