Keshet School

Respecting ‘The Other’ At The Next Desk

The ABC’s of religious pluralism in a Jerusalem classroom.
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — For 15-year-old Ella Gal, “the other” isn’t an Israeli-Arab teen from Jaffa or a Palestinian high schooler in Ramallah. He’s the boy in the kipa sitting next to her in class.
Gal, whose father was raised secular but whose non-religious mother was brought up Orthodox, attends the Keshet School in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem, an oasis of religious pluralism in an increasingly divided Israeli society.

Ofer Gordon, who is religious, and Ella Gal, who is secular, study together at the Keshet School. Photos by Michele Chabin
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