Current Middle East Teams

 

On this page, you can find all the information about our current teams! The Middle East program teams have their Skill Building Phases in the summer. Their Community Building Phases end in the early months of the following year. Use the menu to the left to navigate between the teams!

2018-19 Teams

L'Uniteds: Sisters of Nazareth School/Leo Baeck Education Center
 
Community Building Phase
Jan 23: Humans Rise
The team met for a calm session with pizza and a meditation on the seashore. They discussed their program and how they can help future generations coexist.
Dec 19: Christmas is Coming
Team L'Uniteds met for the school's annual volunteering at an after-school program for younger kids. They played games and danced together before handing out presents of chocolate.
Nov 21: Planning Meeting
The team meet to plan next steps for their Community Building Phase and Social Action Project.
Nov 14: Project Decisions
Many ideas were shared at this meeting to begin planning their Social Action Project! The team is excited to get started but had some communication hurdles to overcome.
Oct 3: Let's Get to Work
The team visited another classroom and played a few games with the kids. They are enjoying spreading happiness and smiles in the schools.
Sept 17: Kindergarten Fun
Team L'Uniteds visited an Arabic kindergarten class and taught them games they learned in the US, like sheep! The team really connected with the kids!
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Skill Building Phase
Leo Baeck Education Center
Founded:

1938

Neighborhood:

Haifa, Israel

 

Mission:

To build an equal and pluralistic society for all of Israel’s citizens, in the spirit of Progressive Judaism, Zionism, Democracy, and Shared Responsibility. Through formal and informal education, we prepare youth to become leaders with a civil and global consciousness.

 

Community Demographics:

Leo Baeck Education Center serve neighborhoods of a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Many of their students are new immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union. While there are a small number of Ethiopian, Druze, and Muslim students, the general student population identifies as Jewish and Israeli.

Sisters of Nazareth School
Founded:

1858

Neighborhood:

Haifa, Israel

Mission:

The aim of our education is to develop the whole person and to prepare students to be men and women capable of building the society of tomorrow. We hope to allow them to discover and develop their own identity and to overcome the differences between nations and cultures.

Community Demographics:

Sisters of Nazareth School serves roughly 1,500 students between their three campuses (the kindergarten, the primary school, and the middle/ high school). As one of the few private Arab schools in the area, students from the Sisters of Nazareth School identify themselves in many different ways including Arab, Muslim, Christian, Palestinian, Israeli, and Druze.

 Gamel: Al Galil Municipal School/Carmel Zvulun High School
 
Community Building Phase
Dec 11: Social Action Day
Team Gamel's Beach Clean-up was a success! The team held ice-breakers and a breakfast for the assembled volunteers, included hard of hearing 8th graders from Carmel Zvulun. They then worked together to clear more than 7 bags of trash from the beach!
Nov 26: Presenting to 10th Graders 2
These presentations happened at Galil High School. The students were very interested and asked the team lots of questions about their experiences.
Oct 18: Designing a Project
Team Gamel used this meeting to prepare for their presentation to the 10th graders at their schools. The FFI team is going to present alongside classmates who attended a delegation program to Austria.
Oct 18: Presenting to 10th Graders
Along with the Austrian delegation, Team Gamel presented to classes of 10th graders at Carmel Regional High School about their experiences. They shared pictures, stories, and answered questions.
Oct 16: Preparing Presentations
Team Gamel used this meeting to prepare for their presentation to the 10th graders at their schools. The FFI team is going to present alongside classmates who attended a delegation program to Austria.
Sept 26: Putting Ideas Together
The team continued to refine their Social Action Project over a delicious meal.
Aug 19th: Together Again
Team Gamel met at a teammate's home to reconnect and begin planning the Social Action Project. One of the team couldn't be there in person and joined in online! The team determined they would like to implement a beach clean up project with local hard of hearing people.
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Skill Building Phase
Al Galil Municipal School
Founded:

1923

Neighborhood:

Nazareth, Israel

 

Mission:

To enable students to acquire educational, cultural, and social skills to forward their practical life. To provide students with the social, human, moral, cultural, national values in order to strengthen their loyalty to their school and society, besides respecting the other. 

 

Community Demographics:

The Galilee High School is one of the largest and oldest schools in Nazareth. Most students are from the surrounding neighborhoods and many receive scholarships to attend.  The student population mainly identifies themselves as Arab, Muslim, and  Israeli.

Carmel Zvulun Regional High School
Founded:

1973

Neighborhood:

Yagur, Israel

 

Mission:

To focus on the individual and society as central values of educational concept.

 

Community Demographics:

Carmel Zvulun has adapted an educational concept that includes teaching methods that emphasize the Zionist, Jewish, and civic identity of their pupils. While their student population mainly identifies as Jewish or Israeli, there is a minority population of Christian and Druze students in the school. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of impaired and deaf and hard of hearing youth of all backgrounds who have come to the school for their inclusive curriculum.

Team Salmon: Ma'ale Shaharut High School/Rame Technical High School
 
Community Building Phase
Oct. 15th: Social Action Planning
Building off their planning the previous day, Team Salmon continued to develop their plans and draw on their experiences in the USA.
Oct 14: Planning for the Big Project
The team made the journey to meet up for a weekend and plan for their Social Action Project of being medical clowns. They divided the project responsibilities up over pizza!
Aug 27: Starting to Plan a Project
The team came together for a second day with breathing activities and planning. They decided to volunteer as medical clowns - clowns who go into hospital to entertain little kids. A current medical clown volunteer came to their meeting to describe it.
Aug 26: Sitting Together
Almost a month after their return home, Team Salmon met at one of their leaders home to reconnect over some delicious food! After an evening of reconnecting, the team prepared to meet again the next day.
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Skill Building Phase
Rame Technical High School
Founded:

19859

Neighborhood:

Hazafon, Israel

 

Community Demographics:

Rame High School is a co-educational institute serving the population of 20 surrounding Arab villages. Their school is a mixed religion institute of Christians, Muslims, and Druze. Their students come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Their curriculum offers unique majors such as agriculture, medical studies, and computer engineering.

Ma'ale Shaharut Regional School
Founded:

1985

Neighborhood:

The Arava, Israel

Mission:

To service the educational needs of all the area’s children in a framework which encourages community involvement at all levels. Our educational program is rich and varied in an attempt to overcome the deficits resulting from our distance from centers of education and culture.

Community Demographics:

Ma’ale Shaharut High School serves mostly Jewish– Israeli students living in kibbutz communities in the southern part of Israel. A kibbutz is a collective community, traditionally based on agriculture, that shares the responsibility for the welfare of each member, and ownership of its means of production and consumption.

2017-18 Teams

 
 
LeoSis: Sisters of Nazareth School/Leo Baeck Education Center
Dec 17th - Seeing Everyone We Love
For their last meeting, LeoSis invited the Change Leaders (the 2016 FFI team), and alumni Ben, Aya, and Shachar to celebrate and have fun. This meeting brought together young people from many years and showed the progression of impact the program has on them. Congratulations to LeoSis for finishing the program!
Dec 17th - Social Action, Part 2
This part of the project happened at a different youth club. The team planned and lead activities with the kids, including a juggling workshop and sports. Both the group and the kids had so much fun, in fact, the kids didn’t want LeoSis to leave!
Nov 20th - Social Action, Part 1
LeoSis’ social action project took place at Kids in Danger Youth Clubhouse in Haifa, a center for Arab at-risk children. The team worked with some of the older kids to paint walls with colorful themes and clouds. The time there was filled with laughter and singing. One special moment came when Yuval lifted one of the children on his shoulders so they could reach a higher spot on the wall!
Oct 30 - Social Action Project
Alumnus Ben Ben-Ami joined LeoSis for this meeting at Leo Baeck. The group filled out a Social Action Project Grant form to request help from FFI in funding their project. LeoSis also arranged dates for the project that would work for the group to attend.
Sept 7 - Social Action Project
This time LeoSis met in a park in Haifa. They began developing a budget and action plan for their project. LeoSis decided to continue working with the same organization that the 2016-17 team worked with. They’re excited to get past the planning and start doing.
Aug 30 - Parents' Meeting
During a meal, the team shared their experiences in the U.S. with the assembled parents through stories and photos. Afterwards, the parents helped the team choose their Social Action Project. Determining their project has helped the team understand that their actions can make a difference!
Aug 11 - Social Action Ideas
At their first Community Building Meeting, the team discussed plans for future meetings, including a Parents Meeting, and started brainstorming their Social Action Project. The meeting also offered a chance for the team to reconnect after several weeks apart following their Skill Building Phase.
Aug 6th - Debrief
At their first Community Building Meeting, the team discussed plans for future meetings, including a Parents Meeting, and started brainstorming their Social Action Project. The meeting also offered a chance for the team to reconnect after several weeks apart following their Skill Building Phase.
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 Wall Breakers: Al Galil Municipal School/Carmel Zvulun High School
Feb 17th: Short Film Creation
The Wall Breakers came together to create a short video about their FFI experiences.
Dec 18th- Christmas Time in Nazareth
“We want you to visit us very often, not once or twice but a million times!” That was what one of the girls at the shelter the team visited had to say at the end of the visit. The team started the day by visiting the Christmas Market in Nazareth and learning about the Christian traditions of Christmas. Then they traveled to the children’s shelter and interacted with the kids there. The Wall Breakers played games and sang songs with the kids and then had “Santa” come by and give out chocolates
Dec 1st - Making Videos with Kids
The team spent a day with kids with autism making videos using Animoto and just spending time together. Once the videos were made they had a video screening and showed the kids all the films they helped make. Overall it was a fun day and the team really got to bond with the kids.
Nov 14 - Presenting the Program
The Wallbreakers came together on November 14th to present at Carmel Zvulun School. The students and their teachers presented about FFI along with a delegation that went to Austria to an auditorium filled with 120 tenth graders, some of whom will participate in the delegations next summer. Each group showed a short video and answered questions about their trips. At the end, 3 FFI alumni also talked about FFI and our programs. The presentation excited the 10th graders, who asked many questions.
Sept 13 - Parents' Meeting
Two months after returning home, Team Wall Breakers had their first Community Building Meeting. The meeting began with big smiles and hugs for the friends they had made over the summer. Together the team shared a meal with their parents and presented photos and videos from the trip.
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Peace Squad: Ma'ale Shaharut High School/Rame Technical High School
Jan 22nd: Presenting the Soap
The group spoke to the Eilat Rotary Club before traveling to an elderly home in Yotvata to present the homemade soap to the residents.
Nov 23rd-24th: Soap Making
During this meeting the team made the soap for their Social Action Project. They also participated in a local olive harvest.
Oct 27th: Social Action Planning
The team discussed how they did not get permission for their original social action project and decided on making olive oil soap in the north and distributing in the south. They also took a tour of Pekin village to learn more about the Druze culture.
Oct 26th: Ahmad's House
The team visited Ahmad’s house for lunch. His family took them on a tour of the local area to learn about the Bedouin lifestyle, their culture and traditions.
Sept 29th: Visiting Arava Region
This meeting was a chance for the Ma'ale Shaharut students to show their friends some of the less well-known parts of the Arava Region. The group traveled by bus to the Hay-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve where they got to see native wildlife. Their teachers observed that the team naturally sat next to their friends from the other community and used the bus ride as a chance to catch up and just enjoy each other’s company.
Sept 29th: Presenting Program
This meeting centered around presentations at the Ma'ale Shaharut School. Peace Squad gave their presentations in 3 groups and told the assembled students about the program and their Social Action Project. The classes were highly engaged and asked many questions which the team handled well. Even some of the quieter team members opened up about their experiences!
Sept 28th: Social Action Project
Peace Squad held their first Community Building Meeting to discuss their Social Action Project on September 28th. They got off to a slow start as some of them were unsure of the proposed project, cleaning up a local beach. One student, Zohar, defended the idea and got the team to move forward. Once they landed on a plan the team divided the project into parts for implementation.
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