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Civil Society-Building Projects and Potential Partners

Our projects involve diverse communities in Israel and the West Bank, including Jews, Muslims and Christians, Bedouin, Druze and immigrant communities, and may be located in Israel and the West Bank. These projects include work where we have provided expertise and/or funding. Our partners include organizations that we have been or are currently working with, and organizations with which we are discussing future opportunities. Our environmentally focused projects are part of our Environmentally Sustainable Projects initiative. Our civil society-building projects and potential partners include the following:

Learning Arabic As a Language of Peace - AMAL Mini-Grant Recipient - 2021
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AMAL (the Hebrew acronym for "Spoken Arabic for All") is a non-profit Israeli organization that works to make Arabic and Arab culture more accessible to Jewish children in order to promote tolerance and mutual respect between Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis. This project provides scholarships to Arab Israeli university students to teach Arabic and Arab culture to Jewish Israeli 5th-grade students in & around Tel Aviv. Our support will allow AMAL to provide scholarships two more Arabic teachers.

Women Talk - Ramat HaNegev Regional Council Mini-Grant Recipient - 2021
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This project facilitates cross-cultural ties between the Negev’s Jewish community and local Bedouin women in unrecognized villages. Through this partnership, Bedouin women learn skills to navigate Israeli society and develop skills for employment. Our donation will fund Hebrew and English language classes and a bridal makeup course, which the Bedouin women requested to give them an additional marketable skill.

2018 to Present
Mini-Grant Recipient - 2022
Eastern Mediterranean International School -
Leadership Development
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The Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) is an international boarding high school located just outside of Tel Aviv. The student body is comprised of approximately 20% Israelis, 20% Palestinians, and 60% international students. While the focus of the school is on environmental sustainablilty and peace studies, it adheres to the academically rigourous two year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, or one year Cambridge IGCSE. The students, who live and study together on the school's park-like campus, develop both leadership skills and how to think about complex (and seemingly intractable) problems in a sophisticated and nuanced way.

In 2018, SIPP sponsored a program featuring three recent alumni who were in Colorado at that time. The students were originally from Vietnam, Israel, and Poland. Their presentations showcased the former student's personal growth and the level of maturity they individually achieved at EMIS. For more information about EMIS, click here.

Wheels Of Change - Ramat HaNegev Regional Council Mini-Grant Recipient - 2021
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Wheels of Change provides outdoor environmental education and individual empowerment to Bedouin youth, especially girls, through off-road in Israel's Negev Desert. Our support will allow the group to purchase four new bicycles and expand the existing program.  

Unity Is Strength Mini-Grant Recipient - 2021
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This is a NY-based organization that promotes online civil dialog between Israelis and Palestinians. SIPP’s grant will assist the organization to increase its online presence.

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SIPP, AJEEC-NISPED, GLSHD, US Embassy - Green Ambassadors Program2020
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Under a US Embassy Grant, SIPP Board members Bernard Amadei and Beth Ornstein led interactive presentations as part of a one-and-a-half day workshop relating to sustainability, systems, and facilitation and communication skills for a diverse group of eleven participants (3 Israeli Jewish, 4 West Bank Palestinian, and 4 Israeli Bedouin) at the AJEEC-NISPED office in Be’er Sheva. The participants learned about the common,cross–border environmental challenges that their communities face. This was the second of three workshops being provided as part of the US Embassy grant. Participants had been asked to read an EcoPeace study of the Hebron Basin in advance of the program, and the workshop culminated with a role play based on that study to explore the varied perspectives and concerns of the region's diverse stakeholders.

Roots/Shorashim/Judur - Youth Photography Workshop2016 to Present
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Roots/Shorashim/Judur is an initiative started between Israelis and Palestinians in the area between Bethlehem and Hebron. Based on values of recognition and changing the status quo starting with grass-roots work, the initiative has become an incubator for dialogue and joint action aimed at gaining equality and dignity for Israeli and Palestinian society.

One of their programs is a series of photography workshops for Palestinian and Israeli teens. SIPP has provided support for this program in the past, and has an ongoing relationship with Bruce Shaffer, the program's coordinator and instructor.

"There can be no harmony until we [Palestinians and Israelis] see the humanity of the other side"
- Ali Abu Awwad

Click here for more information about Roots/Shorashim/Judur.

Graduate Studies - Science Training Encouraging Peace (STEP-GP)2019 to Present
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STEP is a US-based program that funds the tuition of graduate-level health science education to pairs of graduate students, each pair comprised of one Israeli and one Palestinian. STEP Fellows study in the same program or laboratory and are required to work together and interact as a pair. STEP Fellows are currently studying in accredited academic institutions in Israel.

In partnership with STEP, SPP is helping to support the tuition costs for a pair of Israeli and Palestinian graduate students at the Masters and PhD levels studying together at Ben Gurion University, Sde Boker campus.  They are conducting research involving treatment of human waste. 

For more information about STEP, click here.

Potential Partners

School Curricullum - Global Peace HeroesPotential Partner
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Elie Pritz grew up in Jerusalem in a family that was neither Arab nor Jewish. It gave her an interesting perspective to view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2013, working with an East Jerusalem Palestinan school, she developed a curriculum to purposefully teach students peace in an environment marked by violence. She set out to recast the notion of heroes as warriors, to heroes as peace activists. The result is a grade-school curriculum that showcases inspiring individuals and provides role models that encourage students to find ways that they themselves can make a difference for good in the world.

SIPP has met with Elie and hopes to find ways to support to support her efforts to expand her work in the future. To find out more about the Peace Heroes Curriculum, click here and here. You can also view a video here.