Social Action
A nurse cares for a newborn in a shelter at Barzilai as a warning siren sounds for possible incoming rockets in Asheklon. Photo by Uri Lenz/FLASH90

Mud huts with plasma screens

By combining modernity and tradition, an NGO active with Bedouins and Jews in the Negev seeks to advance social and environmental justice for all.   Sometimes, when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – like when the government decides …

Big boys should cry

Tears are not a sign of weakness. They are an evolutionary adaptation designed to bring people closer together, according to an Israeli researcher. We cry when we are hurt, sad, or moved, but now an Israeli evolutionary biologist has shown …

Reintroducing carp in Uganda

An Israeli professor makes sure that kids in Uganda get protein with their greens in a unique project to reintroduce carp to the area.

Using faith to bring people together

An apolitical interfaith encounter association is bringing together radically different people of all faiths from Israel and the Palestinian Authority and discovering shared values among them. It’s the little things that can ultimately build trust and peace in the Middle …

Israel closes schooling gaps, US-style

A US system that is closing ethnically related social and economic gaps through schools at an unprecedented rate will soon be working its magic in Israel. Work hard. Be nice. Sounds like the advice your mother might give you when …

Everybody speaks football

Everybody speaks football

For two weeks a year, over 100 Israeli and Palestinian kids forget about their troubles and play ball. “Football is the most common language in the world,” says Ophir Zardok, Israeli co-founder of the Football Village of Hope. For the …

Feeling good and doing good on holiday

Israeli GoEco Tours blazes a trail in volunteer tourism for visitors to Israel and for Israelis who want to do good abroad. With GoEco Tours, an Israeli and world pioneer in the relatively new field of “volunteer tourism,” travel doesn’t …

A solar-powered COMET lights up Palestinian homes

A solar-powered COMET lights up Palestinian homes

As it succeeds in bringing electricity to off-grid Palestinian communities, the Israeli COMET project sends a clear message that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation can work. Palestinians in the south Mount Hebron region of the West Bank endure a complicated political situation and …

Drivers and doctors on the road to peace

A growing number of Palestinians are being personally chauffeured to life-saving medical appointments in Israel by volunteer Israeli drivers. It took more than half of her young life for doctors to diagnose two-year-old Aya Aiid Abo-Mois’s chronic kidney disease. Today, it’s …