Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

This week in Jerusalem.

November 16, 2017 13:10
Ramot Forest

Who is supervising the trees being cut down in Ramot Forest (viewed here from Nebi Samwil)?. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 Dialogue and diversity, Part 1 

The second conference on dialogue between diverse communities in mixed cities took place earlier this week, bringing organizations from across the country to Jerusalem. Workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Zippori Forest Center focused on what a heterogeneous society is and how it can reduce suspicion, fear, prejudice and even hatred – overcoming differences and separations and establishing dialogue.

The conference discussed gaps between religious and secular sectors, Jews and Arabs, straights and LGBTs. Emphasis was put on how to listen to and understand the “other.” Academics, volunteers and non-profit associations participated in the conference, co-organized and sponsored by the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace. The Open House, Beit Berl College, Gesher, the Haifa Beit Hagefen Center and others took also part.


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