The program offers a range of services to aid sheikhs in mediating conflicts within their communities:
- Development of a model for the sheikh within the community can integrate traditional mediation (sulha) together with modern professional mediation.
- Connecting between sheikhs and local Community Mediation and Dialogue Centers within Arab society, and mixed Jewish Arab cities, which are part of the local municipalities and supported by the Gishurim Program and Mosaica.
- Opportunities to participate in courses, trainings and professional development which are adapted to the needs of the sheikh on the topics of mediation and conflict resolution.
- Rising general awareness around the connection between sheikhs, as religious leaders, and the world of mediation.
The “Sheikhs as Mediators Program” also works with the Gishurim Program in managing two major annual events:
- Incorporating at least one special session relating to sheikhs and the Arab sector in the Gishurim Program’s annual Mediation Conference
- Dibur Hadash (national week of mediation and dialogue): Connecting sheikhs and their communities to mediation in general and specifically to their local Community Mediation and Dialogue Center.
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