Vision

We aspire to build an Israeli society that respects and fosters the cultural richness of its diverse population. We believe that bringing together citizens from a range of backgrounds who see Israel as their homeland, source of their cultural roots and future, to work together out of a sense of joint responsibility, can make this vision a reality in the State of Israel.

Based on this perspective, we are working to develop and nurture a personal and joint civic leadership among the various social, national, religious and cultural groups in the State of Israel. Such leadership will respect different identities while expressing shared responsibility for the fate and future of the State of Israel.

Background

The State of Israel was established on a foundation of honor for the diversity of its citizens. Despite intentions to develop the country for the benefit of all, today, feelings of despair, hatred and alienation within and between the various sectors that comprise Israeli society (Arabs, Jews, religious, secular, etc.) make them unable and unwilling to understand and work together with people of different backgrounds. At the same time as Israelis have become more entrenched in their separate identities, there has been a breakdown in the values of equality, solidarity and respect for others. Only through fostering joint leadership based on a sense of vision, obligation and the will to bring people together, can we build a joint life and future.

Our Mission

To develop and nurture personal and joint civic leadership among the diverse social, national, religious and cultural groups comprising Israeli society to build a shared future based on values of respect, equality and solidarity .To develop and nurture personal and joint civic leadership among the diverse social, national, religious and cultural groups comprising Israeli society to build a shared future based on values of respect, equality and solidarity .

Who are we?

We began as a local group of Arab and Jewish neighbors committed to promoting our vision of a shared life in the Yezreel Valley. Over time, we developed into a group of social activists and entrepreneurs representing the diversity of society, committed to developing our idea of joint social leadership in Israel.

In April 2017, the group founded the Association for Joint Israeli Leadership.

The Association’s goals include:

  • Creating an active group of educators representative of Israeli society, including Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouins, Circassians, and Jews, religious and secular, new immigrants and native Israelis, working together to develop a shared society.
  • Deepening connections and familiarity among diverse groups based on a respect for each individual identity.
  • Developing and facilitating cooperative educational leadership programming that combines learning and volunteering and is designed to empower participants to create social change in Israel.

As an expression of our vision and goals, in August 2018, the Association launched a post-high school program, the Midrasha for Joint Israeli Leadership, to provide young Israelis with the tools to develop joint leadership. We are partnering with the Ma’ase Center and the program is located at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (YVC).

The Midrasha serves as a platform for the development of civic leadership among Arab and Jewish high school graduates who are committed to promoting diversity and developing connections among varied communities and organizations to build a healthier society.  

The Association continues to promote joint Israeli leadership through the Midrasha and beyond through knowledge development in the field, mentorship and other projects.

Leadership

Justice Taofik Katili, Co-President

Major General (Res.) Hagai Topolansky, Co-President

Nir Sarig, CEO

Board of Directors

Raz Karni, Co-Chair

Wasam Palah, Co-Chair

Yazhar David

Zanv Abu Said

Itamar Lapid

Ilana Givati

Nazhar Dakah

Assaf Elya

Eli Bar-or

Hen Bendik

Neal Zoabi

Audit Committee

Nirah Nahliel

Liki Saban

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