We are looking for Part-time assistant (f/m/d) at the Willy Brandt Center

Application Deadline: August 26th 2019

 

אנו מחפשים עוזר- צוות במשרה חלקית במרכז ווילי ברנדט בירושלים

مساعد/ة فريق بوظيفة جزئية لمركز ويلي براندت في القدس

Part-time assistant (f/m/d) at the Willy Brandt Center

Duties include (but will not be limited to):

  • Secretarial and administrative support such as answering calls, taking messages, handling correspondence and keeping track of pending matters
  • Organisational support, for example arranging meetings and events, preparing background material or making travel arrangements for delegations and other visiting groups;
  • Handling and follow up of visa and permit applications
  • Translations from English into Arabic and Hebrew
  • Preparations and support for bookkeeping and accounting
  • Event assistance (in-house and at other locations, incl. events in the Westbank)
  • Welcoming visitors and hospitality service for guests of the center
  • Car trips for supplies and logistics

Requirements:

Openness for the cross-boarder-approach of the WBC, excellent written and verbal communication skills in Arabic, English and Hebrew, ability to travel into the Westbank.
Residence: Jerusalem

Working hours: 3 half days days per week (65 hours per month)
preferably on afternoons with willingness to be available for events taking place on evenings and weekends if needed

To apply, please submit your CV and an informal motivation letter to

petra.klose@willybrandtcenter.org 

Further Information in Englisch, Hebrew and Arabic you will find here here.

 

 

 

 

Farewell of Judith

EN:

Thank you for everything, Judith!

Judith Höffkes, project coordinator since 2016, has left the WBC after three eventful years. Judith has navigated the “Politics without Borders” project through exciting and challenging times. She has always been devoted to introducing young people with the WBC, and to explain the various narratives that parallel each other and allow for a mutual understanding. Judith has always been our anchor, and has left an important mark on the WBC. We would like to thank her for everything!

 

DE:

Danke für Alles, Judith!

Judith Höffkes, Projektkoordinatorin seit 2016, hat nach drei ereignisreichen Jahren das WBC verlassen. Judith hat das Projekt „Entscheider*innen der Zukunft“ sicher durch aufregende Zeiten geführt. Sie hat sich immer die Zeit genommen junge Menschen an das WBC heranzuführen und die unterschiedlichen Narrative die dort aufeinander prallen verständlich zu erklären. Judith war unser Fels in der Brandung, sie hat das WBC geprägt und wir möchten uns bei ihr für alles bedanken!

 

Can entrepreneurship be a means of empowerment for Bedouin women? — Fieldtrip Negev/Naqab – July 13, 2019

This June, the Willy Brandt Center organised a fieldtrip to the Negev/Naqab aimed at learning more about the challenges that Bedouin women face in their lives and in the labour market. The fieldtrip allowed us to meet these women first hand and to see what can’t be seen from Jerusalem, from afar.

First we met Ilham from Sidreh in the Bedouin village Lakiya, who introduced us to the businesses Bedouin women work in, such as embroidery and other handcrafts. Embroidery is one of the traditions that all Bedouin women learn, usually for the purpose of decorating dresses. Nowadays, these embroidery patterns are also used for bags and pillows, thus connecting this traditional art to new products intended for customers all around the world.

We met Dr. Sarab Abu Rabia-Queder (Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University) at Ajeek, which is an Arab-Jewish Center for Empowerment and Cooperation in the Negev, aimed at promoting socio-economic development. Sarab presented her paper titled “The Economy of Survival: Bedouin Women in Unrecognized Villages” (2017), and talked about how Bedouin women rarely have the resources for agriculture, they have lost their productive roles within their families, and are not able to find jobs or work in the public workforce. Sarab further discussed the ways in which the lives of Bedouin women have changed following the Nakba and due to the current living conditions  – especially in unrecognised villages, where  land confiscations and the deprivation of housing rights and proper infrastructure are prevalent.

Stellenausschreibung Fachkraft für „Internationale Bildungskooperation”

Bewerbungsfrist 31.Juli 2019

Für unsere Bildungskooperation in Israel und Palästina im Rahmen des Zivilen Friedensdienstes suchen wir ab September 2019 eine neue Fachkraft im WBC. Du übernimmst als Leiter*in eines Kooperationsprojekts palästinensischer und israelischer Jugendverbände mit dem Schwerpunkt politischer Bildungs- und Begegnungsarbeit eine spannende und verantwortungsvolle Aufgabe im Feld der zivilen Konfliktberatung.

Die vollständige Stellenausschreibung findest Du hier.

Political Café: Can entrepreneurship be a means of empowerment for Bedouin women – May 2, 2019

On the 2nd of May, the Willy Brandt Center hosted a Political Café with Jamal Al Kirnawi, founder and executive director of “A New Dawn in the Negev” and friends of Al Bustan community center, Jabal al Jahalin.

This evening was dedicated to the struggles of Bedouin women – a subject which is rarely discussed, even though Bedouin women play a key role in the conflict and in the peace building process.

The displacement and forced urbanization of Bedouin communities in the Negev/ Naqab and the West Bank have deprived Bedouin women of their traditional economic roles. Jamal offered us insights regarding his work with Bedouin women, and explained what structural challenges these women are facing in entering the labour market. Jamal mentioned that one major issue is the disparity in education, resulting from a weak educational infrastructure: fewer than 30% of Bedouin students earn a full high-school diploma, and when it comes to women students, the statistics are even lower.

Apart from that, Bedouin women face many other infrastructural problems. For example, when promoting their businesses on social media, these women must struggle to obtain a stable and affordable internet connection.

During the event we also fundraised for the Al Bustan community center, and sold embroidery made by the women of the Jahalin community – a project which has been supported by the Willy Brandt Center for several months. This event aimed to create an exchange between people who are working on similar projects and to build in Jerusalem a community that will support the Al Bustan Center.

Based on the work with Al Bustan, we know how important it is to see the Bedouin communities, their living conditions and the infrastructural problems with one’s own eyes. That’s why the WBC is organising a follow up event at the end of June: a tour to the Bedouin communities in the Naqab that will give the people of Jerusalem the chance to speak with these women themselves and learn about their businesses.

An Evening dedicated to Therese Zauser – May 4, 2019

On May 4th we enjoyed the inspiring visit of Brigitte Walk, who presented the fascinating story of Therese Zauser in a panel moderated by Judith Höffkes at the WBC.

Therese Zauser was a courageous young varieté artist who presented her solo shows throughout the Mediterranean region, Africa and the Middle East. After her return to Europe in 1941, she was murdered in a German concentration camp for speaking against the Nazi regime. Her legacy portrays an exceptionally courageous young woman and her fate.

The panel focused on Therese Zauser’s journeys in the Middle East during the 1930s, highlighting this outstanding artist’s historical and social path throughout this turbulent era. One of the many facts that struck the audience was that despite all obstacles, Zauser was able to travel freely by train and ship across the borders of our region, in a manner we can only dream of today.

The Austrian prizewinning actress, theatre director and producer Brigitte Walk allowed us to join her on her cross-regional research following the traces of Therese Zauser. She had the chance to meet and present her project to historians, film makers and those working in cultural organizations in Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. We would therefore like to thank Noa Ben Shalom, Natasha Dudinski, Maria Gierlinger-Landa, Muna Khleifi, Arno Mitterdorfer, Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Savvas Vladimirou, for the interesting encounters and their precious input along the way.

Visit of Bärbel Kofler – February 28, 2019

On the 28th of February, Bärbel Kofler, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and Social Democratic Member of Parliament, visited the Willy Brandt Center as part of her visit to Israel and Palestine.

During her stay, Bärbel Kofler visited many Israeli and Palestinian institutions and representatives, and took particular interest in German projects for humanitarian development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Her visit at the Willy Brandt Center was an opportunity to reflect on her impressions and on recent political developments in the region, particularly with regards to the growing pressures on political activists in both societies, and the different narratives and claims that have shaped the conflict.

The project managers of the Willy Brandt Center, Judith Höffkes, Petra Klose and Maja Sojref, welcomed Bärbel to the Center and shared with her their insights and challenges from their recent work in the fields of dialogue and conflict transformation. Also joining the meeting was a Shabibat Fatah activist from Silwan, who is a frequent participant in our political cooperation. He explained what challenges Palestinian residents of Jerusalem face with regards to housing, employment and residency, and shared his wishes for the future of his neighbourhood and the city.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! <3

We send solidarity and best wishes for a better future to all the wonderful women around us, who work & fight everyday for an equal, just society for all.

Support our feminist work in Jerusalem & become a member of the WBC support association!

WBC – official postcard for Int. Women Day 2019, designed by Dorit Bialer

“Octaves of Light” – Performances by the Ensemble Wiener Collage in Celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah – December 17, 2018

The Willy Brandt Center was honored to host the Ensemble Wiener Collage, a chamber orchestra formation residing at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna.

The ensemble, which is internationally celebrated for its contemporary music interpretations, presented two performances as an exciting alternative to the classical concerts of the Christmas season, playing a beautiful program for an open minded audience in a scenic setting by Australian director Tania Golden.
Christmas and Hanukkah are religious winter festivals that share many similarities. The musicians took their audience on a journey lead by light, from darkness and into joy.

When choosing composers for this evening, the Ensemble looked for young, ambitious Israeli and European artists to support their work. Thus, Arnold Schönberg’s “Christmas Music“, which consists of bits and pieces of famous Christmas carols, was combined with Klezmer melodies and creations by Benjy Fox Rosen, Dietmar Hellmich, Karl Kohn, Alexander Kukelka, Leon Pollak, Ella Milch-Sherif, Alexander Stankovski and Jaime Wolfson.

The Willy Brandt Center was delighted to welcome the prominent Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sherif, who attended the performance of her latest work, composed of two songs based on Yiddish poems written by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, which were expressively interpreted by mezzo soprano Patricia Nolz.

The Ensemble Wiener Collage includes members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra who are dedicated to contemporary music, together with outstanding independent musicians from the contemporary music scene. Guest conductors have included Pierre Boulez, Friedrich Cherha and Erich Urbanner. In Jerusalem, the ensemble played under the baton of its founder René Staar.

Our thanks go to Wien Kultur, the Austrian Federal Chancellery and to the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tel Aviv, for facilitating the artists’ journey to Jerusalem and implementing these special performances at our center.

Visit of Alice Salomon Hochschule – June 8, 2018

At the Willy Brandt Center, we believe that education is the key to building a sustainable, peaceful and just future. We are therefore always happy to meet young educators and to exchange ideas about challenges in political education and how to tackle them. On the 8th June, project coordinator Maja Sojref met with students of the Alice Salomon Hochschule who were travelling in Israel and Palestine to study the impact of trauma on a personal and political level.

Given this context, the students took particular interest in the Center’s “dual narrative” approach, which recognizes and problematizes the narratives, traumas, needs and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians. They also came with a lot of questions about Holocaust education and were interested to learn that the Willy Brandt Center’s partner organisations have developed new concepts to include all of their members, be they Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Palestinian or other citizens of Israel, in their annual study trips to former concentration and death camps in Poland. The experiences and learnings from Israel and Palestine will surely accompany these young pedagogues and social workers during their studies and their professional life.