Mission

Givat Haviva is a civil society organization for social change associated with the Havatzelet Group. We strive to create a model society in Israel, emphasizing the importance of a Jewish and Arab shared society.

Our vision for a shared society is anchored in principles of mutual respect, trust, pluralism, and intrinsic equality between citizens. We work to promote a prosperous, democratic society for all citizens of Israel, one that strives for peace with its neighbors and for solidarity of all peoples.

Our activity focuses on the fields of education, language instruction, culture, and art. The Jewish-Arab partnership within the organization is the foundation of Givat Haviva's unique expertise, and a central value underlying our worldview and practice.

Apparent – The Political Body
06/09/2022

On Saturday 9/10/22, a multidisciplinary group exhibition will open at the Givat Haviva Art Gallery, featuring 27 artists who are preoccupied with the body - the body as marker, the marking of the body, the apparent body.

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In the news: “Givat Haviva school forges a path to shared society”
26/05/2022

In the news: “Givat Haviva school forges a path to shared society” We were happy to welcome the I24 team at Givat Haviva’s International School and share our joint education model experience. Watch!

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A year has passed since the events of May 2021 but the effects are here with us
26/05/2022

It is hard to forget the feeling of danger, fear, and terror that gripped the Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel only a year ago when the mixed cities were engulfed in chaos. Many Israelis locked themselves up in their homes, fearful of going out and meeting their neighbors. But only a few weeks later, the Israeli society seemed to have managed to overcome that terrible outburst.

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Thank you, UJA-Federation of New York
26/05/2022

Love, dream, believe, give, strengthen — those are some of the words written in Hebrew on this mural created by Arab Israeli students in the Galilee region of northern Israel.

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The fight against crime in Arab society
25/03/2022

Givat Haviva hosted a discussion on the fight against crime in Arab society, with the Director General of the Ministry of Internal Security Tomer Lotan and his bureau, representatives from academia, and activists from civil society organizations.

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Visit to Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany
25/03/2022

Givat Haviva's Executive Director, Michal Sella, visited the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, which has supported Givat Haviva and the activities to strengthen Israeli democracy for many years.

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Education Leaders Mediation Training
01/04/2022

School principals and social coordinators are called upon to act in heterogeneous and complex environments, where diverse religious, national, political, gender, and socio-economic groups meet, to resolve conflicts, instill a benign school culture, and impart values of shared society to students.

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Hebrew +
01/04/2022

Building on years of experience with Hebrew Language Enrichment, Givat Haviva has launched a pilot 30-hour teacher training specifically on teaching Hebrew as a second language.

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Mumken: Arabic for Employment Accessibility
01/04/2022

In cooperation with Joint Israel, Givat Haviva delivers training in basic, spoken Arabic to human resource professionals, managers, career development professionals, and others working with the Arab population in Israel.

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Mediation and Dialogue Centers for Arab Towns
31/03/2022

In accordance with recommendations by the Committee of Heads of Arab Authorities in Israel and the Executive Committee set up by the government to deal with violence and crime in Arab society, Givat Haviva proposes to set up Mediation and Dialogue Centers in a pilot of 5 Arab municipalities.

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Cross Sector Teachers Exchange
30/03/2022

In the absence of an integrated educational system in Israel, this program aims to bring Jewish and Arab teachers into each other’s schools. Jewish and Arab schools of relative proximity and similar social character will be paired, and will exchange teachers of English, physical education, and the arts for a semester.

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Equal Representation in Public Service
24/03/2022

Arab citizens, who make up over 22% of Israel’s population, comprise only 12.2% of public service employees, preponderantly in the health sector.

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Shared Society Teacher Training
12/12/2021

In line with government mandates for shared society training for educators and with the recommendations drawn up in Givat Haviva’s Roadmap for a Shared Society Program, Givat Haviva delivers shared society training to Jewish and Arab teachers, sparking a connective and transformative process for the teachers themselves, while giving them skills to guide their students through fraught topics of identity and encounters across ethnic lines.

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Hebrew Language Enrichment (Safa M’shutefet)
21/03/2022

In 2014 Givat Haviva began placing Jewish teachers in Arab schools to teach spoken Hebrew while bringing a modicum of integration to the schools as goodwill representatives of Jewish society.

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Bara’em Hi-Tech Seeds
12/12/2021

The Bara’em Hi-Tech program at Givat Haviva gives promising Arab high school students in Israel, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, the opportunity to study computer engineering and technology, and earn credits toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science while still in high school.

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Two-Day Youth Encounters
12/12/2021

Givat Haviva remains the national leader in Jewish-Arab youth encounters, bringing groups from Arab and Jewish schools together for two days of intensive, facilitated encounters for both the students and the educators who accompany them.

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Through Others’ Eyes
12/12/2021

For over 20 years Givat Haviva has been offering Through Others Eyes, convening a group of Arab and Jewish youth from the region for a year-long program in which they get to know each other and learn about each other’s lives, using photography as a vehicle to explore and express the complex realities they discover.

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Children Teaching Children (CTC)
12/12/2021

Children Teaching Children (CTC), which began in 1987 and has encompassed over 30,000 Arab and Jewish students is a civics study and encounter program that connects Arab and Jewish middle school students and their teachers, and equips them with tools to promote respect and mutual understanding.

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Arabic Studies
03/04/2022

The Institute for Arabic Studies, established as part of the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva in 1963, is the oldest and the most experienced in the country.

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GHIS - The Givat Haviva International School
03/04/2022

The Givat Haviva International School is in its fourth year of operation, this year adding 25 local Arab and Jewish 10th graders to the hundred 11th and 12th graders from Israel and around the world in the English-speaking boarding school.

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