The Adam Institute is an Israeli non-profit, educational organization that works to create a culture of peace, mutual respect, tolerance and co-existence across religious, ethnic and national groups in Israeli society and the region. The organization’s Hebrew name “Adam”, meaning “human”, was chosen based on the founders’ understanding that human equality is the basis for leading a life centered on the values of democracy and peace.
Empowering Bedouin Women to Become Decision-Makers
A unique and challenging project has been implemented by Adam Institute together with Amerat of the Desert, a local Bedouin Women NGO. The project aimed to address the exclusion of Bedouin women from decision-making positions at the local levels, specifically in local Bedouin councils in the Negev. At the first phase, 89 Bedouin women (5 groups) participated in the training courses that provided necessary tools and skills for to independently participate and voice their opinions for the 2018 local council elections and beyond.
The program is funded by MEPI (U.S Middle East Partnership Initiative).
Media Impacting Conflict Transformation (MICT)
The Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace (AI) and Israel Social Television (ISTV) introduce their new joint project on “Peace Journalism” to train young Israeli media persons as advocators of peace who are committed to conflict transformation within the Middle East. Implemented over three years and funded by the European Union, the program provides knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as effective conflict resolution strategies. Participants get objective insight into one of the most complicated issues in the world, obtain practical tools needed to succeed in the media realm, and receive the opportunity to create unbiased media material through the guidance of the ISTV.
“Words Matter” – Educting About and For Freedom of Expression
“Words Matter” is a two-year (2015-2017) comprehensive educational action aimed at promoting freedom of expression and preventing hate speech and incitement. Collaborating with ACRI – The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, we structured the program to target diverse sectors of Israeli society, Jewish and Arab alike. Operating top-down, the program engages policymakers with the most influence in the Israeli government. These leaders can will their constituents towards an accepting, open-minded society. Operating bottom-up, it trains and empowers educators and student peer-leaders, in addition to providing educational programs for middle and high school students. These students and teachers can spark an Israeli future where the voicing of personal opinions, viewpoints, and perspectives is not criticized but is celebrated.
Dialogue in Mixed Cities – Innovative Encounters
The conference Dialogue in Mixed Cities – Innovative Encounters is a joint initiative of The Jerusalem Foundation, The Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace, and Besod Siach – The Association of Dialogue between Groups in Conflict). This was the fifth conference in a series about joint living in mixed cities. This year’s conference focused on Israeli society as a multi-cultural and national cultural society, and innovative ways to foster dialogue among the different groups and sectors.