Community Practice Fellows
In January 2006, the ICAN received its first cohort of Community Practice Fellows. This Fellowship was created to give the Centres in the region the opportunity to provide community organising experience and academic training in a North American context to valued staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed supporters. Seven Fellows spent six months in Montreal and six months at home working at the Centres in this year-long, non-degree program.Most of the graduates have continued to work in the Centres, working to fundraise, operate food cooperatives, coordinate the storefront at the new Centre in Lod, and more.
is now Coordinator of the Storefront in the new Community Advocacy Centre in Lod. With a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, Tali went on to study gender and women’s studies. She is also actively involved in the Arab-Jewish movement Ta’ayush. As a Fellow in Montreal, she interned with the South Asian Women’s Community Centre.
, from Amman, Jordan, is completing his BA in marketing at the New York Institute of Technology’s Jordanian affiliate. He works at former ICAN partner the Jordan Red Crescent as a project coordinator and disaster management specialist. He previously worked at the Ashrafieh centre as well.
is the fundraising coordinator at the Al Quds Community Action Centre. She did her community practice in Montreal at Head and Hands, learning from their fundraising team. She holds an English Language and Literature degree from Al-Quds University and has taught at two schools in the Jerusalem area.
After completing his Community Practice Fellowship, Kobi Halpern
worked as the coordinator of the Community Advocacy Food Cooperative in the Katamonim neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Kobi has a BA in Economics & Management from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and worked at Community Advocacy in Jerusalem as a public housing coordinator from 2003. Kobi has also taken various courses in community dialogue and community organization. In Montreal, he worked with the NDG Community Council on network-building and campaigns. He is now a senior advisor to the Minister of Welfare.
returned to work at the Community Action Centre in the Old City when he returned from Montreal, where he trained at the Montreal City Mission. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Development from Al-Quds University. He is a social worker with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and has volunteered at the Centre for the Defence of Liberties and Civil Rights.
, 26, holds a BA in Psychology from An-Najah National University and an MA in Gender and Development from Birzeit. She volunteered at the Nablus Centre for 5 years before participating in ICAN's 6-month Community Practice Fellowship in 2006. Most recently, Samah worked in a psychosocial support program through UNRWA. Later, returnign as an MSW Fellow, she looked at strategies to improve overall social support system in Nablus.
returned from Montreal to the Al Quds CAC to complete her practice fellowship. She has a BA in Sociology and is working on an MA in Women, Law and Development at Birzeit University. She has also worked at the Tamer Institute for Community Education, where she coordinated projects promoting the role of youth in society.