About Us

Givat Haviva's mission is to create a shared future and shared society in Israel, based on the principles of equality, cooperation, empowerment, and understanding.

Givat Haviva is:

  • A catalyst for change that mobilizes Israelis in deeply divided communities to cooperate and work together for a Shared Future.  Our Shared Communities flagship program is a local to national project that serves over 350,000 people by building structured, multi-level cooperation between pairs of communities alienated from each other by the most critical social divides that threaten the democratic fabric of Israel today.  Israeli citizens and local leadership are engaged across these divides through the creation of inter-community alliances and frameworks that facilitate joint action around common values, projects and goals.
  • A place for dialogue, interaction and healing.  Tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish children of all ages, teachers and women have participated in programs that foster dialogue and the kinds of interactions and joint activities that break down stereotypes and enhance understanding.  Teenagers tackle some of the thorniest issues of coexistence, which include misconceptions and fears of the other in our Face to Face intensive encounter program.  In Through Others' Eyes, teens visit each other's homes and neighborhoods photographing one another's lives, enhancing mutual understanding and creating strong friendships. In Children Teaching Children, school classes of Arab and Jewish young adolescents are paired with one another and partake in a yearlong voyage of discovery with joint interaction programs and experiential learning at each other's schools.  Our Arts Center is a space that brings people together from diverse communities to participate in a variety of creative activities, unleashing the power of the arts to repair and build bridges. 
  • A place for Israelis and the International Community to learn and study.  In order to help foster coexistence and cross-cultural understanding, Givat Haviva has distinguished centers of learning and scholarship.  The Institute for Arabic Studies is one of the leading schools in Israel for teaching the Arabic language and culture.  The Peace Library also includes the largest collection in Israel of books and reference materials about Israeli Arabs, Palestinians and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  The International Center hosts study tours of the region and nearby Green Line, and facilitates seminars on the various issues and obstacles in Jewish-Arab relations.
Givat Haviva has always been ahead of its time.  For decades, its pioneering programs fostered coexistence and equality between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews.  In our most recent years, we continue to develop and cultivate innovative programs and ideas that will help to promote and create an Israel where social justice is more than just an empty promise, where Shared Society is not a distant ideal, but a living, thriving reality.

For additional information about the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in the U.S. or Givat Haviva in Israel, email: info@givathaviva.org, or call: (212)989-9272.