Common Denominator Program:
Israel is a highly segregated society. Religious and secular, Arab and Jewish, and poor and wealthy students attend different schools and often live, shop and work in segregated environments. Leadership academies offering students intense residential educational programs in the year prior to their military service, are also segregated.
The Common Denominator Program is an annual project which brings students from different leadership academies together to investigate their identity, preconceived notions and political positions in relation to each other. Each meeting is devoted to a core theme. Some topic examples include: Racism in Israeli society, gender equality, and the challenges confronting Israeli democracy.
Annual number of participants: 450
Program duration: Annual (Monthly Meetings)
EMDA are two annual programs for leadership academies’ educators offering informal educational tools, and strengthening their knowledge of Israeli society, Judaism and Zionism. The program instills in educators a mission of Tikkun Olam (repair the world) and creates collaborations between diverse gap-year programs.
EMDA for leadership academies directors offers grants to pursue an educational project in the academy they direct.
EMDA for counselors begins with a week-long intensive residential seminar and continues with regular workshop and meetings.
EMDA is a collaboration of Yigal Allon Center with the World Zionist Organization, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, the Berl Katznelson Foundation, and the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Annual number of participants: 55
Program duration: 9 months