Formed: 1970 Established: 1977
This page last updated:4/10/2012
Wahat al-Salam ~ Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace)
Sherman Oaks, California,
(12925 Riverside Drive, 3rd Floor (American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam))
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Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom (pronounced wahat as-salaam/nevey shalom) is a cooperative village of Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship. Situated equidistant from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom was founded in 1972 on 100 acres of land leased from the adjacent Latrun Monastery. The first families came to live in the village in 1977. By 2010, 60 families had settled there. Eventually, the population is expected to reach 140 families.
The members of Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom are demonstrating the possibility of coexistence between Jews and Palestinians by developing a community based on mutual acceptance, respect, and cooperation. Democratically governed and owned by its members, the community is not affiliated with any political party or movement.
Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom gives practical expression to its vision through its various branches:
• The bilingual, bicultural school, founded in 1984, educates more than 250 children from the area, and works to establish this form of education as a viable model.
• The School for Peace, founded in 1979, conducts courses and seminars for Arab and Jewish youth and adults in Israel and from the Palestinian Authority.
• “Doumia-Sakinah,” the Pluralistic Spiritual Center, provides a framework for exploring religious, cultural, and spiritual resources that may be drawn upon in working and educating for peace.
• A hotel, with dining facilities and conference halls, offers comfortable accommodation and a variety of educational programs.
10-minute presentation of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
This page last updated:4/10/2012
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Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Our community does not provide land or housing and is therefore not subject to fair housing laws.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(Contact the village regarding application process)
By majority rule
(Elected secretariat + general assembly for major decisions)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Newcomers must lease land and build a home)
(Municipal taxes and fees, school tuition fees)
Land and Buildings
50 acres (20.2 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Muslims, Christians, Jews, agnostics, atheists)
Private school at the community
(Village school is state funded)
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