Perelman Hosts Delegation Israeli Arab and Jewish Teens
On Monday, March 27, Perelman Jewish Day School hosted Israeli Arab and Jewish high school students and their teachers from northern Israel, part of a delegation partially funded by the Sparks of Change Foundation and organized by the International School at the Oranim Academic College of Education. The group participates in a program that promotes understanding between Israeli Jews and Arabs with the goal of showing that co-existence is possible despite cultural, political and religious differences.
Perelman students in Grades 3-5 were exposed to true stories of daily life and real relationships across a cultural divide. All of the teens stressed the importance of learning Hebrew and Arabic as a way to strengthen mutual understanding. In several classes, the teen delegation presented an Arabic/Hebrew language lesson, emphasizing the similarities between the two languages.
As Klil, one of the Israeli Jewish students, wrote, “Coexistence is the only reality that I know…any suggestion of trying to avoid coexistence is impractical and irrelevant… If we are exposed to the “other side”…it will only have benefits.”
Music often brings people together. As Perelman students concluded their meetings with the Israeli guests, they joined voices to sing a song familiar to all of them, “Od yavo shalom aleynu…Salaam, Shalom!” (Peace will still come upon us.)