Sadaka-Reut was established in 1983. Our grassroots dialogue and leadership development programs seek to address the deep-seated injustices caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by educating and empowering Palestinian and Jewish youth in Israel to pursue social and political change through bi-national partnership. We create a new generation of young activists promoting a shared society based on equality, solidarity, and justice. Over the past decade, 6,000 youth took part in our programs; w
The continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict creates barriers between young Jews and Palestinians in Israel. The segregation of Palestinians and Jews in living and education means that many young people have never talked to or worked with their peers of the other group. History and civics education often presents a one-sided narrative and does not encourage debate or self-reflection. Sadaka-Reut challenges this deep division in Israeli society that stands in the way of peace and equality.
The Community in Action program consists of three parts: education, volunteering, and activism. In the education program, participants become more aware and knowledgeable about their own national history as well as the history of the 'Other', and develop a sense of empathy and responsibility. This knowledge and experience is then brought into practice through volunteering in community centers and activism campaigns that spread the participants' newfound insights to the community around them.
Since its inception, the project has brought Jewish and Palestinian youths together and taught them that bi-national partnership is the way forward. It has created a group of educated and committed social activists who can spread their message of justice and equality to their own communities and form a bridge between the different groups in Israel. Many graduates have continued in the field of community work and activism, some also within Sadaka-Reut.