JANUARY NEWSLETTER
Charney Center Ambassador Program Continues


Charney Resolution Center Represented at the first ever G-100 Summit in Mexico

From L to R: Dr. sandauk Ruit, Dr. Geoff Tabin, Chris Bertish, Rick Hansen, Ambassador Ido Aharoni and Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski

From L to R: Dr. sandauk Ruit, Dr. Geoff Tabin, Chris Bertish, Rick Hansen, Ambassador Ido Aharoni and Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski

Leaders, innovators, and experts in several diverse fields gathered for the first time in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Inspired by their shared values and original visions. 

The Genius 100 Summit was inspired by Albert Einstein’s vision of making knowledge accessible to all. It took place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a weekend of jazzy conversations, intellectual stimulation and global problem-solving. The Genius 100 Visions initiative is a purpose-driven network of the 100 top global visionaries and like-minded individuals who are looking to positively impact humanity through education and the promotion of tolerance. The initiative gathered visionaries from all walks of life and leaders in their own fields for an intimate, off-the-record weekend of discussions about problem-solving.

The Charney Resolution Center was represented by its founder Tzili Charney. Among the guests and speakers were six-time Paralympic champion Rick Hansen, longest serving head of NASA Daniel Goldin, world surfing champion Chris Bertish, Designer Ron Arad, Bedouin activist Amal Elsana Alhj’ooj’, TED creator Richard Sual Wurman, architect Daniel Libeskind, First Nation activit Janice Longboat, peace proponent Jose Miguel Sokoloff, and many others.

Genius 100: genius100visions.com

Amal Elsana Alh’jooj

Amal Elsana Alh’jooj

Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman

From L to R: Paula Froelich, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Janice Longboat and Maggie MacDonnell

From L to R: Paula Froelich, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Janice Longboat and Maggie MacDonnell

FAU Leon Charney Diplomacy Program

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly hosted members of the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program to a luncheon to celebrate the program’s accomplishments. In November, the Diplomacy Program placed first overall out of sixty competing universities at the National Model United Nations simulation in Washington, D.C. The program competes this spring in Nationals in New York City and in the Model European Union simulation hosted by the University of Indiana.

The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which trains students in world affairs, dispute resolution and debate, was established in 1996. To date, the program has won thirty-two national and international awards for academic excellence. In 2017, the program was named to honor the diplomatic legacy of Leon Charney, who played a key role in the 1978 Camp David Accords.  Professors Jeffrey Morton and Annette LaRocco direct the program. Information about the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program can be found at: www.fau.edu/diplomacy.

John Kelly with students at the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program Luncheon

John Kelly with students at the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program Luncheon

Israeli-Palestinian Congress of High School Students by Sapir Handelman

On October 18, 2018 the Charney Resolution Center and the Minds of Peace NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) led the two parts of an Israeli-Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress made up of teenagers. A delegation of 25 Palestinian high-school students met a delegation of 25 Israeli high-school students in Tel-Aviv to discuss, debate, and negotiate solutions to their current situation. The negotiations took place in Ironi Dalet – one of the Israeli’s high schools. The students led the discussions around three negotiating tables by themselves without intervention of the teachers. On October 18, 2018, the negotiators succeeded in concluding a preliminary agreement on Trust Building Measures and the Suspension of the Violent Struggle. The agreements included ad-hoc solutions to urgent problems such as: Violence, The Gaza Crisis, Temple Mount, and the expansion of the settlements. This first step enabled the delegation to build ‘working trust’ which is necessary for the second part of the congress – negotiating the optimal solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The second part of the congress: the negotiating a viable end to the conflict began will take place next month. We will share a video documentation of the congress with you soon, stay tuned!

CRC Ambassador Khanh Ton is working on her own Initiative back in Vietnam

“I would like to continue working for the national youth organization. I've been a member of theirs since 2017 and have been organizing, debatably, the largest MUN (Model United Nations) conference in Vietnam. Two major changes I am bringing to the conference this year are
(1) to level the quality of resolutions drafted by delegates and (2) to push the creative boundaries of the Contents Team this year by conceptualizing and running an experimental committee.

With the workshops organized solely in Hanoi during the past years, we are considering to open more workshops in Central and South Vietnam. In the mean time, please check out our social media to familiarize yourself with our organization and our annual conference:

Vietnamese Youth Cooperation Organization (VYCO)
Main website in Vietnamese, Facebook page in Vietnamese

Vietnamese Youth Model United Nations (VYMUN)
Facebook page in English/Vietnamese

To read the full article click here. 

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AHARAI (Follow Me)

We at the Charney Resolution Center congratulate AHARAI for winning the Menachem Begin Price for their special contribution to the Israeli society cultivating young leadership with underprivileged youth.
 
We would also like to thank Haifa University for opening their doors to the AHARAI “graduates” and providing them with a college education. 

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The University of Haifa Faculty of Law Legal Clinics and Refugee Mental Health

In September of 2018, The Leon Charney Resolution Center partnered with the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Law Legal Clinics and Refugee Mental Health Initiative in a new national initiative to help care for tens of thousands of adults and children forcibly displaced from East Africa, (Eritrea, Sudan) whom have sought asylum in Israel. The program is lead by Dr. Amit Bernstein and Dr. Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar. Their work at Kuchinate is progressing well.

"We have screened a few hundred refugees and have already offered the intervention program to more than 80 refugees. This means that we have completed two thirds of the applied research study and have one more cohort of men and women to recruit, treat, and monitor to complete this first phase of the project. We are now working hard to recruit participants for the third cohort of the Mindful Trauma Recovery project and to continue our collaborative work with Kuchinate, various NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) providing services to asylum seekers in Israel, and with the University of Haifa Legal Clinics” - Dr. Bernstein.

Feedback from the asylum seekers who have completed the program so far is heart-warming and exciting. The deep and lasting impact on the refugees’ lives has been far beyond what we expected. Beyond their mental health and capacity to cope with the stress of their reality and memories, many are also reporting new found hope and ability to build trust and connections with Israelis, to give and receive care and compassion, and to better control anger and reduce aggression with partners and children at home.   We also have an opportunity (and responsibility) to take our Mindful Trauma Recovery for Refugees intervention to larger populations of refugees in crisis.

We have launched a new collaboration with the Haifa-based NGO Humanity Crew. Humanity Crew is led by Dr. Essam Daod, MD – a dynamic Israeli Arab psychiatrist. Together, we plan to launch the first global extension of our Mindful Trauma Recovery for Refugees intervention in Europe. We will begin in Greece, where hundreds of thousands of refugees have arrived, surviving a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Our initial focus will most likely be refugees from Syria, Libya, and its neighbors. In addition to the importance of reaching out to provide care for millions of refugees in Europe, we also see this as an act of peace-building. Both between Jews and Arabs working together here in Israel, as well as between Israelis and our Arab neighbors. Our universities can contribute and gain a great deal by welcoming, recruiting, and supporting asylum seekers as B.A. and graduate students. There is strong evidence regarding the social benefits of higher education for persecuted and underrepresented groups; as well as evidence that the integration of diverse population groups on university campuses enriches the experience for all students and faculty.

We are thus working to launch the Welcoming Refugees Scholars Project – a national, inter-university initiative to open the doors of our universities to refugees and asylum seekers. The project will assist refugees to gain admission to universities in Israel and to provide them with all that they need to thrive (on-campus dormitory housing, personal relationships with Israelis in our university community, work on campus, and the ability to study towards a degree (e.g., law, social work, technology)). This is the first initiative of its kind in Israel and we are very excited to put it all into motion.

New York Experience as an Ambassador at CRC Headquarters - Ophyr Hanan

I came to New York at the end of September 2018 and before I knew it I found myself flying into 2019 as a CRC ambassador!
Being a part of the Charney Center and being exposed to all of the various projects and the influence that it has around the world really made me feel like this is where I belong. Ever since my time at EMIS, it has been difficult to find a platform that supports healthy dialogue and promotes peace on an international spectrum. So when I got involved with CRC and all of its endeavors, I realized how lucky we were at EMIS that the Charney Resolution Center was established for us, the students, so that we could all collaborate towards the path to real change. When the resolution center opened in 2015, for all we knew it was just another building on campus with a library and a picture frame of a man who helped promote peace in the Middle East. Little did we know that we just became part of an organization that gives a platform and tools to young people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and allows them to participate in the dialogue and to achieve a greater understanding of the situation.

Going back to Israel after these few months in the CRC headquarters is very exciting for me. I wish to connect to current students at EMIS and show them that their missions and perseverance do not stop when they graduate. Please join me and become a CRC ambassador so that together we can do a lot more than just talk about peace, we can actually work towards achieving it and make the world a better place.  

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Please join ZAZ10TS and Artis for the opening reception
ZAZ10TS and Artis present a joint exhibition, YOU NEVER KNOW, celebrating the artistic contributions of the late Israeli artist, Uri Katzenstein.
 
Uri Katzenstein focused his artistic expression on video projects and installations in the latter stages of his career. Using video allowed him to incorporate other elements from his repertoire such as sculpture, performance art, and music. His video pieces, including several in the YOU NEVER KNOW exhibition, were often provocative, violent, profane, and purposely confusing. Stories he told though video related to the juxtaposition of opposites such as the real and surreal, humanity and non-human objects, and relationships between disparate concepts and experiences.
 
Mirroring the complexities and layers of life, Uri Katzenstein’s videos mixed linear storytelling with bursts of images and vignettes. He created videos to raise more questions than answers, shunning obvious clarity. Uri Katzenstein is also credited with founding a new language called “Backyard font,” developed to depict the English language graphically.
 
“I love to work with the spoilage... These are the things that are incompetent and negligible, like bad roots that grow behind stones, but a lot can come from them like healing plants. Everything that ostensibly has no purpose, but over time can have a very deep purpose… And this is the concept that is in my work… I am interested in taking you on a journey that is a dichotomy… It is enjoyable but also horrible, apocalyptic, primary, and primitive.“ — Uri Katzenstein


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