CAF operates in three main areas of activity:
1.) Civic engagement (operating deliberation and civic action groups, in which citizens from diverse groups address social issues and search together for solutions to common concerns)
CAF runs deliberative dialogue groups of professionals from the ultra-Orthodox, Arab and Ethiopian sectors. Groups are made up of social workers, religious leaders, school principals, attorneys and community lay leaders. The groups engage each other in in-depth learning about subjects related to their professions. They also create action plans together that they can work on jointly or simply support each other’s efforts in affecting social change in their communities or on a national level.
This year CAF is engaging in a joint project with the three ultra-Orthodox cities of B’nei Brak, Beit Shemesh and Elad. The project seeks to develop capacity for lay leaders to engage in civic activity within their local municipalities to help strengthen the foundations of a democratic culture by engaging the public in the decision-making process and in shaping the shared public space.
2.) Policy and advocacy (Jewish and Arab MKs: Study, Deliberation and Legislation Group)
CAF has established a group of Members of Knesset who meet regularly with CAF’s professional and lay groups to engage in joint learning and to develop possible policy recommendations on specific topics.
3.) Education and leadership development (working with Jewish and Arab youth and operating women’s empowerment programs)
CAF runs a Youth Parliament program which trains Jewish and Arab teens from the mixed cities of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, Ramle, Lod and Akko to become leaders within their communities who will work together to improve conditions in their cities and promote positive relations between their two communities.
CAF also conducts round-table events with professionals, lay leaders and academics as well as learning tours to other countries with MKs and others to further deliberate and develop our understanding of how best to create engagement and a shared public sphere within our polarized society.