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We are working to build bridges between Jews, Muslims, Christians and others, based on tradition and culture without any political agenda.

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How It Works

The IEA invites people from different traditional and cultural backgrounds and faiths to join our groups.

Within the groups participants have meaningful encounters which bring them closer to each other.

Prejudice, hostility and suspicion are transformed into direct acquaintance, mutual respect and friendship.

Our groups are both a model for inter-communal relations of appreciation and care, and vehicles to promote them.

The IEA in 2 Minutes

Our Activity In Numbers

16
Years
94
Groups
2K
Encounters & Events
4K
Participants Each Year

Awards We Won

2015 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East
UNESCO recognition of the IEA as an organization that is contributing to the culture of peace
2008 Entrepreneurial Projects that will Change the Face of Tomorrow
2006 Immortal Chaplains Foundation's Prize for Humanity
INTR°A-Project Award for the Complementation of Religions (2007)
Women’s Peace Initiative Award of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (2007)
Commendable Effort award by the World Movement for Global Democracy (2008)
Prof. R. Bergman Prize for Creativity in Nursing (2014)

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Academic Research About Us

Interfaith Encounter Association and its groups are constantly attracting researchers from various universities and disciplines. Below are some published papers about our work.

"It proves that the inter-religious encounter made participants more open to the “religious other” while often making the particular identity of the participants stronger and more positive... "
Dr. Ben Mollov and Ms. Gili Rozen, Bar-Ilan University – Qualitative research, 2014. Link to paper
"The results indicate that the work of the IEA has important implications for maintaining “peace willingness”, which is not to be taken for granted nowadays.... "
Dr. Ben Mollov and Dr. Chaim Lavie, Bar-Ilan University – Quantitative research 2014. Link to paper
"The results show that for the participants, stereotypes have been broken and enemies have been re-humanized and are now perceived as people who also face the difficulties of the conflict... "
Prof. Frida Kerner Furman, DePaul University, 2011. Link to paper
"The influence of the encounters improved the attitude towards the other in a significant way. Groups were active at the peak of the Intifada and managed to cope with suicide attacks, IDF retaliation activities etc... "
Ms. Laya Schwartz, Bar Ilan University , 2010. Link To Paper

How can YOU make the difference

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