Today, the courses ended (except for the Hebrew course for Palestinians that will continue through August). We had a party to celebrate our efforts in learning Arabic and Hebrew in these intensive and not-that-easy classes.
Most of the participants wanted to ensure that these important language trainings will also be provided next year. Indeed, thanks to the donors of the Jerusalem Foundation, we are able to assure this. Our approach, focusing on the needs of professionals, is well proven. This year we insisted that the Jewish participants, while learning the spoken dialect, will also learn to read basic Arabic – street signs, names and newspaper titles. This addition to the courses was most appreciated by the participants.
The party was held, as usual, in our beautiful garden. This year it was well timed with our mulberry tree… It has the sweetest fruits in the city! From the informal conversations, as well as the formal speeches – all made in Arabic! – we could tell that the participants appreciate the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center as a unique organization in Jerusalem: A place where professionals, who devote themselves to the transformation of Jerusalem to a more just city for all its residents, can form relations and networks for their mutual benefit.