Based on the ethos of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam (NSWaS), our mission is to advance social equity and cohesion in both Israel and the United Kingdom.
We fundraise and raise awareness through events, newsletters, presentations, talks, visits of delegates from the community. We make applications to Trusts, inter-governmental organisations and other bodies to fund particular projects.
Born a Jew in Egypt, Bruno Hussar joined the Dominican Order in 1953.
When his work took him to Israel, his experiences of the conflict led him to the vision of creating a place where as co-citizens of Israel, Jews and Arab Palestinians (both Christian and Muslim) would live together, bringing up their families together in peace.
In 1972 the dream became a reality when the first couple came to join him on a barren and waterless hillside.
The ethical background of the community was to create a place of peaceful co-existence between Palestinian and Jewish Israelis of the three Abrahamic faiths. The peace projects, which were established from the earliest days, seek to challenge extremism through educational programmes and to de-radicalise negative elements in Israeli society through dialogue.
Come and see the community for yourself to meet the people and learn about the work.
If you are planning to go to Israel in the next few weeks or months, and would like to visit NSWaS, we can put you in contact with Rita Boulos, the visit co-ordinator. Contact us.
The community is ideally located for visitors who wish to use it as a centre from which to explore the country. It provides a welcoming place for people from all over Israel as well as other countries. Individuals and families enjoy its simple accommodation, swimming pool (open in the summer months) and walks in the surrounding countryside. Groups also use it for conferences and cultural and spiritual gatherings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Through a generous donation, NSWaS now has its own library and study centre.
The beautifully designed building is an outstanding facility for everyone: people within the village and also academics in Israel and globally.
A 10-min presentation of the binational community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam in Israel. The "Oasis of Peace" is the only community in the country where Palestinians and Jews choose to live, work and raise their children together in equality and mutual respect.
Judge Laurence Brass (Vice Chair)
Sir Andrew Burns KCMG (Chair)
Tony Hyams (Hon Treasurer)
Rev Keith McNicol
Anthony Warshaw (Hon Secretary)
Dr Jack Omer-Jackaman (Executive Director)
Dr Margaret Brearley
Louise Ellman MP
Rabbi Helen Freeman
Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE
The Baronness Perry of Southwark
Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon
Dr Terry Waite CBE
The Lord Woolf of Barnes
Rabbi Alexandra Wright