background

IDIA non-profit promotes
partnership-building dialogues
across Israeli communities
and with communities abroad

Not giving up on one another

We must change the way we dialogue

The evidence is spread out before us. We must find a way to co-exist in the present and forge a path towards a shared future. To achieve this common goal, we must change the way we dialogue; stop the blaming and defiance and start respectfully engaging. We need to learn how to listen – and how to speak so others will listen to us.

This is why we founded IDIA: We know that change is possible! We learned that attentive dialogue can become second nature. We form permanent, in-person, cross-community groups where members acquire conversational tools for engaging in attentive, effective dialogue. By applying these conversational tools, we positively influence those people we share our lives with: at home, at work, with our immediate communities. To reach more communities and wider circles, we model our IDIA dialogue on social media. We started groups comprised of members from the two communities representing the polarities that hold court over the public dialogue and our lives: left-right and secular-religious. Now, as IDIA graduates, we are turning to women from all Israeli backgrounds and communities – those living in the north and south, center and periphery, who are secular and religious, sabra and new olah, Druze, Bedouin and Arab, as well as communities in the diaspora. In the future, we will of course invite our fellow male community members to join the dialogue as well.

Let me know right away
if I'm disturbing you.
he said
as he stepped inside my door,
and I’ll leave the way I came.
Not only do you disturb me,
I answered,
You turn my whole world
upside down.
Welcome.
Let me know right away
if I'm disturbing you.
he said
as he stepped inside my door,
and I’ll leave the way I came.
Not only do you disturb me,
I answered,
You turn my whole world
upside down.
Welcome.
Eeva Kilpi
brand-image
Idia is where I learned that my faith and beliefs can hurt others. What was clear to me may be open to the doubts of others and need to be examined, even if this path is a challenge to traverse.
Pnina, Religious, Samaria
My listening improved. I felt less of a need to “win.” Instead, I could see the person behind the words and opinions, a beloved and valued friend, and know that her worlds come from an authentic, scared and pained place.
Rina, Religious, Samaria
A unique opportunity for significant dialogue on conflict-ridden topics from a place of comradery, tolerance, acceptance and warmth.
Pazit, Secular, Central Israel
“Who among us is brave enough to enter real dialogue? Who is ready to risk is identity and his stable world – who is ready to forego proving your truth? The statement that will upend his world?” (Dr. Shimon Azoulay). That is Idia for me – and when we internalize this attitude, our hearts begin to open.
Sarah, Religious, Samaria
Women hold within them the unique wisdom that is the ability to pay attention and dialogue. Using texts as the basis for our meetings and dialogues allows us to circumvent pitfalls, observe them and try to understand them from different perspectives.
Adi, Secular, Central Israel

We invite you to “step inside the door” and join us in dialoguing the IDIA way;

about-img-1
about-img-1