About the Living Together Program
Israeli society is a diverse and complicated mix of Jews, Arabs, Christians, Bedouins and Druze as well as refugees from many countries around the world.
Somehow, all must learn to live together, but more often than not, Israelis choose to live within their own closed communities. In many instances, ignorance and distrust leads to tension, violence and conflict, which, once ignited, are difficult to dissipate. Children who grow up in regions of conflict are deeply affected by the rhetoric of violence, with each group developing negative stereotypes of one another.
Sport has the unparalleled ability to transcend barriers of language, politics and religion, and is a proven powerful tool for promoting tolerance, cross-cultural relationships and ultimately, peaceful coexistence.
Through joint sporting activities held for Jewish, Arab, Christian, Druze and Bedouin children, ITEC encourages children and families of these varied religions, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to engage in constructive dialogue, set shared goals, and ultimately realize their commonalities. We promote understanding of the “other’s” culture and language, break down barriers between these children, enrich their lives and build bridges of peace in the region.
Over 300 children participate in Living Together programs at the following centers:
- Beer Sheva
- Kiryat Shmona