The Arab-Jewish Community Center fosters inter-cultural and religious coexistence in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
The AJCC is the only municipally-funded community centre, simultaneously catering for the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim citizens of Jaffa. It constitutes a paradigm shift in the way local authorities relate to shared civic participation between Israel’s Jews and Arabs. The Centre was established in 1993, bringing together conflicting populations and educating towards reconciliation, recognition and cooperation. Both facilitated and unmediated encounters between members of Jaffa’s various ethnic and age groups take place in the centre, including children from Jewish and Arab kindergartens, elementary and high school students, and adults.
The AJCC’s mission is twofold: firstly, the AJCC increases cooperation and positive relations between 3,000 Arabs and Jews through diverse tolerance programming. Secondly, the AJCC enriches the Tel Aviv-Jaffa community by organizing religious and cultural events, as well as serves the city’s underprivileged populations by providing extracurricular education and training tailored to the needs of the community, including arts, sports, technology, professional training and language courses. The overarching purpose of the AJCC is to create a cohesive, egalitarian and prosperous Tel Aviv-Jaffa that can serve as a model for the rest of Israel.
Youth, Jewish-Arab Relations, Education, Civic Equality
17 September 2016
Geared toward third- and fourthgrade Jewish and Arab pupils, the program was launched with the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Jaffa and the Tel Aviv Municipality to respond to growing tensions resulting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its bimonthly meetings and classes are based on direct and structured contact, a curriculum that promotes mutual respect and acceptance of the “other,” and skill training that focuses on empathy and perspective-taking – understanding other people’s thoughts, feelings, desires, motivations and intentions.
7 August 2016
I don’t think anything else can unite us as much as singing does,’ says a Muslim member of Rana Choir. The dulcet voices of the women in Jaffa’s Rana Choir give the impression of perfect harmony. The 10 Arab and 10 Jewish singers do have a strong bond, yet their views are hardly monolithic.
5 January 2016
While 2014 and 2015 were marked with escalating tensions between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, clear actions geared toward coexistence continue. Coexistence in Israel
29 July 2015
The Arab-Jewish Community Center has been awarded the 2015 Intercultural Achievement Award by the Austrian Embassy in Israel. The AJCC won the award in July and will