Jisr ila al `arabiya | Gesher Le-Aravit | Bridge to Arabic is a grassroots Arab-Jewish project and a unique social change model, developed by four teachers in the village of Jisr A Zarqa, the only remaining Arab locality along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The unique project offers various opportunities to learn the Arabic language and culture in an Arabic-speaking environment.
The aim is simple – teaching fluent Arabic in an Arabic speaking environment. The studies include classes, guided tours within the village and surrounding nature reserve in simple Arabic, meals in local homes and encounters with the village’s day to day life and inhabitants. They see the village as a language learning environment and put efforts into creating new ways of learning the language through first-hand experience.
“I am grateful for the existence of such program. The option you offered me, to be welcomed in an Arab village and to communicate with the people, chases the fear away in these horrible days. It is something to lean on.” – Dalit Unger, a student in Gesher Le Aravit, November 2015
For the community, the project creates employment and sustainable livelihood for the inhabitants‘ families. Thus, the dialogue is both a learning experience and a contribution to the socio-economic prosperity of the village.
“This experience is special for me, as I get to meet (Jewish) students that genuinely wish to learn my language. I am not only teaching Arabic but also learning from them about their culture, their thoughts and feelings with much respect on both sides” – Fatina Ammash, a teacher in Gesher Le Aravit, November 2014
Gesher Le-Aravit conduct weekly classes as well as intense week-long and weekend programs which include accommodation in the village. All programmes are available for individuals as well as pre-organized groups.
1 September 2016
Gesher Le-Aravit (Bridge to Arabic) is a grassroots Arab-Jewish project developed by four teachers from the Arab village Jisr a-Zarqa, one of the poorest municipalities