"People desire to break away from what they hear on the news. They choose, instead, to come together and meet each other on a personal level, without stigma, special conditions, or bias."
Who we are
Kulna Yerushalayim was founded in the summer of 2016 by Arab and Jewish friends from East and West Jerusalem after a long history of partnership in advancing coexistence in the city. In 2011, the founders launched “Simply Sing,” a series of sing-along events in Hebrew and Arabic designed to bring Jews and Arabs together around a shared love of Middle Eastern music. As “Simply Sing” gained more traction, its founders realized that in order to lead significant change on the ground – particularly in East Jerusalem – they needed to start a new organization, one jointly run by Arabs and Jews and independent of established organizations and agendas. Shortly thereafter, the young friends began working to institutionalize and expand, transforming "Simply Sing" into "Kulna Yerushalayim."
Dance, acrobatic ability, music and poetry. With the Brazilian art sweeping East Jerusalem, the "Menino Boom" troop was created – and with it, a framework of personal and social development for young East Jerusalemites.