Recognizing and celebrating peace-making initiatives that transcend borders, cultures and ideologies.
The World Peace Bell Association
In the wake of the horrors of World War II, nations around the world woke up to the need for robust international institutions to foster cooperation and mutual respect between people of different backgrounds and cultures. This will to promote peace led to the establishment of organizations such as the United Nations and the European Economic Community, but was also marked by symbolic and commemorative initiatives. One of these was the World Peace Bell, an association launched in Japan in 1954 with the goal of installing a ‘peace bell’ in every country as a monument to peace and cooperation among nations and a memorial to the countless failures to uphold this ideal.
This, then, is the purpose of the World Peace Bell Prize: to offer an annual prize for communities that have striven for and achieved progress in the dissemination of peace and communal development. Through this prize we strive to advance the global goal of ending violence and promoting just and peaceful societies by celebrating innovative, brave and inspiring initiatives that can become beacons of light for the rest of the world.
The prize will be given to a community that has demonstrated these qualities over a period of several years and can demonstrate its ability to actively contribute to peace and development as defined above. The prize will consist of a donation to the community of a World Peace Bell and guidance regarding its installation on a site coordinated by the community.
The WPB Prize will also facilitate all aspects of the on-site installation and construction of the bell’s house or supporting structure. The bell will be used at least once a year in the ringing ceremony on 21 September, the International Day of Peace.
The WPB Prize will provide ideas for possible content for events around the world, creating a tradition that invites people to gather, express, discuss, and most importantly, to actively listen to each other.
Application will be open to any community or communal body, of any size and in any location around the world. The application process will be made as simple as possible so as to ensure that it is genuinely open to all, regardless of financial resources or cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prizes will be given strictly upon merit and each year the Prize Board will offer as many WPB prizes as it deems fit, providing they meet the above mentioned criteria.
We fund projects that take innovative and unorthodox approaches to healthcare, with a proven track record of improving patients’ lives.
Anatta is pleased to be funding an exceptionally innovative educational initiative offered by the Israel Association for Self-Psychology’s Adam Campus in Lod, Israel. Lod is a city that has suffered especially from economic deprivation, leaving many of its residents without adequate institutional support with regard to essential needs such as housing, work and education. The Adam Campus seeks to alleviate this situation in two ways. First, it provides free psychoanalytic therapy to residents of Lod, thus aiming to provide them with a much-needed space to unwind, reflect and work through problems with the help of supportive professionals. Second, it is the seat of the IASP’s ground-breaking Psychoanalytic–Buddhist training programme, an advanced course for mental health professionals seeking to expand their palette of skills. The programme takes the view that psychoanalysis and Buddhism – modern and ancient, Western and Eastern – can enhance each other, creating a potentially transformative, holistic approach to the human psyche. Adjacent to the programme are training courses for Lod’s professional officers in the areas of education, mental health, culture, welfare and community support, in an effort to embed effective novel practices in the city’s approaches to these issues.
The Jerusalem Shelter for Women
Established in 1978, Woman to Woman is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. The organization houses abused women and their children in its Jerusalem shelter and closely supports them throughout their rehabilitation, providing free legal aid, halfway housing and continued assistance once victims are ready to live on their own. The shelter can accommodate up to 15 women and 30 children at a time and about 70 women and 140 children pass through its doors every year. It is open to women from all walks of life, from teenagers to senior citizens, religious and secular Jews to Christian and Muslim Arabs, and new immigrants to veteran Israelis, who are referred to the organization by social welfare authorities, hospitals or the police. Woman to Woman is funded in part by the Israel Ministry of Social Affairs and relies on donations and volunteer work for the rest. Anatta is proud to support it in its life-saving work.
Harmony village (Kfar Izun) is an innovative and unique treatment and rehabilitation village, the first of its kind in Israel and around the world. The village provides a therapeutic community for backpackers and young people in crisis between the ages of 18-40, most of whom come from normative-functional backgrounds and are now defined as "dual diagnosis", that is, drug abuse combined with mental impairment. Over the years that the village has existed a person diagnosed with a persistent disease (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or manic-depression/bipolar disorder) cannot be admitted to the village. The studies show that the success rate is more than 90%. The uniqueness of the village is expressed in a holistic approach, which combines Western and Eastern treatment theories in an open place, located on the beach in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere with lots of warmth and love.
We support initiatives dedicated to cultivating a dynamic, inclusive arts and culture scene, with a special focus on making the arts more accessible outside of urban centres.
African Studies Gallery
This Tel Aviv gallery strives to encourage critical thinking and to challenge viewers’ conventional conceptions of Africa as a cultural entity. Through a programme of exhibitions and cultural events it seeks to bring African art to the Israeli public, hoping to foster an appreciation for the continent’s rich and diverse heritages. The African Studies Gallery is not a commercial gallery, but focuses instead on the broader goal of stimulating discussion, inquisitiveness and understanding. Each exhibition takes a slightly different format, and often includes more than one artist focusing around a central theme or idea.
Zumu is founded on the belief that everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, should have access to high-quality arts and culture. The organization works to counteract the concentration of Israel’s arts offerings in the country’s geographical and commercial centre, working with peripheral cities and communities to realize a robust and vibrant presence for the arts. With the help of local municipalities and residents, Zumu sets up a new contemporary art museum in a different city every few months. The museums are set in unused public spaces and exhibit specially commissioned works from established and emerging artists, and offer free entry as well as workshops and cultural events for locals of all ages. When Zumu moves on to its next location, it maintains an ongoing relationship with the community, supporting them in their effort to cultivate a long-term commitment to the arts in their city.
The New Fund for Cinema and Television
The New Fund for Cinema and Television has been providing financial and professional support to filmmakers since 1993. Since its inception the Fund has supported hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and TV dramas, many of which have been recognized by awards juries in Israel and abroad. The Fund seeks to promote tolerance, social justice and inclusivity through its work, both through the films it funds and through special programmes bringing together filmmakers from across the Middle East, new filmmakers or aspiring ultra-orthodox female filmmakers, to name just a few.
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Led by visionary artistic director Rami Be’er, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading dance companies worldwide. The Company performs at celebrated theatres and festivals all over the world. At home, it is centred around its innovative International Dance Village, which offers year-round courses for dance students as well as programmes for troubled young people and victims of domestic violence. In all its activities the organization is committed to communicating, fostering relationships and sparking creativity through the beauty of dance.
We believe that everyone, regardless of age, background or location, has the right to a quality education, and support projects that strive to make this accessible to more people.
The Lod Foundation is run by Anatta and provides a building for a range of educational and community-focused initiatives in the city of Lod. The building houses both the Adam Campus and the Human Spirit programme, as well as numerous events and workshops for the local community. The Foundation proudly considers itself to be an organization of and for the residents of Lod, a city that is struggling economically but that is also a repository of enormous wealth in the form of its people and historic heritage. Its mission is to use the expertise at its disposal to improve the lives of locals, whether it be through providing free therapeutic services and cultural programmes, encouraging exchange between the varied ethnic groups living in the city, or putting Lod on the map internationally through its unique research initiatives.
Zikaron BaSalon is a social initiative which takes place on the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day as well as a few relevant commemorative dates around the world. Literally meaning “remembrance in the living room” in Hebrew, thanks to Anatta Zikaron BaSalon can offer an ongoing activities. The engaging grass roots approach democratizes the memorial tradition, through discussions at home among family, friends and guests, personal stories of the Holocaust are shared. Alongside formal Holocaust ceremonies, this authentic approach has practically become a tradition that invites people to gather at homes and together express, discuss, and, most importantly, listen.
The Ramon Foundation
Anatta funds various activities of the Ramon Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging youth leadership and interest in science, aviation and space exploration. The Foundation offers educational programmes for children and teenagers, such as SpaceLab and SkyLab, which bring them into contact with scientists, astronauts and space agency representatives, as well as promoting space start-ups, hosting conferences and developing materials for science teachers, amongst a host of other initiatives.
Unitaf was created in response to a severe lack of childcare and early education solutions for the migrant and refugee community in Tel Aviv. While the state is obligated to provide temporary protection for asylum seekers, it has stopped short of extending social and medical rights to this group, creating an impossible situation for parents who work all day but are ineligible for childcare services available to Israelis. Since 2005, Unitaf has been working to open daycare centres, nurseries and after-school programmes for children between the ages of three months and six years, and now provides these essential early childhood services to over 1,600 children. The centres are run by a staff of women from the foreign community who are trained by Unitaf and work closely with the organization and its volunteers. In addition to a warm, nurturing environment and an education set to give children an equal start with their Israeli peers, the centres provide comprehensive psychosocial support for children and their parents, helping them with challenges arising from their refugee status. Sharing Unitaf’s commitment to the utmost importance of early childhood education, Anatta hopes to help the organization expand its vital services to more families in need.
Nirim Youth Village, located on the northern shore of Israel, is a residential programme for 100 vulnerable young people, aged 14–18. Many of its participants come from low socio-economic backgrounds and are the children of first-generation immigrants. Some have problems with substance abuse and have dropped out of school, sometimes as a result of domestic violence, sexual abuse or neglect. Nirim’s approach is based on helping individuals discover their unique strengths, allowing them to develop the self-confidence they need to overcome their emotional challenges and integrate into the core of Israeli society. Alongside conventional therapy and community living, wilderness therapy is key to Nirim’s approach: treks, outdoor challenges and development of survival skills as means of strengthening confidence and leadership abilities. Nirim aims to foster in its participants the motivation and self-belief to successfully tackle the next steps their lives – emphasizing finishing school and service in the IDF – and give them the best possible foundation to prosper as adults.
Migdalor is a pre-military service preparatory programme (mechinah) designed for young people from Israel’s social periphery. Its primary goal is to reduce social gaps within Israeli society by strengthening its students’ confidence and competency and enhancing their sense of connectedness to the wider society. Both physical and emotional strength is developed through a programme of drills, challenges and field exercises, with a special focus on activities at sea. Educational activities emphasize the development of a sense of social responsibility alongside creative problem solving and management skills. The programme accompanies its students, at no cost to them, throughout their preparatory year, their military service, their academic training and their entry into the workforce.
Israel Judo Association
The Judo Association in Israel is an association headed by a voluntary elected board. Promotion of judo in Israel is important. As part of its activities, the association operates the national teams, holds the Israeli championships for various ages, and holds courses and advanced training for instructors, coaches, referees and activists in cooperation with sports institutions in the country. The Judo Association currently has about 6,000 registered athletes aged 10 and over. Judo was the first Israeli sport to win Olympic medals in Barcelona in1992. Since then, the judo industry has been the leading sport in Israel in terms of achievements, with countless international medals over the years. Including World Cups, Grand Slams, the Grand Prix, the European Championships, the World Championships and the Olympics. The sport of Judo symbolises politeness, courage, honesty, self-respect, modesty, self-control and friendship. In addition, judo is deployed in the service of education because of its values of tolerance, perseverance and discipline. The judo association is proud to be active in all parts of Israel.
The Forum for Gender, Law and Policy
The Forum for Gender, Law and Policy serves as the first academic platform of its kind for the advancement of research, instruction, legal training, community outreach and public policy initiatives surrounding topics of gender inequality in Israel.
The Forum aims to achieve progress in the area of gender equality in Israel through the following channels of activity: promoting legal reform, developing and disseminating knowledge in the field of gender equality and promoting public debate on issues of gender inequality in various circles of influence including government offices, legislators, judges, lawyers, academics and feminist NGO’s.
We fund a number of academic programmes at Israeli universities, with a focus on encouraging exchange between Israel and Africa.
Art Academies Exchange (CoCuDi Center)
As part of its roster of creative and educational cross-cultural programmes, the CoCuiDi Center is facilitating an exchange between the Ceramics and Glass Department at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University in Kampala. The programme allows participants to exchange knowledge and technical expertise while introducing them to each other’s cultures in a creative and collaborative setting. Anatta is delighted to support this development of the next generation of Israeli and Ugandan artists, and the enrichment of both societies through mutual learning and an active commitment to cross-cultural respect, understanding and cooperation.
The Tamar Golan Africa Center at Ben Gurion University
Anatta supports the African Studies Program at Ben Gurion University, which offers a highly interdisciplinary curriculum open to students at the undergraduate, masters and PhD level. The programme is involved with African refugee communities in the Negev and sponsors volunteer work and development-related projects on the African continent.
GLOCAL at the Hebrew University
Anatta supports GLOCAL, an 18-month graduate programme focused on community development and empowerment. Students complete a 14-month academic course drawing on the social sciences before embarking on a four-month internship with an international organization working with local communities around the world.
Child Development for Developing Countries, University of Haifa
With the academic leadership of Prof. Avi Sagi-Schwartz, the International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries at the University of Haifa was established to prepare the next generation of experts and leaders who focus on basic questions regarding the nature of child development and its implications and applications for improving the well-being of children and their families in developing countries. With six cohorts over the years 2014-2020, the Program has attracted more than 1,000 applicants from 40 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Euro-Asia, and South America. The competitive selection of the best candidates has led to 128 graduates, thus far. Assessment of the "impact for good" of the Program will be circulated soon.