Language is many things. It is the basis of interaction and communication; it serves as a bridge among people; it furthers understanding and acceptance of one another; it is the key to understanding another’s culture; it is power in the marketplace. Yet despite the fact that Arabic is one of the country’s two official languages few Jewish students have even the most rudimentary knowledge of it as opposed to Arab students who must have some basic knowledge of Hebrew in order to navigate day to day life in the Israel.
We seek to initiate Arabic language studies in Jewish schools in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Jewish students’ learning of Arabic will enable their Arab speaking peers to express themselves in their native tongue and even the playing field in dialogue and discussion.