Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart is a joint program of Givat Haviva in Israel and Hashomer Hatzair – Camp Shomria in Canada. Our mission is to support a new generation of young Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel to become leaders who recognize the importance of building a shared society, and possess the relationships and skills to make it a reality.
Our core program is the Heart to Heart summer program. Each year, a group of 20 youth aged 14-15, half Palestinian citizens of Israel and half Jewish citizens of Israel, are selected to participate in an immersive three-and-a-half-week camp-based program which runs in Canada at Camp Shomria in Perth, Ontario. The Heart to Heart camp program runs concurrently with Camp Shomria’s regular summer camp program. During camp, the group lives together and participates in relationship building activities and facilitated dialogue about the narratives, politics, and power dynamics that shape their daily lives back home. These activities are facilitated by Heart to Heart staff. The group also participates in full camp activities (sports, swimming, arts and crafts, games, etc.) with Camp Shomria campers led by Camp Shomria staff.
The summer program is complemented by programming in Israel prior to the summer and once the group has returned. Throughout the year following the summer program, the group works together to implement their “taking it home” project conceived during camp with the goal of taking leadership within their communities to build shared society. A conference for all Heart to Heart alumni is held annually at Givat Haviva.