On the Coexistence Track, you will take classes on issues relating to Arab-Jewish coexistence in order to fully understand what you will encounter during volunteering and in life in the neighborhood. Special seminars will offer instruction on dealing with sensitive topics and disputes in a diverse city.
You will go on tours of different areas of Jaffa in order to explore its history and diversity, and hear from guest speakers who will talk about their own experiences that relate to Coexistence in Jaffa. You will also learn about modern Israel and different aspects of Israeli society, with a strong focus on Jaffa.
Tikkun Olam places a strong focus on exploring many different issues from as broad a range of perspectives as possible. If we discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict, we'll also meet people experiencing that conflict each day -- past activities have included tours in Israel-Arab villages and in West Bank settlements; meetings with the Bereaved Families Forum, which unites parents of Israeli and Palestinian children who have been killed in the conflict; touring Israeli towns along the Gaza border; and more.
Classes take place in a variety of formats, including traditional lectures, small group discussions, guest testimonials, and participant-led discussions.
Tikkun Olam also includes Israeli participants, greatly enhancing the overall experience of all of our participants. Classes on Jewish identity and Israeli culture take on a whole new meaning when you have Israelis to share their unique perspectives and thoughts. And what better way to practice your Hebrew than to live with native speakers!