So What Do We Do

Our Groups

Our main effort is forming and maintaining ongoing groups of interfaith encounter. Each group offers an opportunity to meet the 'other' and build lasting inter-communal relations of friendship coupled with respect for the unique identity of each. In this way, each group is a seed of the desired relations between the various communities. Our vision includes hundreds of groups, of wide variety of kinds, so that every person will have a groups close to home and to heart. Here are the groups we formed so far:

Ongoing Activity Reports

All activity updates, from the very first one in 2001 till today, can be found here

Annual Activity Reports

Our Projects

For a number of years the Interfaith Encounter Association organizes the project of collecting Chametz (=leavened food) before Pesach from Jewish families, for needy families in East Jerusalem (Christians and Muslims). During both collection and distribution we are fully transparent: while collecting we make it clear that the Chametz will be delivered to needy families in East Jerusalem and upon delivery we stress that the food comes from Jewish families in West Jerusalem. Attached pictures from the the week before Pesach, during the collecting and distributing of the Chametz, in cooperation with the Sepharadic egalitarian “Degel Yehuda” Community in Jerusalem.

Oil for Peace is a not for profit business that strives to bring Jews, Muslims, and Christians together for the promotion of mutual respect, cultural appreciation, and coexistence.

Oil for Peace strives to achieve this aim by marketing traditionally hand-made items, which symbols our respect to the legacy of our fore-fathers. The profits from our joint enterprise are invested in inter-faith and inter-cultural activity in order to build and sustain bridges between the different communities of Israel.

Oil for Peace was co-founded by three participants of the Interfaith Encounter Association, Noy Mordekovitch, Ahmad Hamdan and Itamar Tahar-Lev, and built as a model for co-operation based on mutual respect and trust.

For further information, please email info@oil4peace.org, or call +97254-4949323.

This is an independent study project under the auspices of the IEA. Based on the IEA’s fundamental premises – that religion not only can, but must play a positive role in resolving conflict and that setting aside politics, we can with respect and integrity breach any subject – God’s Holy Mountain has taken on what has become the symbol of conflict:  the issue of the Temple Mount / Al-Haram Al-Sharif.  The project aims to transform the Temple Mount, from a place of contention and strife to one that is truly God’s Holy Mountain, a house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7), fulfilling God’s original mandate to the Jewish people to manifest the One God to the world:  “On that day, God will be One and His Name One” (Zechariah 14:9).

To see the Project’s research – including publication in leading Journal of Jewish law (Tehumin) – and how the dialogue around the research is progressing, please feel free to visit the Project site.

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