American Friends of Neve Shalom-Wahat Al-Salam, Inc.

Because you Believe in Peace!

aka The Oasis of Peace   |   Glendale, CA   |  http://www.oasisofpeace.org

Mission

Supporting the projects of NSWAS, strengthening a shared society between Palestinians and Jews through education, engagement and activism.

Notes from the nonprofit

At American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, we believe that no matter which age or program, all Israelis and Palestinians benefit when children and adults are inoculated against racism and intolerance, becoming “door openers" in their extended family and networks, daily reinforcing mutual respect, inclusion, and compassion. Your support can keep the wheels under this mission-driven wagon.

Ruling year info

1988

Co-President

Rev. Gordon Webster

Vice President

Joan Waller

Main address

229 North Central Ave 4th Floor #401

Glendale, CA 91203 USA

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EIN

13-3441742

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AFNSWAS is committed to cost-effective practices and transparency. For more than 35 years, AFNSWAS has depended on outreach through mail, public presentations and reports to educate the public about our mission. The mission of AFNSWAS –to support the work of the Primary School, the School for Peace and the Pluralistic Spiritual Center in strengthening a shared society between Israeli Palestinians and Jews through education, engagement and activism – thereby reducing and transforming conflict, begins with outreach and education, but may also include requests for contributions to support that mission. As a result, and in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, we allocate a portion of our outreach costs to program services and to fundraising. We are committed to ensuring our donor's money is spent as effectively and transparently as possible.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School for Peace

Established in 1979, the School for Peace is an integral part of the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam's mission to build relationships between Palestinians and Jews through communication and respect. The School for Peace brings together Palestinian and Israeli, youth and adults, with diverse and often diametrically opposed ideological backgrounds for youth encounter workshops, women courses, teacher trainings, and facilitator trainings.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NSWAS' primary school was the first bilingual and
bicultural school in Israel and has been the model for the few others that
exist now. Children are taught both in Hebrew and Arabic, learning about the
two cultures and celebrating each other's traditions. Approximately 250
children come from the village and its surrounding area everyday to attend the
school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

"Doumia-Sakinah," or the Pluralistic
Spiritual Center, provides a framework for spiritual reflection on issues at
the core of the Middle East conflict and the search for its resolution. Its
programs focus on open, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and the
advancement of peace.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Young Leadership Training
Program (YLTP) creates a cohesive group of young leaders, able to
facilitate groups in binational/bilingual contexts; and creates the context for
social initiatives benefiting the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam’s community as
well as the new communities they evolve in.

During this program, 15 to 20
high school students are trained to take leadership roles in their communities (at home and
at school in particular), as well as to run community service initiatives that
advance the community’s overall mission of creating a more egalitarian and just
society.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Oasis Art Gallery at NSWAS opened in 2015 and is, in this remarkable community that touches thousands of children and adults annually, the center that provides opportunities for expressive, non-verbal learning, teaching and action. The Oasis Art Gallery holds exhibitions offering viewers windows into compassion and social justice; artist working-sessions open to the public and public lectures/ discussions with historians and researchers providing additional lenses on context and connections. Through sculpture, painting, photography, collage, the artists connect the viewers with experiences universal and particular.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works, every day, toward supporting a genuine and durable peace between Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis. We believe the best way to achieve such a peace is to develop support for and publicize the life-changing projects of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a community of Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel who have chosen to live and work together as equals.
With 32 years of experience and a growing global community, the educational institutions of Neve Sha-lom/ Wahat al-Salam work continuously to create and sustain active, problem-solving dialogue on social, cultural, and political issues, dedicating its efforts to promoting trust, understanding, and respect well beyond its own borders.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam's institutions -- the bilingual/binational/multicultural Primary School, the School for Peace, the Pluralistic Spiritual Community Center, the Nadi Youth Center and now the World Peace College -- work to serve the village and beyond, reaching thousands of Jewish and Palestinian youth and adults each year, and tens of thousands in total.

Newsletters, program-specific brochures and updates provided quarterly to full list via postal mailing and social media. These include information about the conflict, specific information about the programs of NSWAS that address the conflict, along with requests to support these programs.

*communicated more effectively in print and electronic media, through targeted press releases and 'e blasts', describing the impact of individuals from the Oasis of Peace as well as the accomplishments of the better-known educational projects of the village.
*launched our long-awaited active Facebook presence
*began the redesign of our website, print and email newsletters and our various fundraising materials to make them more user-friendly.
To help our donors support Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam's needs into the future, we are developing Planned Giving opportunities.

Awards: The Village has won many international awards and has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

We, here in the United States, can do our part by making their work possible, by offering what support we can so that the schools, programs and projects of Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam can grow in response to the need.

We ask everyone to join hands with us in this work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    New Website and Sharing stories about the village

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Friends of Neve Shalom-Wahat Al-Salam, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gordon Webster

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam

Term: 2016 - 2021


Board co-chair

Joan Waller

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam

Term: 2016 - 2021

Deborah First

Professor (emeritus) Nazareth College

Judith Tuller

Smith Barney

Richard Goodwin

Goodwin Enterprises

Gordie Fellman

Brandeis University

Susan Lurie

No Affiliation

Herb Adelman

Joan Waller

American Friends of NSWAS

Barbara Ridberg

Robert Green

American Friends of NSWAS

Judith Dubin

American Friends of NSWAS

Ashraf Hussein

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam

Rola Karam

Board of directors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2021

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