State Dept. gives Abraham Fund $1 million

The Abraham Fund Initiatives announced this week that it has received a three-year grant of nearly $1 million from the State Department to advance peace and reconciliation through bilingual and bicultural education.

Abraham Fund works to improve Jewish-Arab coexistence and equality in Israel.

Its new program is designed to promote mutual respect and understanding by enabling Arab and Jewish youth in Israel to communicate in Israel’s two official languages, Hebrew and Arabic.

Some 1,600 Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish students will participate in the activities, which will include cultural encounters between the two. Arab students will participate in Jewish cultural seminars and Hebrew-language enrichment classes, while Jewish students will participate in Arab cultural activities and courses in conversational Arabic.

The program is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Program. — jta