"Building Heart: It Takes a Community"
Join shared society educator Usnat Atamna to learn about the state of Jewish-Arab relations among youth in the north of Israel. Usnat works as a group facilitator at the Givat Haviva Educational Institute where she creates opportunities for dialogue among Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youth. Last summer Usnat accompanied the Heart to Heart 2014 participants on their trip to Canada, and she now works with them to continue their group process back in Israel. She is Palestinian Arab with Israeli citizenship and lives in the Palestinian Arab Israeli town of Bakka, located in the Shulash region. Usnat will be speaking about her experiences working with Palestinian and Jewish Israeli youth, the current state of relations among Israel's diverse communities, and why she has chosen to pursue this work.
Karen Mock is a human rights consultant, well known as a dynamic lecturer, workshop coordinator and facilitator. She was Executive Director and CEO of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation from 2001 to 2005 and prior to that was National Director of the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada for twelve years, as well as executive director of the League’s Human Rights Education and Training Centre, after several years as a teacher educator.