CAF conducts activities that promote civic engagement, encourage active citizenship, and inspire members of the public to play an active role in formulating policies that affect their daily lives and their future.
This is CAF's first long-term goal. We regard a shared society as a tangible expression of an ideal democracy in which citizens from all sectors and strata of society take responsibility for shaping a common public space, and work together to solve social and civic problems.
We have been working to create dialogue and civic action groups of Jews and Arabs across the country, in cooperation with civic and community organizations, including groups of ultra-Orthodox and Arab participants, among them a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women and religious Arab women.
Along with dialogue groups we conduct public learning and dialogue events and conferences on various issues of civil concern with the participation of citizens from all segments of Israeli society. The annual Jaffa Convention, begun in 2005, is CAF’s flagship program. In addition to the annual gathering, which serves as the main platform for discussion of Jewish-Arab relations, the Jaffa Convention consists of roundtable events and conferences on specific issues held throughout the year.