ARDC conducts and participates in a variety of events, workshops, activities, and programs aimed at enriching and developing the life and culture of the Asylum Seeker community in Israel. The aim of our Community Life program is twofold: to bridge the gap between Asylum Seekers and Israelis and to sustain and maintain the community’s culture.
Community life at ARDC is devoted to empowerment. Under its umbrella, people come together from many different backgrounds and identities, all full of life and culture, through interactive, positive and educational experiences.
The community life consists of all of our enrichment programs, some special events, and some on-going workshops, that reflect the wide range of cultural and social activities in which we are engaged.
ARDC partners with other artists and organizations in order to carry out projects; some are dedicated to community cultural events, some connecting with Israeli society, and some marking international days. Their purpose is to strengthen the community and expose Israel to its lively culture through art, personal acquaintance and storytelling.
Our events include a world refugee day festival, hearing personal stories and embracing what it means to be a refugee, 30/30 breakfasts, which brings influential Israeli entrepreneurs and outstanding Asylum Seekers together, and an international women’s day event, a festive and colorful event with many wonderful speakers, musicians, and delicious and colorful Eritrean and African food.
ARDC runs several workshops which consist of meeting for multiple sessions, such as, an art forum workshops which not only connect Asylum Seekers and Israelis through art but also allow them to reflect and think of their homes and journeys as refugees.
Additionally, our Holocaust history workshops, created following requests of asylum seekers, are designated to answer questions and shed a light about the history of the people of Israel in the darkest period of all, and to allow the asylum seeker participants, some of them are victims of torture who escaped persecution an genocide, to reflect upon their traumas.