The Ben-Gurion University

of the Negev Dialogue Course

Institutions of higher learning are often the first place for young Jews and Arabs to meet one another. Though they have opportunities to study together in the same classroom, many never have the chance to develop meaningful relationships with their peers from the other community.

AJEEC-NISPED’s  “Dialogue” course at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is now entering its second year. Participants in the course, Arab and Jewish, address diverse issues related to intercommunal relations in Israel in general and the Negev in particular. The course’s approach strives for a shared society approach based on equality. Goals include deepening the course graduates’ involvement in various university-based social projects and ensuring that students from all communities feel at home on campus.

The dynamic course is jointly conducted by two facilitators, one from each community. It meets weekly through throughout the semester and concludes with a joint on-campus project.

The program is implemented in partnership with the Dean’s Office of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and is funded by the Council for Higher Education.

Veronica Vigdorchik

Director of Arab-Jewish Partnership Programs