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Jonathan, from Germany and Israel, said that while he grew up in both places, he didn’t feel that he belonged in either. At GHIS, he could connect to people who felt like him–between worlds–and that gave him a sense of belonging.

Now and next steps: Jonathan is currently in the IDF, but he’s already thinking ahead to what comes next. This thinker hopes to attend a good university–for a long time–because he wants to get a PhD and eventually become a professor. He’s still thinking about the field, but his interest in philosophy and politics will certainly guide his decisions. 

The people at GHIS: At GHIS, Jonathan was pleased to have “interacted with so many types of people. Through them I learned about the world and how people experience it, about different cultures and how they communicate with each other, and even the tensions between them.” With all that learning from each other, it’s no surprise that he says his friendships at GHIS were intense. 

Reason for attending GHIS: He was unhappy at his school in Germany, so he looked for something international where he could delve into his studies, explore a range of topics, and meet new people. It’s a decision he’s glad he made!

Summing up 2 years at GHIS: Jonathan says that while it could be difficult to live far from home in a boarding school and to meet the rigors of his classes, it was an experience he was happy he had. In fact, he “recommends it to anyone: for them to experience and understand people’s differing views on life.”

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Yaniv Sagee


yaniv sagee

For more than seven decades, Givat Haviva has provided educational programs aimed at developing a just, equal, and inclusive society. In 2018, we created GHIS as an educational incubator to develop leaders for the future of our world, the Middle East, and Israel—to help move from competition and struggle between nations to a shared, egalitarian society that operates in peace.

GHIS students study the complexity of global conflicts, the differences, and the similarities between them. They learn that individual identity can exist while accepting the identity of the other, and that conflict can be transcended through greater mutual understanding.

Our school draws on the insights of the IB program and the experience of our students from around the world, and supplements it with conflict resolution knowledge accumulated over more than 70 years in Givat Haviva. With this formula a responsible cohort of young people is being created that will one day lead our shared society.

As CEO of Givat Haviva from 2012-2021, Yaniv was one of Israel’s primary leaders of shared society. In this role he created programs that promote these values and educate as many citizens as possible to the benefits of working together.

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David Zehavi

Hebrew Literature

David joined GHIS because he was looking for the right educational establishment to develop personally and professionally. As soon as he heard about GHIS, he realized that it suits his values.

“As someone who has always been committed to coexistence in Israel, I see GHIS as a great vehicle to bring young people together in an accepting and non-prejudicial way.”

As well as being a teacher, David is also trained in special needs education at all school levels.

David holds a joint Honors B.Ed.  in Special Education ages 6 to 21, and BA in Literature at Oranim College