Different Together is an artistic educational project, aimed at inculcating values of equality, tolerance, recognition of the other and coexistence.
The Israeli project is an extension of the Embracing Our Differences initiative, which was founded a decade ago in Sarasota, Florida, and has since been running successfully throughout the United States.
This is the second year of Different Together – that has been founded in Israel by The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism, with the support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, which raised the funds to finance the project.
The project has been supported by Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, the mayor, Ron Huldai, the deputy mayor, Asaf Zamir, and the Mayor’s Advisor for Foreign Affairs, Eitan Scwhartz, and has been established collaboratively with the Education Department of the municipality.
20 schools throughout Tel Aviv-Yafo and its surroundings have participated in the project, and submitted hundreds of artworks made by elementary and high school students.
Last year, the best artworks were enlarged to billboard size, and were presented at an outdoor exhibit in Jaffa Port, The exhibit was seen by thousands of visitors
In the coming years, based on the success of the project in Florida, we plan to expand our activity to other regions throughout Israel, and hope that the artwork process and the exhibitions will be associated by a curriculum focused on values of accepting the other and coexistence. These days, when the delicate fabric that holds the Israeli society together is threatened, we believe that promoting this project and the values it encourages, among school students, is of great importance.