Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Appoints Imam Abdullah Antepli to Board of Directors

August 1st, 2018

New York, NY- Givat Haviva Educational Foundation (GHEF) proudly announces the election of Imam Abdullah Antepli to its Board of Directors.

Imam Antepli is a Senior Fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Co-Director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative, which invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood. The program also encourages participants to experience how Palestinians, both inside and outside Israel, identify themselves, while exploring issues of ethics, faith, and practice.

Abdullah is also Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies at Duke University, where he served from 2008-2014 as the University’s first Muslim chaplain, one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. Imam Antepli is a highly sought-after speaker on interfaith matters and conflict resolution.

“We are delighted that Abdullah is joining us,” said GHEF Board Chairman Michael Blechman. “He will be a great addition to our Board as we strive to promote a shared society in Israel.”

Since 1949, Givat Haviva has worked to inprove the relationship between Israel's Jewish an dArab citizens and to create a shared society and shared vision of their future. For the past 70 years, Givat Haviva has emerged as Israel's premier provider of programming focused on educating youth and developing partnerships across historically divided communities that foster understanding, coexistence and cooperation between Arab and Jewish societies, and the realization of mutually shared needs and interests. Over the years, its hallmark programs have made Givat Haviva a globally-respected thought leader in the field of conflict resolution and coexistence.

CONTACT: Meirav Levy-Bernstein
212-989-9272
Development@givathaviva.org

Join Us August 9th!





Jewish and Arab youth in Israel today lead completely segregated lives. Over the past eighteen years, Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes (TOE) project has provided twenty Arab and Jewish students, ages 16-17, with a unique way to understand the lives of their peers - through the camera lens. Visiting each other's homes, families and communities, and responding collaboratively through expressive photography, they become part of the less than one tenth of one percent of Israeli youth who have formed relationships with the "other".

Please join us and some of the 2018 Through Others' Eyes participants for a discussion about their experience in the program and a showing of their inspiring photography on Thursday, August 9, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Temple Israel New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle NY).

Don't miss this special opportunity to view these photographs and speak with the participants.

Join us August 5th!


Jewish and Arab youth in Israel today lead completely segregated lives. Over the past eighteen years, Givat Haviva's Through Others' Eyes (TOE) project has provided twenty Arab and Jewish students, ages 16-17, with a unique way to understand the lives of their peers -  through the camera lens.

Visiting each other's homes, families and communities, and responding collaboratively through amazingly expressive photography, they become part of the less than one tenth of one percent of Israeli youth who have formed relationships with the "other". 

Please join us and the 2018 Through Others' Eyes participants for an exhibit of their photographs on Sunday August 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Puffin Gallery (20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey). 
Don't miss this special opportunity to view these photographs and speak with the participants.

Looking Back - Yaniv Sagee and Mohammad Darawshe's Spring Visit to the US

This March and April, our New York-based GHEF office hosted both Givat Haviva's Executive Director, Yaniv Sagee, and Director of the Center for Equality & Shared Society, Mohammad Darawshe in outreach events, conferences and lectures from Washington, DC to Boston. In March, Mohammad spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, and in April, Yaniv served on a panel at the J Street conference (also in Washington). Mohammad and Yaniv brought contextual knowledge of the realities in Israel coupled with news of our progress, and the growing hope for a Shared Society that goes on every day at Givat Haviva’s campus.



Yaniv speaking on a panel titled "Spotlight on grassroots People-to-People projects" at the J Street conference



Mohammad speaking at the Harvard Israel summit



Yaniv with Meretz Knesset members Tamar Zandberg and Michal Rozin at the J Street conference


UN Consultative Status

Last month, Givat Haviva Israel's Executive Director Yaniv Sagee spoke at the United Nations in New York as part of the final step in gaining Consultative Status for Givat Haviva for the UN’s Economic and Social Council.

Consultative Status in the Council is the highest status the UN gives to non-government agencies, giving them a number of rights to participate in the work of the UN, to present their viewpoints, and to deliver testimony. By granting Givat Haviva this status, it also means the UN has certified that the work done at Givat Haviva has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations.
We are excited about this important new relationship with the UN!