Women and Their Olive Trees

An impressive exhibition demonstrating friendship and understanding through the

The exhibition was inspired by the understanding and the commitment of 35 Israeli women from all cultural and religious backgrounds: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Circassian, reflecting the diversity within Israeli society. The chosen theme was The Olive Tree and through their passion the artists created an environment of tolerance, friendship and sharing.

The exhibition has travelled throughout Europe and been seen at significant locations including The European Parliament and the United Nations.

The UK tour has now begun, having been in Parliament in London in January for a week and Kew Gardens for three days.

The roots of the project
Whilst exploring the interests and ambitions of the local community, the director of the WIZO Community Centre in Afula discovered that many of the women wanted to paint. As a result, art teacher Sheila Dvore Casdi, brought together 35 women aged 17-80, from Lithuania, Umm al-Fahad, Tiberias, Romania, Nazareth, Isfaahan, Argentina and the Caucasian mountains and started an art class. “Make art, share culture. widen horizons and strengthen understanding” is Sheila’s philosophy.

The artists
Since this initial project, the ladies continue to work together to develop their painting skills and grow their friendships, sharing with friends, family, and other communities, both in Israel and internationally, their very special experience of Unity in Diversity.

The Community Centre in Afula
The WIZO Community Centre in Afula was founded in 1986 in an economically disadvantaged neighbourhood with a large immigrant population. The Centre provides
services to all communities in and around the region.

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