Mahapach-Taghir is a grassroots, feminist, Jewish-Arab organization that works for social change through education and community empowerment. By working in partnership, we aim to achieve equal socio-economic and educational opportunities for all.
Formally established in 1998, Mahapach-Taghir was founded by a group of students in Jerusalem who were influenced by the student campaigns against rising tuition prices, which resulted in the longest student strike to take place in Israeli history. This particular group of students thought that the energy and power of passionate students should be utilized for the greater good and to bring about social change rather than addressing only issues that impacted them directly. They set out to volunteer in the marginalized neighborhood of Kattamonim, in Jerusalem, where they consulted community members and realized the need for after-school educational and social programming for children in marginalized neighborhoods.
At the heart of Mahapach-Taghir is the Learning Community, where academic scholarship students provide children and youth in marginalized neighborhoods with pedagogical and social tutoring, while encouraging the involvement of adult residents, particularly women. This holistic models emphasizes the active contribution of children, residents, and academic students to the community. Mahapach-Taghir’s educational model fosters a strong democratic civil society, locally and nationally, while promoting dialogue and solidarity among communities.
Mahpach-Taghir targets over 600 children and their families and 140 academic students who participate in its activities in the different communities. Mahapach-Taghir operates in eight communities in Israel: the Florentine neighborhoods of Tel-Aviv and Yad-Eliyahu, the town of Kiryat Shmona, the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood in Jerusalem, and the Arab communities of Tamra, Yaffia (Yaffat alNasra) and Maghar. Mahapach-Taghir is a grassroots, feminist, Jewish-Arab organization for social change through education and community empowerment, working towards equal socio-economic and educational opportunities for all.See more