The Sur Baher Project
The Truman Institute, in collaboration with The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Municipality established a project for enhancing the communal and social statis of Arab communities in the city. The first stage of the project focuses on Sur Baher, an Arab village in the South East of the Jerusalem metropolitan area.
The essence of the project is intensive community work, by a strong nucleus of Hebrew University Arabic speaking Social Work students and their advisors. This involvement is directed at both communal enhancement and care and support for individual residents. The latter struggle with problems such as dropping out of school, family dysfunction, early marriages, and violence within the family. The main work is in the schools, the community center and the local Welfare Bureau, with the purpose to becoming involved in promoting the welfare and education of residents as well as empowering and uniting the community.
Arabic Language and Culture Tutoring Project
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace with the cooperation of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department at the Hebrew Universirty, launched the "Arabic Tutoring Project", aimed not just to help the students of the department to learn and practice the Arabic language but to expose them to Arab culture. This project aims to bridge the gap between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority (20%) in Israel.
Arab students of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department are tutoring Jewish students in Arabic. Every "tutor" teaches a group of 4-6 Jewish students. The core of the project is not just to practice the Arabic language but also to build bridges of understanding, trust and friendship between Jewish students and their colleagues Arab student colleagues. About 100 Hebrew speaking students and a dozen Arab students participate in the project.
Madrassah - The Inter-Religious Beit Midrash
Jewish, Muslim and Christian Arab students meet and study together passages from the Bible, the Quran and the New Testament, discussing peace and unity and then relating those to daily life. The program aspires to bring students of different religions and backgrounds closer together, while exposing them to mutual ideals and ideas in the subject of peace and how all religions share the same pursuit of the subject. The students get together, understand and learn about how to see the world through a different perspectives and how others are more similar to them than they have might have initially thought. Photo Gallery>
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The Forum of Female Researchers
The Forum of Female Researchers established three years ago at the Truman Institute organize different events and activities such as meetings with innovative women in the academia, as well as practical workshops with different lecturers. Some of the activities are available for female researchers from all the academic institutes in Israel and their goal is to help the these researchers integrate better in the academic world.
The forum provides a friendly atmosphere and a social framework for the researchers in the institute. It serves as an academic platform for ideas and opinions as well as exchanges among them and enable the support of senior researchers for the younger researchers. Photo Gallery>
The AiX Group
The research done by the Aix Group, jointly conducted with the Truman Institute, was presented at the Jerusalem conference during November 2016. Discussing the prevalent understanding that the current conditions in the Palestinian economy are grave, and that although it would have been better to change the economic environment via a permanent status agreement, such a path may not be feasible in the near future. The research project deals with issues concerning the two geographically separated regions of the Palestinian economy and surveys the main obstacles that appear also, sometimes in different forms, elsewhere in the economy.
The Aix Group is an independent Palestinian-Israeli-International Think Tank focused on analyzing, writing and disseminating position papers on economic issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Group works since 2003 on permanent status topics as well as on transitional aspects of the conflict. The purpose is to promote sustainable and mutually beneficial relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Photo Gallery>