Mahapach-Taghir is a feminist, grassroots Jewish-Arab organization for social change. Our overall goal is to promote a shared society with equal socio-economic, educational and gender opportunities for all.
We do this by:
• Strengthening the agency of marginalized Arab and Jewish communities through community organizing of residents and learning centers for children;
• Promoting solidarity between marginalized social
groups, as well as social justice and equality, through mutual learning meetings between different communities.
• Facilitating participatory democracy and a more effective local governance, through partnerships between the residents and local authorities.
The Learning Community is at the heart of every Mahapach-Taghir community. This holistic, inclusive educational model strives to provide equal opportunities to children and youth in marginalized neighborhoods, while encouraging the civic participation of local residents, parents, and university students. Emphasis is placed on building self-esteem, group activities, individual nurturing, alternative methods of acquiring reading and writing skills, and principles of critical pedagogy.
We work every year with over 600 children and their families, as well as 200 women and 120 academic students, in eight communities across Israel. The Jewish communities: Florentine (South Tel Aviv); Yad Eliyaho (South Tel Aviv); Shikuney Talpyot (Jerusalem); Nazareth Illit (Nof Hagalil). The Arab communities: Tamra, Yaffat
el-Nasra, Maghar and Baka el-Garbiya.