What We Do

Healing Across the Divides supports projects that promote the health of Israelis and Palestinians while helping to forge inter-agency cooperation that furthers mutual understanding. Projects are chosen based on their ability to most efficiently impact health in the communities in which they operate and their potential to function independently following a period of support by Healing Across the Divides. Our support comes in the form of financial, technical and organizational assistance.

Our Projects

2004 – 2017

Empowering Women Through Health
Empowering Women Through Health
Helping women gain better access to healthcare and education to insure that the voices, skills and knowledge of women are incorporated into the discussions and decision making in their families and communities.
Treating and Preventing the Spread of AIDS
Treating and Preventing the Spread of AIDS
Providing treatment and support to HIV-positive refugees and their families while preventing further spreading of the virus.
Ending Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls
Ending Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls
Battling domestic violence and sexual abuse through awareness campaigns, local intervention programs and personal empowerment training, especially among Bedouin communities.
Safeguarding Children and Youth
Safeguarding Children and Youth
Supporting preventative efforts that promote physical safety, combat drug addiction, expand family planning programs and prevent domestic violence.
Supporting African Refugees in Israel
Supporting African Refugees in Israel
Establishing family planning and other women’s health services for African refugees and asylum seekers and advocating for community members who are HIV-positive.
Promoting Empowerment and Self-Management of Diabetes
Promoting Empowerment and Self-Management of Diabetes
Lowering rates of chronic disease by empowering individuals to take greater responsibility for their health and promoting active engagement in the improvement of one’s well-being.
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Empowering Women Through Health Initiatives

Helping women gain better access to healthcare and education to insure that the voices, skills and knowledge of women are incorporated into the discussions and decision making in their families and communities. 

Grants Awarded:

  • Al – Tufula: Promoting nutrition-based wellness and expansion of health rights for Arab women in northern Israel.
  • Al-Manal/Kokhav/Mifras b Galil: (Head to Toe) Empowering disabled Arab and Jewish women to take control of their health and sexuality while promoting disability rights in northern Israel.
  • Beit Natan: Increasing mammography rates and supporting breast cancer awareness among Orthodox Jewish women in Jerusalem.
  • Beterem: Empowering Arab and Jewish grandmothers to prevent childhood domestic accidents in their communities.
  • Dar Al Kalima: Expanding health and wellness through exercise and nutrition for young women in the Bethlehem district of the West Bank.
  • Hadassah Optimal: Supporting health and wellness of young mothers and their babies with the help of neonatal nurses in northern Israel.
  • Hiyot: (Arabic for “life”) Training Ethiopian Jewish teens and mothers in sexual health and wellbeing.
  • Ilabun: Promoting women’s health and wellness for Arab communities in northern Israel.
  • Israel Association of Community Centers: Promoting women’s health and health awareness for orthodox women outside of Jerusalem.
  • Kayan: Expanding health rights of Palestinian women in northern Israel through civic engagement.
  • Ma’an: (Arabic for “together”) Preventing domestic violence against Bedouin women and girls in southern Israel.
  • Ne’eman: Increasing awareness about the risks of stroke among women in Israel.
  • One In Nine: Saving lives by increasing mammography rates and breast cancer awareness among ultra-Orthodox Jewish women.
  • Physicians for Human Rights Israel: Expanding health promotion activities among marginalized Russian women in Beersheva.
  • Palestine Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD): Providing psychosocial support to combat PTSD among Palestinian women and children in the West Bank.
  • Rahat: Working to educate Bedouin women in southern Israel about the importance of healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Women Against Violence: Promoting women’s health rights among Arab women in Nazareth and the Galilee.
  • Women’s Studies Center: Providing psychological support to Palestinian women living in East Jerusalem and Silwan.
  • Yasmin El Negev: Empowering Bedouin women in Israel to create social change that will impact the overall well-being of their community.
  • Mesila: Providing family planning services and women’s empowerment training for African refugees in Tel Aviv.

Ending Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls

Battling domestic violence and sexual abuse through awareness campaigns, local intervention programs and personal empowerment training, especially among Bedouin communities.

Grants Awarded:

  • Ma’an: (Arabic for “together”) Preventing domestic violence again Bedouin women and girls in southern Israel.
  • Women Against Violence: Promoting women’s health rights among Arab women in Nazareth and the Galilee.
  • Yasmin El Negev: Empowering Bedouin women in Israel to create social change that will impact the overall well-being of their community.
  • Al-Manal/Kokhav/Mifras b Galil: (Head to Toe) Empowering disabled Arab and Jewish women to take control of their health and sexuality while promoting disability rights in northern Israel.
  • Mesila: Providing family planning services and women’s empowerment training for African refugees in Tel Aviv.

Supporting African Refugees in Israel

Establishing family planning and other women’s health services for African refugees and asylum seekers and advocating for community members who are HIV-positive.

Grants Awarded:

  • IATF/ASSAF: A partnership between IATF (Israel AIDS Task Force) and ASSAF (Association for Asylum Seekers in Israel, Hebrew for “gathered”) supporting HIV-positive refugees from Africa and preventing further spread of the virus.
  • Mesila: Providing family planning services and women’s empowerment training for African refugees in Tel Aviv.

Treating and Preventing the Spread of AIDS

Providing treatment and support to HIV-positive refugees and their families while preventing further spreading of the virus.

Grants Awarded:

  • IATF/ASSAF: A partnership between IATF (Israel AIDS Task Force) and ASSAF (Association for Asylum Seekers in Israel, Hebrew for “gathered”) supporting HIV-positive refugees from Africa and preventing further spread of the virus.

Safeguarding Children and Youth

Supporting preventative efforts that promote physical safety, combat drug addiction, expand family planning programs and prevent domestic violence.

Grants Awarded:

  • Beterem: Empowering Arab and Jewish grandmothers to prevent childhood domestic accidents in their communities.
  • Hadassah Optimal: Supporting health and wellness of young mothers and their babies with the help of neonatal nurses in northern Israel.
  • Hiyot: (Arabic for “life”) Training Ethiopian Jewish teens and mothers in sexual health and wellbeing.

Promoting Empowerment and Self-Management of Diabetes

Lowering rates of chronic disease by empowering individuals to take greater responsibility for their health and promoting active engagement in the improvement of one’s well-being.

Grants Awarded:

  • The Galilee Society: Lowering diabetes rates among Arab communities in northern Israel.
  • Bet Shemesh: Promoting health rights for Israeli Jews.
  • Palestine Medical Relief Society:  Improving diabetes care for men and women in 14 West Bank villages.
  • Tene Briut: (Amharic and Hebrew for “health”) Preventing diabetes among Ethiopian Jews in northern Israel.
  • Family Defense Society (FDS): Diabetes prevention and wellness training for Palestinian men and women in the West Bank.
  • Caritas: Preventing chronic disease and diabetes among underserved Palestinian men and women in and around Jerusalem.
  • Friends by Nature: Using local gardens to help Ethiopian Jewish women improve their health through nutrition.
  • Sha’ab: Raising awareness about the genetic impact of interfamilial marriage.

Information on Current Grants Awarded

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  • The Israeli Association of Community Centers (2012 – 2015 Grantee) The Israel Association of Community Centers in Israel promotes women’s health in the ultra-orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof by raising awareness about women’s health needs on a community-wide level and cooperating with local religious authorities to change attitudes about women’s health.
  • Friends by Nature (2012 – 2014 Grantee) Friends by Nature is helping to empower Israeli Ethiopian women to play active roles in promoting women’s and family health issues in their families and communities, along with battling new challenges facing Ethiopians in Israel such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure by reconnecting families to traditional Ethiopian foods and active lifestyles.
  • Yasmin Al-Nagab (2012 – 2015 Grantee) Yasmin Al-Nagab for the Health of Women and Family is a community-based grassroots organization founded by a group of Bedouin Arab women with backgrounds in medicine, law, education, and social welfare to enhance the health of the rural Bedouin women of Al-Nagab ‎‎(the Negev) desert in southern Israel.
  • Head to Toe: A Joint Project of Arab and Jewish Women with Disabilities (2012 – 2015 Grantee) Many disabled young women—especially those in Israel’s Arab and orthodox-Jewish sectors—are not given the tools to properly care for their health. Head to Toe supports such women by empowering them to take greater responsibility for their bodies despite their disabilities.
  • Hiyot (Amharic for “Life”) (2012 – 2014 Grantee) Hiyot helps Ethiopian-Israeli teenage girls become agents of change in their communities and among their peers and families in order to spread knowledge and legitimize discussion of sexual health issues generally considered off-limits in traditional Ethiopian society.
  • The Rahat Women’s Association (2012 – 2014 Grantee) A women-supporting-women non-profit serving the largest Bedouin community in Israel and the world, the Rahat Women’s Association empowers Bedouin women in Israel’s Negev to take charge of their lives, become productive members of society, and build a future for themselves that they would once have deemed impossible.
  • The Ne’eman Association for the Prevention of Strokes and the Support of Stroke Victims (2015 Grantee) Ne’eman was founded by a group of stroke victims to provide support other stroke victims and their families while promoting prevention and intervention programs for the larger population.
  • Hadassah Optimal (2012 – 2015 Grantee) Improving the health of young women and their families in northern Israel though the training of Mother and Child Health Clinic nurses (“Tipat Halav”) in the importance of proper nutrition and regular physical activity.
  • Dar Al-Kalima and the “Fit for Life” Program (2012 – 2015 Grantee) Bethlehem based-Dar Al-Kalima works to promote individual and community health in response to specific community needs through the establishment of service facilities and programs that allow individuals to take proactive roles in maintaining their well-being.
  • One in Nine (2012 – 2015 Grantee) One in Nine works to raise awareness for early detection of breast cancer amongst Israel’s disadvantaged communities and orthodox Jewish sector in particular, while providing support to those who have been diagnosed with the illness.
  • The Women’s Studies Center (2012 – 2013 Grantee) The Women’s Studies Center is a Jerusalem-based human rights organization working to transform prevailing social attitudes towards women in Palestinian society and provide psychological support to women in need.

Former Grantees

  • Caritas Chronic Disease Program Caritas Chronic Disease Program exponentially increases the impact of community-based chronic self-management in the Palestinian towns of Kufr Malik, Deir Abu Mash’ai, Abboud, and Shaqba in the West Bank.
  • Mesila: Empowerment and Family Planning for Women in the Asylum Seeking Community This is a jointly funded effort with United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and it began in the fall of 2016. This project focuses on women of the asylum seeker community and will include a network of women from the community who, after intensive training, will become the primary resource for women on family planning and women’s rights. Mesila is also working to have women’s organizations in Israel make their services available to the refugee community.
  • The Family Defense Society Nablus / Refugee Camp Chronic Disease Program A unique collaborative effort with Healing Across the Divides to incorporate physical health improvement into FDS’s longstanding interventions to improve life and decrease obesity in Palestinian refugee camps and the city of Nablus.
  • Al-Maqdese “Unplugged”: Drug Abuse Prevention for Palestinian Youth Professor Rawson identified an Arabic speaking professional expert in Unplugged to provide training to Al-Maqdese staff, the police department and Directorate of Education. Because of travel restrictions, Dr. Nael Hassan, an Egyptian psychiatrist living in Abu Dhabi provided the 12 training sessions by Skype. one of the main challenges (and benefits) of the program is that participating schools are located in the Al-Ram area of Jerusalem. This area is a grey zone, meaning it is not under the control of either the Palestinian or Israeli authorities, thus it is virtually lawless with a large population and widespread presence of drugs and weapons.
  • The Ma’an Forum for Bedouin Women in the Negev Ma’an (Arabic for “together”) was established by members of Israeli’s Bedouin community to reduce the alarmingly high rates of gender-based physical and sexual abuse in Bedouin Arab society by providing advocacy and support services and developing rights awareness to combat gender abuse and discrimination on a broader scale.
  • IATF/ASSAF programs supporting refugees and asylum seekers living with HIV in Israel Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Israel who are HIV-positive, many of whom are survivors of torture, rape, and other abuses faced en route to Israel when escaping war and extreme poverty in Africa. The program also works to prevent further transmission of the disease and to mitigate the social stigma of HIV.
  • Beterem – Safe Kids Israel Working to decrease rates of child accidents and fatalities, which are especially high in Arab and Jewish ultra-orthodox communities. HATD’s unique, cross-generational and cross-cultural model trains Jewish and Arab grandmothers to become agents of community change for saving lives.
  • The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development Advocating for psychological well-being and health rights for Palestinian women and youth by providing psychological counseling and support to communities south of Hebron, the West Bank, who live under the daily pressures of occupation, warfare, domestic violence, and poverty.
  • The Kayan Feminist Organization Kayan helps further women’s rights and improve their health through leadership training programs in northern Israel, empowering hundreds of Arab women in dozens of communities to challenge the gender-based discrimination they face and better understand their gender-specific health needs.

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