Friends of Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan
Tor zur Welt
"The German non-profit organisation "Tor zur Welt...e.V." has been a partner in our project from the beginning. For many years, a group of young people associated with Rev. Ilse Wellershoff-Schuur from the Christian Community in Uberlingen has visited Kibbutz Harduf and Sha'ar la'Adam - Bab Lilinsan every summer to do community work, meet young people from various Galilean cultures, study, and travel in the Galilee. The organisation was founded in 1998 after the second youth camp and aims to raise consciousness - as well as financial resources - for the importance of intercultural meeting in general, at Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lilinsan, and specifically in Germany. Among the activities of the group are the annual summer camps in Israel and Germany, as well as the establishment of a guest-house in a Bedouin village in our neighbourhood, a trilingual theatre-project, and local projects in Germany dealing with the history of the Holocaust.
More information is available on the "Tor zur Welt...e.V." website: http://torzurwelt-ev.de
ANN ARBOR FRIENDS OF GATE TO HUMANITY
Friends of Gate to Humanity is a group of Jewish, Christian and Arab residents of Ann Arbor, Michigan, that have supported the peace and coexistence efforts of Sha'ar La’Adam-Bab Lil'Insan, for the past four years. The group was sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Emeth and eventually attracted a wider circle of friends.
Sha'ar La’Adam - Bab Lil'Insan’s determination to bridge the two cultures and to bring together Jewish and Arab youths and families, creating opportunities for interaction and sharing which normally do not exist, served as an inspiration to the Friends of Gate to Humanity. Grassroots activities such as these are an essential prerequisite for attaining a peaceful society.
The Friends of Gate to Humanity came together to work on a number of fundraising initiatives, including the sale of peace buttons with the words “Shalom” and “Salaam”, an Interfaith Desert Seder, and an Interfaith Path to Peace Celebration. Generous contributions made by many donors have helped to build tents and yurts, a kitchen and storage facility, a path to the Sha'ar La’Adam - Bab Lil'Insan site, the middle centre with the dome, and the amphitheatre stage.
It is hoped that the connection between Ann Arbor and Sha'ar la’Adam-Bab Lil'Insan will continue to grow as we collaborate in peace building endeavours.
The Zeitouna group
In the summer of 2002, a small group of Arab and Jewish women in Ann Arbor, Michigan decided to get to know each other better. We shared a longing to end the heartache and increasing polarisation of our peoples, both locally and globally. We named our group Zeitouna, Arabic for olive tree.
Meeting regularly in each other's homes on alternate weeks, six Jewish and six Arab women share food, narratives, and intimacy, and above all, practice dialogue. We seek to deepen our experience of how personal transformation can impact sociopolitical transformation.
For too many years our peoples have been divided. The hostility has benefited no one. We, in Zeitouna, know there is a better way, and we need our community to help us bring this about.