Welcome to the Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan homepage - an international, ecological
Jewish-Arab center in the Galilee
Situated in the forest between the village of Kaabiyye and Kibbutz Harduf in the Galilee, Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan is an international center for educational, ecological and faith-related activities, striving to provide answers to the complex reality between the Jewish and the Arab communities in the Galilee, through the creation of a common Jewish-Arab culture.
Every year we facilitate a theatre production of a play with Jewish and Arab youth. In addition, we operate a volunteer program for Jewish and Arab youth from around the world and from Israel, engage in ecological building projects, host lectures and spiritual activities, lead the educational program "The Common Path" and hold the "Galilean Breeze" festival every Shavuot holiday.
The eleventh five-month cohort of Project Ten at Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan is currently underway. Do you want to participate in projects at Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan? Join the next session or contact us for further volunteering options.
Sha'ar La'Adam – Bab Lil'Insan
D.N. Hamovil 1793000
A little of what is happening in the forest…
Latest Updates at Sha'ar La'Adam
A special Shabbat in the forest
On Friday November 11th, members of the TEN Project in Sha’ar la’Adam, Kibbutz Harduf, Israel, celebrated Kabbalat Shabbat, Tikkun Olam. This specific Kabbalat Shabbat was designed to incorporate local communities in reflections, singing, praying and sharing. There were children, parents, and teachers from the Bedouin schools where we volunteer during the week, people from the Kibbutz, and members from Beit Elisha, the curative home for special needs people in Harduf. We all joined together in the different workshops offered: a painting workshop, a candle decorating workshop, a social games workshop, and most beloved the opportunity to make one’s own challah. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Kabbalat Shabbat and expressed gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to experience and share cultures. Once the sun went down, all together we shared songs of peace and light. It was truly a wonderful experience and we definitely all want to do it again!
Shabbat Tikkun Olam
14th birthday of Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan
Every year during Sukkot we think about a new beginning, especially in Sha’ar la’Adam – Bab li’l Insan. We think about the first steps we took to develop the project fourteen years ago. Fourteen years ago, during Sukkot, we started the project and this year we decided to celebrate its birthday for the first time.
If Sha’ar la’Adam – Bab li’l Insan were a human being, he would be becoming an adult, separating from his parents and finding his own way in the world. But no coming-of-age story is without its trials and difficulties. Some of the projects here in the forest still need a lot of attention while others, shaped by long-standing traditions, move along smoothly and continue to make a positive impact.
On the 20th of October, the Thursday of this year’s Sukkot, we finally celebrated Sha’ar la’Adam – Bab li’l Insan’s anniversary for the first time. Actually it wasn’t only the anniversary of our initiative. we were also happy to celebrate at the same time the 70th Birthday of Miriam, who a founder of the initiative who’s been here to see it grow these last fourteen years. As we expected, many people from all around the area came out to celebrate the wonderful occasion. There were guests from Harduf, as well as guests from the Speech- and Drama school, the community for adults with special needs “Beit Elisha”, the Bedouin village Sawaed, other kibbutzim in Israel, and even some guests from abroad who came out to Sha’ar la’Adam – Bab li’l Insan specifically for this event.
Taking place in a beautiful Sukkah built by the participants of the current TEN-Project (on top of the foundation of the Devotion house that is still in the process of construction), the ceremony saw a lot of contributions and performances from the wide variety of guests. The ceremony started with speeches from founders and friends of the day’s honored guests (Miriam and Sha’ar la’Adam – Bab li’l Insan) and ended with personal letters, poems, songs and finally with the release of white peace doves into the waning daylight.
After the ceremony there was a dinner feast in the forest for which every guest brought their own dish, helping contribute to the delicious array of food.
The current Project Ten
The sixth cohort of the Ten Project has been working in Sha’ar la’Adam from the beginning of September. This time, there are 15 volunteers teaching English in the Bedouin schools of Ka’abiyya and Zarzir (in Grif’at and Mazrib), working in the Sha'ar La'Adam garden and volunteering in the curative communities of Kibbutz Harduf.
Life in the forest
For some time, we have been interested in expanding the Sha'ar La'Adam - Bab Lil'Insan forest community – to absorb new residents, who will lovingly cultivate the forest, build a residential conference resort as well as a thatched meeting and activity area for the winter, and more. So we thought about it and found a sturdy, ecological, inexpensive and aesthetic-looking solution – a recycled Yurt: the foundations are made of old irrigation pipes, the reinforcements are made of rubber pipes too, and the canvas, which shall come next, is made of a huge unused advertisement poster that we received for free.