Kiryat Shmona is Israel’s northernmost city, located near the Lebanon-Israel border. The Kiryat Shmona Learning Community is located in the neighborhood of Eshkol, where residents are mostly migrants from the former USSR and North Africa. This area suffers from great socio-economic disparities.
The Learning Community is comprised of forty children, ages 8-12, and 20 students, mostly from Tel Hai College. The Academic Students guide and tutor the children, participate in Community Action Days, work with the resident’s Steering Committee and plan community projects.
The Kiryat Shmona Community encourages youth-led community projects alongside active participation by their families. Within a Steering Committee framework, mothers meet every two weeks and serve as a community voice in Mahapach-Taghir, organizing local activities, events and campaigns as well as field trips and excursions.
Special focus was being put this year on the issue of racism and accepting ‘the other’, through the continuation of ‘Together against Racism’ project with the community of Maghar. The students and the
children from both communities met twice this year to discuss Palestinian-Jewish partnership and social justice issues that are relevant for both communities. A third encounter, this time engaging only the students volunteers in both communities is planned for early 2015.
For more information or to get involved in Kiryat Shmona community contact the Kiryat Shmona Community Coordinator.