Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, in Hebrew and Arabic, is the "Oasis of Peace" the only community in Israel where Jewish and Palestinian families, all citizens of Israel, have made a determined effort to live, work and educate their children together in the spirit of equality, mutual respect, understanding and genuine cooperation. It is home the first ever Palestinian-Jewish Primary School where children learn in both Arabic and Hebrew. It founded the internationally renowned conflict management programs at its School for Peace, a program bringing adults and teenagers together to discuss the most difficult issues of the conflict -- identity, justice, and how to make real and meaningful change as individuals in Israel-Palestine. It is located half-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It has numerous interfaith, youth programs, conferences and other gatherings. Currently, it is developing a World Peace College, for locals and internationals to learn from the practical experience and theoretical knowledge of 35+ years of living together and creating educational projects.
This small village is my home away from home filled with an extended family and close friends who I work to support efforts their for genuine and durable peace for the future, for the world, and for all ofour children. Alex and Serene know their mom "works for peace" (as Alex says), but if there is one gift to give my children it will be to live peace.