Kaleidoscope is an educational approach devoted to promoting appreciation for the value of diversity and respect between individuals of different cultures.
Using the kaleidoscope as a motif that represents multiple identities, emotions and cultures, Kaleidoscope promotes the development of social skills such as problem solving, collaboration and self-awareness, proven by research to form the foundation of respect between individuals of different cultures.
Conducted throughout Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities in city-wide strategies, Kaleidoscope includes students, educators and parents in an ongoing process that includes social skills development, reflection and interaction with people of different cultures. Kaleidoscope helps individuals develop and connect to their own identities, understand the identities of others, and commit to community and a fair society. Kaleidoscope progresses in an educational continuum that starts at the early childhood level and continues through high school. It is adapted to address various social dilemmas, focusing on encouraging interaction between Arabs and Jews, individuals of Ethiopian origin and native Israelis, children of the special and general education tracks and religious and secular students.
To date, Kaleidoscope has included approximately 40,000 participants in programming proven by professional evaluations to change attitudes and to increase the readiness of its participants to be together. Kaleidoscope’s success has led to collaboration with private and public agencies in Israel and abroad, e.g. the Ministries of Education and Absorption, and USAID, assure its sustainability. Chana Reifman Zweiter, Kaleidoscope’s Founding Director received the Bonei Zion Award presented to her at the Knesset in 2015 for her contribution diversity education in Israel.