Servas Israel members spent the weekend of 8-9 March 2019 together - celebrating the International Women's Day on 8 March 2019 in the Arab village of Jisr az Zarqa and participating in the Annual Assembly on Saturday 8 March 2019 in Yuvalim.
The visit in Jisr az Zarqa, located on the Israel National Trail, on the Mediterranean coast plain, was devoted mainly to the village intrapreneurs and artists - men and women - who work for the benefit of the community in general and empowerment of women in particular.
We met social-community leaders, the owner and manager of Juha Guesthouse and Tours, to learn about the history of the village - past and present.
Then we met three artists in their homes - a painter and daughter and a photographer who works as photo therapist. We saw their works of art - reflecting the life in the village and its landscapes.
Also, we learned about their lives and challenges of living in this village in general and about being a woman there in particular. At the end of the tour, some of us participated in a straw weaving workshop.
This is a place worth visiting - the village with its picturesque houses, the people warm and welcoming: https://www.zarqabay.com
Most Servas members, arriving from distant areas, stayed overnight with hosts in the area - a good opportunity to get to know each other better.
Next day, on Saturday, we all met in Yuvalim for our Annual Assembly.
First, we watched a beautiful performance of representatives of Karmiel dancing group and a lecture about Esperanto language history and its relation to Servas name.
Following the communal lunch, based on home-made dishes, we continued with the formal Assembly - we learned about Servas Board and volunteers