Little Hearts in a big city – Jerusalem preschool nurtures reconciliation
Kehilanews.com, Estera Wieja
Apr 6, 2019
The demographic of Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating ones in the world.
It may not be as diverse as Toronto (which is considered to be the most diverse city in the world), but it sure is more complicated than the Canadian metropolis.
For centuries Jerusalem has attracted merchants, armies and spiritual leaders from around the world. Many have settled in the land, while others come and go.
In a way, so it is to this day. While the Old City of Jerusalem is split between Jews, Muslims, Christians and Armenians, one does not need to walk far from the city gates to come across compounds inhabited predominantly by Ethiopian Jews or the Russian Orthodox, to name a few.
With hundreds of diplomats and international expats thrown in the mix, it is no surprise that the unique diversity is true of every generation in the city – including children.
Aware of this cultural wealth, one remarkable preschool in Jerusalem is paving a way in helping different groups of the society interact and integrate. The ‘Little Hearts’ school program created a loving and nurturing environment that models unity amongst the Arab, Jewish and International populations of Jerusalem.