Adina Shapiro
Education, Law
"More and more teachers come because they are perplexed. It is not because they necessarily are peace activists but because they have questions about how to teach values and be positive and hopeful when things are so difficult. That is a difficulty many teachers share and it crosses political affiliations."


Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: New York Year of birth: 1974 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Education Website: Works at Middle East Children's Association (MECA) Interviewer Nahanni Rous Date of Interview 2005

Adina Shapiro grew up in a Jewish national religious community in Jerusalem. After national service, she taught Hebrew at Hope Flowers school in Bethlehem and went on to found MECA, Middle East Children's Association. At MECA Israeli and Palestinian educators meet in order to empower and learn and share skills and lesson learned, finding ways to educate, empower and reveal the narrative of the other and to better prepare children for the reality.

Online articles

Education as a Matter of Policy, Ghassan Abdullah and Adina Shapiro

Need for Mideast Reconciliation Draws Teachers Across a Divide, By Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times. July 28, 2004

Woman breaks stereotype to found Israeli-Palestinian education group, By Zak Mazur, The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. May 11, 2001

Societies Emerging from Conflict - A Process of Reconciliation, Presentation by Adina Shapiro

A Matter of Policy, By Adina Shapiro, August 18, 2003