Building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health




Understanding the work of Project Rozana in the wider Canadian community has been an important, ongoing task of the Project Rozana Canada Board.

Early November 2019, it was represented at the 4th Biennial JSpaceCanada Conference held earlier this month in Toronto, by its Vice-Chair Karen Goldenberg and board member Jon Allen (pictured above).

JSpaceCanada is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, progressive Jewish organisation that acts as a centre for discussions of social justice, peace and civil rights in Israel and Canada. Its year-round programs include film screenings, panel discussions, parlour meetings, rallies, and briefings from leading commentators and government officials.

The theme of the conference was ‘From Indifference to Making a Difference’. The Project Rozana session was titled, ‘Tikkun Olam, Human Rights, Equity and Healing’, and was moderated by Jon Allen, a former Canadian Ambassador to Israel.

Karen and Jon were part of a panel that included community leaders…

  • Amal Elsana, Executive Director of International Community Action Network at McGill (ICAN) and professor of Social Work at McGill University.
  • Ifat Baron, Executive Director of Israeli NGO ITWorks.
  • Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice.

Karen presented the history of Project Rozana and discussed the three main pillars of its work. She told the audience,

“After the presentations, many expressed an interest in getting involved and support for the concept of building bridges (between Israelis and Palestinians) through health. As this conference illustrated, support for activities to promote a shared society continues to grow. There is strong commitment and support to expand our reach and raising funds for our Treatment, Training and Transport projects.”