The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva

The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive society in Israel by engaging divided communities in collective action towards the advancement of a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy based on mutual responsibility, civic equality and a shared vision of the future.


Givat Haviva is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 by the Kibbutz Federation.

News and Events

  International Holocaust Memorial Day – What is the Message in Israel 2016? 01/27/2016 16:28 Sixty years after the conclusion of WWII, the UN decided to make January 27th, the date of the Red Army’s entrance into Auschwitz, the official date of the International Holocaust Memorial Day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust...
The Comings and Goings of JANUARY, 2016 12/20/2015 15:40 January, 2016 started with incredible almost spring like weather and then did a sharp turn as powerful storms created flooding, property and crop damage in parts of the country.  Toward the end of the month the temperatures dropped below freezing, heavy snow fell on the Golan Heights, a layer of thick ice covered the streets of Jerusalem and other elevated regions of Israel...
  Givat Haviva Update, December 2015 01/13/2016 10:27 Letter from our Executive Director
2015 was a confusing year. On the one hand, the difficult and complex reality of relations
between Jews and Arabs following escalation of the conflict, legislation in the Knesset,
the government's moves against the Islamic movement, etc., and on the other hand, a
flowering and expansion of the range of our activities at Givat Haviva, in both quality and
  Jewish-Arab Partnership Emergency Conference at Givat Haviva 01/12/2016 14:33 Last night Givat Haviva, together with Tag Meir, a grassroots organization that works against racism in Israel, held an emergency conference calling for Jewish-Arab partnership and equality. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Professor Gavriel Salomon, Israel Prize laureate in education, teacher and educator, and trailblazer for peace and a shared and egalitarian society. Professor Salomon passed away exactly a week before.
  Givat Haviva's Response to the Murder in “HaSimta” pub in Tel Aviv 01/03/2016 14:22 Givat Haviva condemns the heinous murders committed against innocent civilians in Tel Aviv last Friday. We share in the mourning of families who lost their loved ones, praying for a quick recovery of the wounded, and hope that those responsible for the crime will be caught soon.
Yossi Sarid 12/07/2015 23:30 Together with all those who love this country, the peace camp, and Givat Haviva, I mourn the passing of Yossi Sarid, who was a partner in the struggle for the soul and the character of the State of Israel.
  ➡ Partnership Tent 10/14/2015 11:00 In response to the rising tensions and increase in violence, Givat Haviva has erected and is manning a Partnership Tent for residents of the area, groups, and leaders to meet and dialogue in a neutral setting. As part of this initiative, a call has been issued by Givat Haviva and partners in the Shared Communities Program.
  Jewish teachers enter Arab classrooms in bid to break down barriers 09/21/2015 14:34 For the second year running, Givat Haviva program seeks to up the level of Hebrew-speaking among Arab students with the aim of helping them integrate fully into Israeli society.
  Through Others' Eyes Exhibit Opens at Givat Haviva 09/01/2015 10:58 The Gala opening of the Through Others' Eyes Photography Exhibition at the Peace Gallery in the Art Center at Givat Haviva will be held at 5:30PM on September 10, 2015.
New representative to the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in New York 09/20/2015 09:35 As of October 1, 2015, Omer Hakim is replacing Gal Peleg as our new representative to the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in New York. Omer is also serving as the Central Shaliach (Emissary) of the Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement in North America, a progressive Zionist youth movement that specializes in youth-led, experiential Jewish education. Givat Haviva is also affiliated with Hashomer Hatzair and the associated kibbutz movement. We wish him a wonderful year, and much success!