How It All Began

Idia Founding Group

We love our neighbors
IF they are as ourselves…

Six years ago, we decided to make a bold move and began to meet: seven secular women from central Israel and seven national-religious women from Samaria. We were very different from one another in our political worldviews and felt that the polarizing and alienating dialogue between our two communities in Israel threatened our joint future. That we were on a dangerous path towards destruction.

And so, we created IDIA

Our first group was founded by secular women from central Israel and national-religious women from Samaria; diverse and polarized in our worldviews. We thought that if we could succeed in dialoguing and reaching understandings, we’d open the door to all those women who care about our joint future – and invite them to dialogue with us as well: 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

We do not give up on each other

Our first pilot group have been hard at work. We experienced some challenging days, during which we understood that the rift is deep and that some gaps may never be bridged. Still, we refuse to give up on one another. During this time the IDIA Method has been crystallized. We learned to listen and to speak so we can be heard, and we have witnessed marked success. We are optimistic!

Prof. Ruth Gavizon in Idia Seminar

Understanding while remaining ideologically opposed

We are graduates of the IDIA Method. We learned to forego our drive to “convert” those who are different from us to our ways. We learned not to generalize. We see individuals who differ from one another, even within their own groups. We learned to respectfully agree and to disagree.

Halacha Teacher Malka Piotrkowski in Idia Seminar

At Idia, we can speak openly on conflicts and on what hurts and angers. We can disagree and still feel a part of the group, experiencing a sense of belonging, partnership and even love.

Ayala, Secular, Central Israel

For me, Idia is the ability to speak and know that I am being listened to – and to listen and know that my fellow group members trust that I am truly listening to what they have to say.

Racheli, Religious, Samaria

Exiting the bounds of what was familiar and similar to what was perceived as strange and foreign led me to understand that walls can be toppled by love, containment and empathy.

Gali, Secular, Central Israel

I started off fearing that a slippery slope would lead to the loss of my identity. When I learned to listen, I understood that constructive dialogue can together build a strong, constructive foundation and hope for the future.

Betty, Religious, Samaria

Other ways exist! We can listen and be heard – without violence and while recognizing what binds and what divides. We can clarify conflicts, while deepening out familiarity with our counterparts.

Leora, Secular, Central Israel

we invite you to join us for Idia Dialogue and not give up on each other

Join new IDIA groups and spread the IDIA partnership-building dialogue with your communities and in the social networks to promote co-existence and our shared future.