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Dear Friends and Partners,

It has been a year since covid-19 broke out and changed the reality of life worldwide. An unsettling year, in which we had to make many adjustments to ensure our ability to act in accordance with our mission of building a shared and egalitarian society.

The Givat Haviva team has been working hard to maintain our capacity for action, to adapt plans to what can be carried out under conditions of social closure and distance, and to initiate new content that fits this new reality. I am happy to write to you that we were able to conduct all our programs in 2020, and that despite the decline in our resources, and to a great extent with your help, we were able to end the year with a balanced budget.

The year 2021 has begun with our country in lockdown; many of our employees are working from home and our programs are in almost full operation. At this opportunity, I would also like to update you on a number of other developments in Givat Haviva. In November, Imran Kinana joined our team as the new director of the Arab-Jewish Center for Peace, the center responsible for our major programs. Imran is from Yafa an-Naseriyye and he comes to Givat Haviva after six months of managing the situation room for dealing with covid-19 in Arab society. He is a well-known leader in Israel’s Arab society who served two terms as head of his local authority. With Imran’s new leadership, the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace has begun developing new plans and new directions for action, which we will report on when they are ready.

Another development, temporary at this stage, is Mohammad Darawshe’s decision to run in the Knesset elections as head of the Ma'an party, which he founded. In accordance with our legal obligations, Mohammad will be on leave of absence until the election. And finally, I am happy to announce here that I after completing the maximum term of service as Givat Haviva’s executive director, in accordance with the organization's regulations, I will finish my job at the end of next month and transfer the management to Michal Sela. You can see below the CEO of Havatzelet’s announcement of Havatzelet’s choice of Michal.

It is too early to conclude, and we still have a period of overlap, but I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity I had to lead Givat Haviva and bring it to where it is today. Thanks to Givat Haviva’s excellent team and the new leadership, I am convinced that we can expect a very promising future for the organization.

Yaniv Sagee,
Givat Haviva Executive Director

A letter from Havatzelet's CEO
At its meeting on January 19, 2021, Havatzelet's Board of Directors approved the election of Michal Sela as the next Executive Director of Givat Haviva, in place of Yaniv Sagee, who is ending his term after completing the maximum 8 years in the position allowed under Havatzelet’s more...
In the media
Two Israeli international schools encouraging future leaders
The two high schools bring together students who would never have the opportunity to even meet, let alone make deep, lasting connections.
Youth Encounter Program Coordinators Hiba Younes-Zaid and Hadass Hasidim talk to The Branch podcast about conducting virtual Youth Encounter more...
TEDTALK with Yaniv Sagee
Givat Haviva Executive Director Yaniv Sagee presented the Givat Haviva Model for Building a Shared Society in 15 minutes during the "Ted Talk" portion of the Experts' School's held a virtual conference in December.  click here for the recorded conference...
The Unit for the Promotion of Gender Equality
In light of current circumstances, Givat Haviva’s Annual "Women Making Social Change"  Conference was held online, on December 15, more...
The online conference dealt with the gender pay gap, among other issues
Givat Haviva International High School (GHIS)
The first semester of the 2020-21 school year was a special one for everyone in the GHIS community. The Ministry of Education allowed the school to operate as usual (most schools in Israel were partially or completely closed, or had severe restrictions); however, in order to reduce contact and risk of Covid, leaving campus was almost never more...
The GHIS community marks HanuChristmas by lighting candles, making donuts, decorating a festive evergreen, singing and celebrating
Equality and Empowerment Programs
Hebrew Language Enrichment
The Ministry of Education has taken an unprecedentedly active role supporting and promoting Givat Haviva’s Hebrew Language Enrichment Program for Arab Middle Schools,bringing Jewish, native Hebrew-speaking teachers into Arab schools to teach weekly lessons in spoken Hebrew, while also functioning as cultural ambassadors more...
Bara’em Hi-Tech
In our 6th year of this project, offering academic-level computer science education to promising Arab youth, we are proud to congratulate our first ten graduates!
All of them started in the first year of the project and have earned their B.Sc. in Computer Science. more...
Youth Encounters
The 2020-2021 school year commenced with intensive marketing of Givat Haviva’s online youth encounter program for schools and coordination of seminars. Our facilitators participated in a 3-day training in skills for online facilitation, including digital skillbuilding, a new encounter blueprint, and simulation practice for all the facilitators on the more...
Uni-national segment of the youth encounter – a rare in-person activity during covid
Children Teaching Children
Despite the challenge of reaching a depth of acquaintance and discussion in online meetings and the difficulties running the program on the online platform - both technically and in terms of building workshop processes - Children Teaching Children brought together over 100 Jewish and Arab students from two Jewish schools and two Arab more...
Shared Communities
Arabs and Jews meet on the Neighbors’ Path
The welcome rains that fell this year turned the Neighbors’ Path into a green carpet where cyclamen and anemones stand out in all their glory. The trails are accessible for walking, and the rest stations are suitable for family fun in nature close to home. read more...
Environment Forum
Despite the difficulties of meeting during the pandemic, significant steps have been taken to strengthen ties with institutional bodies and representatives of local authorities to promote environmental more...
Through Others’ Eyes
We started the 2020-2021 Through Others’ Eyes program with a new group of boys and girls led by photography teachers Jinan Halabi and Dana Friedlander and co-instructors Tav Sagee (program coordinator and co-instructor) and Yara Biadsa (program graduate and co-instructor). read more...
Givat Haviva Collaborative Art Center
The Givat Haviva Collaborative Art Center’s ceramics school and other courses were active until the current lockdown, and plans to resume activities when restrictions are lifted. Meanwhile, development and planning in many areas continues, including these two initiatives: · Seeing Anew and a  joint residency more...
Arabic Studies Institute
The program of online spoken Arabic courses that commenced during the first covid-19 shutdown are continuing, with the online platform enabling creation of homogenous classes with students from all over the country for fun and effective more...
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