Shared Society

A Shared Society is one in which all individuals and identity-groups are treated as equals with regards to their cultural, social, political, and economic rights. In a Shared Society, each member enjoys a sense of belonging, stability, and security. Therefore, the relations between all members of society, especially in a heterogenous one like ours, are conducive to building a general good that is richer than the sum of its parts, and each group regards other groups’ contribution as a gift instead of as a threat.

Our Shared Society programs aim to reduce levels of mutual mistrust by addressing attitudes and assumptions through encounter processes.  These encounters between participants from different backgrounds create tangible, need-related, added-value results.

We provide opportunities for different identity subgroups to meet and learn about each other’s needs thereby reducing stereotypes and fear.  By building more solid and harmonious relations, we aim to reduce the level of cultural violence and to promote a rich harmony out of the cacophony that exists today.


Path Of Hope and Peace

POHAP is a grassroots organization of Palestinians and Israelis — dedicated to building coexistence through interdependent economies while fostering personal interaction and friendship between people and communities, mostly working in the Zur Hadassah-Hussan area (South-West of Jerusalem).

Our Abu Tor

Our Abu Tor’s goal is to enhance and buttress the community’s synergy by harnessing the residents’ commitment and skills, as it transforms from a precarious mixed neighborhood into a socially cohesive shared neighborhood.

Understanding Shared Society

An action-research program aimed at better understanding the potential and characteristics of a Shared
Society in Israel. This includes practical recommendations at both grassroot and policy levels. Conducted in cooperation with the Center for Advancement of Peace Initiatives.

The Cooperative Society Forum

We are one of the founding members of the “Cooperative Society Forum” aiming to unite all bodies in Israeli society that promote a common society. We hope to reduce polarization between the different sectors in Israel – religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox, Arabs, settler, liberal currents, Ethiopian – and any other community or stream in the society.

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