No two learning processes are the same... In learning sessions, lectures, and participatory activities, we engage with the Israeli-Palestinian region, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Through a critical educational process, we explore history, identity, politics, economics, spirituality and examine the interconnections between them. We build shared knowledge and understanding of the complex reality on the ground and envision our role in the struggle for a society rooted in justice and equality. Achvat Amim approaches learning from a place rooted in identity, and much of the learning is through a Jewish lens. Achvat Amim engages with Jewish history, thought, and culture from a multitude of perspectives as we build a diverse learning community and shared understandings
Ruchani - Spiritual Learning
Ruchani (spiritual-religious) learning is a component of Achvat Amim, with opportunities for learning and experiences of different kinds integrated throughout the five months. Ruchani learning can be incredibly meaningful even for those who did not initially think they were interested in this kind of engagement. The Ruchani components of Achvat emphasize spiritual development, Jewish learning, Jewish living, and emotionally grounding. Ruchani learning is for those who wants it -- with no background in Jewish learning, or a strong background, with baggage or without from previous Jewish education, or simply a thirst for spiritual exploration. The hope is that the inner-work and learning of Ruchani can help anchor and ground the activism and justice work done on the ground.
Participants learn Hebrew and Arabic in small and participatory group settings which are geared towards interaction and creative language learning techniques. This takes place in the This is Not an Ulpan program. We will work with you to determine your language level in Arabic and Hebrew so that you are in a positive and passionate learning space. The language learning is based in critical pedagogy and interactive education.
The group will have regular trips, seminars, and outdoor experiences throughout the region. We will run down sand dunes in the Negev desert, meet refugees in the West Bank, discuss politics with members of the urban kibbutz movement near Haifa and see the reality on the ground in Hebron. These trips are built as part of the participatory learning process, and so, in the nature of Achvat Amim-- we don't know yet what our next trip will look like! These trips are built along with our participants to meet their needs educationally, spiritually, and adventurously.