Wednesday 10 February 2010
Beresheet at
Saint John's Arab School of Acre

כי מחשבה בוראת מציאות
Because thought makes reality
Perche' il pensiero crea realta'
لان الأفكار تخلق الحقيقة

Today we had a marvellous experience, we performed Beresheet at the Arab School in Acre in front of an audience of 300 mixed denomination Arab youngsters.

I had the privilege of meeting Father Quirico Calella through my friend Stefano Roversi. Stefano was serving with UNIFIL in Lebanon and put us in contact.

I discovered that besides being a delightful and courageous person, Father Quirico, of the Order of Franciscans, is the director of one of the best Arab schools in Israel: the Holy Land School of Acre.

Approximately 600 students from kindergarten to high school, Christians and Muslims.

After we met many times at engagements at the Italian Embassy, I went to visit him with Maria Grazia Balbiano before Christmas and she launched the idea that he invite Beresheet to be performed at his school.

Today, at last, this thought also came true.

This evening I received an extraordinary email from a young girl who attended the show. . .

more soon,

ITAL-UIL invites Beresheet to perform in Rome
 on the
26  of February 2010

Dear Beresheet LaShalom Foundation,
On February 26 the ITAL will organize in Rome at the Hotel Aran Mantegna its National Assembly to be attended by our representatives from around the world and from different regions of Italy.
It is a great pleasure to invite you to open the proceedings of our Assembly with the spectacle of theater and dance Beresheet conducted by young Jews and Arabs of the Galilee.
It will be for all of us an important opportunity for reflection on the value of dialogue and meeting as a means to reduce the fear and hatred between peoples.

ITAL-UIL President
Giampiero Bonifazi


(ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 22 - A work of non-fiction to address music, mime and dance, interpreted by 80 Israeli and Jordanian high school students to tell the story of suffering in conflicts and the hope for peace in the Middle East. These are the elements that come together in the show Beresheet ('In Principlé), which Thursday January 28 at 5.30pm, will bring youths from the school of Eilat and Aqaba to the Santa Chiara parish in Rome, expressing the essence of the path of encounters and dialogue during the 'Aqaba-Eilat Project: One More Step Towards Peace'. A project desired by the European Union and undertaken by the Italian Institute for University Cooperation, the NGO which, together with the collaboration of Angelica Edna Calò Livné, has managed to bring in recent years the show to Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Israel. Beginning in 2001, in Upper Galilee, where the offices of the educator and director Calò Livné are located, Beresheet LaShalom, the theatrical representation has the objective of creating dialogues and encounters for youths from different religions and backgrounds through the arts. "I hope that", Angelica Edna Calò Livné said, "these kids which have learned to speak together, start down a path of closer relations and exchange that will not be interrupted when the project is over. I imagine that tomorrow there will be doctors capable of working on the same staff, businessmen that bring important projects forward together, prominent women and men who will change things because they are aware that there are people just like them on the other side". At the end of the theatrical production played by the students of Sister Rosary in Aqaba and Izchak Rabin in Eilat there will be a meeting with representatives from the Roman Islamic and Jewish communities with volunteers from the Community of Sant'Egidio. (ANSAmed).
2010-01-22 10:12.

"Arcobaleno Juniors 2009/2010 Term"

A letter from Africa, Republic of Congo, 31 December 2009

Hi dearest mummy Edna CL
I hope that you are ok!
I inform that I succeeded to get the packet and to discover everything in. I read your personal letter to us. Virginia and I Welcome the idea that we have to construct a bridge between us...
We wish that this bridge be really strong and be full of great meanings...
All we say is: THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU!!!!
You know mummy we are sharing all these objects to our children to day because of the Christmas which is an event here....
We are very proud of you! And we thing that we are networking not only with Angelica but with please an angel! thanks for the CD you sent!
I follow in the news some images of Christmas in Palestine! it is good like a sign!
Let God almighty help us for all other things!!!!!
My greetings to Dr Yehuda and all your family!
Elesse and Virginia

مرحبا إلى الأم عدنة كالو ليبنة
آمل انك بخير,أعلمك أني نجحت في الحصول على الأغراض التي بعثتها وان كل شيء في داخل الصندوق.قرأت رسالتك الخاصة.فيرجينية وأنا نرحب بفكرة بناء جسر بيننا ...ونحن نأمل بان هذا الجسر يكون متين ومليء بالأشياء الايجابية...
كل ما نريد أن نقوله لك هو: شكرا جزيلا!شكرا جزيلا! وشكرا جزيلا.
تعلمين يا عدنة أننا نشارك كل ما اعطتينا مع أطفالنا اليوم لان احتفالات العيد هنا...
نحن فخورين جدا بك!ونحن نعلم أننا لا نتواصل فقط مع انجيليكا-عدنة ولكن أيضا مع ملاك!نشكرك على الاسطوانة!
وبعثت أيضا صور من عيد الميلاد في فلسطين!
يا ريت لو بمقدور ربنا العظيم أن يساعدنا في باقي الأشياء.
سلامي إلى زوجك يهودا ولكل أفراد عائلتك!
السي وفيرجينيا

מכתב תודה מאלסה ווירג'יניה – אפריקה
שלום לאמא עדנה קלו-ליבנה היקרה!
אני מקווה שאת בסדר,
אני מודיעה לך שהצלחתי לקבל את החבילה שלך, ושלמזלי הכל היה בפנים. קראתי את המכתב האישי שלך אלינו. ווירג'יניה ואני מקבלים בברכה את הרעיון שאנחנו צריכים לבנות גשר בינינו... אנו מקווים שהגשר הזה יהיה באמת חזק ויהיה מלא במשמעויות חיוביות... כל מה שאנו רוצים להגיד הוא: תודה רבה! תודה רבה! ושוב תודה רבה!!!
את יודעת עדנה, שאנו מחלקים את כל מה שהבאת לנו לילדינו היום, בגלל שאירועי חג המולד הגיעו... אנו מאוד גאים בך! ואנו חושבים שאנחנו מתקשרים לא רק עם עדנה-אנג'ליקה, אלא באותו זמן גם עם מלאך! תודה גם על הדיסק ששלחת. בנוסף למכתב התודה אני שולחת לך גם כמה תמונות מחג המולד ברשות הפלסטינית!
הלוואי שאלוהים הגדול יוכל לעזור לנו בכל הדברים האחרים,
ברכותיי גם לבעלך יהודה ולכל משפחתך,
אלסה ווירג'יניה.

Pinocchio in Hebrew and Arabic
From: telepaceholylandtv | November 09, 2009 |

The most famous puppet in the world in recent weeks has landed in Israel. The tale of Pinocchio, an original stage version, was in fact represented at Jaffa in Tel Aviv, in two languages: for Arab and Jewish children.

Watch the lovely service in Italian by Sara Fornari

Objective: To contribute to the peace process supported by the European Union in which the civil society can take part in establishing a new phase based on equity and reciprocity.

Goals: Improve the dialogue and mutual knowledge among the students of Rosary Sisters School of Aqaba and Rabin High School of Eilat.

Rabin School - Eilat, Israel & Rosary School - Aqaba, Jordan

  Aqaba - Eilat: “Cities in the Mirror”
“Beresheet” performance at Eilat

On November 8th, we performed “Beresheet” in Eilat, the southern most point in Israel.

Along with the Gariin Moriah members, 5 teens from the Arcobaleno travelled with us. We started our journey at 4 am from Mount Meron Field School in the Galilee, towards Eilat, and after 8 hours of driving we got to Matnas Sachmon (Sachmon Community Center) where we were to perform and started to prepare.

The show was a part of the Aqaba – Eilat: “Two Cities in the Mirror” program, which deal with communicating and progress towards peace. It was performed for 40 teens from Aqaba, Jordan and 40 teens from Eilat, Israel.

Edna Angelica Calo Livne, who saved the program from failure, had decided to bring us to perform in front of the teens (which have not met for 6 months) to plant hope with them to continue with the program.

The show was very successful, and in it we also combined a group of Aqaba teens who dance Debka and helped us to lead the audience to dance.

After the show the 80 teens were divided into 5 groups: dancing, theatre, singing, journalism and art. In each group were 2 of the Gariin members that led the teens to work on their grand finale project that will take place in January 2010.

The final project’s theme will be co-existence and tolerance, and will perform in both Aqaba and Eilat. The work in the various groups was great, and was fascinating to watch the Jordanian and Israeli teens collaborate and connect.

After the special activity at Rabin High School in Eilat, we went to a fun night in the never-sleeping city of Eilat, and stayed at the Eilat Field School Hostel. The following day we continued our tour on the promenade and at the beach in Eilat, and at noon we started to drive again to the north.

In the middle of the way we stopped for a delicious lunch and a fun visit at Ohad’s house (one of the Garin members), in Kibbutz Bet Nir, and after that we continued to the Galilee.

In summary, we really enjoyed the work with the teens, we experienced a lot of teaching experiences, and were charmed by the amazing teens who want to change the public’s consciousness and the reality.

We hope that we will be able to see the grand finale show of the project, performed by the Jordanian and Israeli teens, and we hope to inspired them to continue with the project.

Happy and excited, until next time – Ohad on behalf of Garin “Moriah”.




Saturday, November 7th, 2009
We shall present a performance of "Beresheet"
in memory of Omri Goldin,
killed in an attack in August 2002
at Meron when a terrorist blew himself up
on a bus.
His parents created a park in his name.

View Programme. . .

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hnat Sherut Crew at Mount Meron.

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