In a region with historic tensions between ethnicities ─

Project Kesher builds bridges.

building a more tolerant society

Before Project Kesher arrived, there was no successful model in the region to address hate crimes or to build more tolerant societies.   Project Kesher adapted the successful U.S. program, Not In Our Town, to address the intolerancethat fed hatred.  Its efforts have inspired people of different faiths to work with their local governments to create tolerant communities and respond decisively to hate crimes.

When the mosque in Simferopol, Ukraine, was the target of arson, Project Kesher leaders led a Ukrainian-wide campaign to denounce the attack and stand with the Muslim community.  Moved by the Jewish communities’ response, the Chief Mufti (mosque leadership) went on national television to praise the Jewish community.  Today, under Project Kesher’s leadership, the government of Simferopol has established a working committee to promote interfaith and interethnic cooperation and develop a plan of action to respond immediately to any future hate crimes

Project Kesher leaders have successfully initiated anti-hate programs in more than 50 communities in Ukraine alone.  Through coalition-building, networking, and promoting community-wide programs, Project Kesher is successfully building a culture of   tolerance. In 2011, two new communities each month will join  the anti-hate initiative  throughout Ukraine and Russia. 

Project Kesher also builds coalitions among women of different religions and ethnicities to address issues of women’s health and safety.  The very existence – extremely rare in the region – of these interethnic coalitions builds tolerance in the communities where they exist.

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