Who We Are
Givat Haviva Educational Foundation (GHEF) is a nonprofit that supports the peace-building work of Givat Haviva in Israel, an NGO dedicated to strengthening relations between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens.
We believe that the future of Israel should be based on mutual responsibility, civic equality, and a shared vision of the future. Our mission is to enhance Israel's democracy by putting forth the building blocks of a society shared equally by all Israelis.
What We Do
Givat Haviva brings together the Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. We help these divided communities to work together to meet common goals while emphasizing dialogue, mutual support, and empowerment.
We do this through cross-community projects, leading training and capacity-building activities, facilitating seminars, workshops, and conferences, and ultimately, by working to make real change happen on the ground.
Below are just a few of our programs:
Hebrew Language Enrichment
Strengthening the Hebrew of
Israel's Arab Middle Schoolers
Low-level Hebrew holds many Israeli Arabs back socially, professionally, and academically. To help fix this, Givat Haviva sends Jewish, native Hebrew-speaking educators into Arab middle schools to teach weekly Hebrew lessons. These educators do more than simply improve their students’ Hebrew. 68% of participants said their Hebrew teacher was their first positive encounter with a Jewish person and 92% said their relationship with their Hebrew teacher improved how they viewed Jews!