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Students from the ultra-Orthodox and secular sectors will meet this week for an open dialogue on shared values.
The Office of Society and Youth at the Education Ministry developed the program in collaboration with Gesher, an organization dedicated to bridging rifts in Israeli society, in an effort to address the gaps among youth between the different sectors.
The meetings are set to take place in community centers and schools in 12 municipalities – Kiryat Motzkin, Gan Yavne, Bat Yam, Shoham, Shlomi, Modi’in, Oranit, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Alfei Menashe, Or Akiva and Beit Dagan.
The students will discuss central conflicts in Israeli society and reflect on Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day and on the late prime minister’s legacy.
The program aims to bridge the gaps between the two sectors by highlighting the differences between the groups in contemporary society, through viewing and discussing popular movies and television shows. The shows are to include Avoda Aravit (“Arab Work”), a television comedy highlighting the gaps between Jews and Arabs, Hahevre Hatovim (“Good Fellows”), a TV drama show about poor youth, and Sallah Shabati, a classic Israeli film from 1964 about immigration and resettlement.
In addition, the students will participate in group discussions on issues such as democracy, the IDF, Zionism and tradition.