Madrasa - Learning to Communicate

Madrasa - Learning to Communicate

What is Madrasa?

Madrasa is a social, educational and technological organization that teaches
hundreds of thousands of  Israelis to communicate in Arabic. Currently, over 95,000 Israelis are enrolled in at least one of Madrasa’s  completely free colloquial Arabic courses. Additionally, Madrasa have over 200,000 monthly unique  engagements with our various social media content. Madrasa also has partnerships with 50 different  businesses, civil-society organizations, schools, universities and government ministries who benefit from  our educational and strategic projects.

Why Madrasa?

We aim to make Arabic a common denominator, and help turn Israeli society into one  where all members can communicate with each other.

Our Vision

We aim to make Arabic a common denominator, and help turn Israeli society into one  where all members can communicate with each other.

How do we get there

By changing the public attitude and opinion on Arabic and Arabs 

We do this by creating and exposing hundreds of  thousands of followers to top-quality Arabic  content on social networks and media. This content focuses on everyday personal interactions, highlighting Arabic in a positive light. 

By making absolutely everyone a student!  

Over 100 people sign up for our online courses  daily, all of them reach our courses exclusively by  being exposed to our online content. Every month,  we start a new learning track in approximately 10  communities and organizations.

By teaching people to genuinely communicate 

our method combines the most advanced technological and pedagogical tools in the world  for language learning and is based on the Proficiency approach. Our teaching focuses on practical tools designed to break down personal and social barriers, in order to make the Arabic  language and culture accessible in a positive and  humanizing manner. 

By creating conversation opportunities  

between native-speaking teachers and coaches and our vast student community: Speech practicing sessions occur across the country, we  offer hybrid courses in local communities, as well  as long-term pedagogical processes and  large-scale educational programs in schools,  universities, the National Student Union, the Israel  Medicine Association, various government  ministries.

By creating a social movement  

numbering hundreds of thousands a movement that promotes an alternative discourse and a fresh outlook on communication  and that takes responsibility through learning,  meeting, volunteering and advocating for public  and institutional change.

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Our Team

Gilad Sevitt

Founder and R&D director. Holds a BA in Sociology, Anthropology, Arabic, and Buddhism. Lives in Jerusalem and is interested in ecology, music, and (obviously) languages.

Daniel Dotan

Lawyer and social activist. Founder and CEO of Madrasa. A football addict, photographer, and writer of cryptic crosswords (only in Hebrew for now), and father of Alma and Yahel.

Yaniv Gershon

Website manager and content writer at madrasa. Holds a BA in Information Science and Arabic at Bar Ilan University. Has knowledge of both Arabic and computer languages. His Holy Trinity is Arabic, technology and social change. Likes board game and healthy food.

Louise Drori

VP of Business Development and Marketing at Madrasa. Establishes and manages business development departments in organizations combining the social, public and business for over a decade. Lives and breathes the world of marketing and sales and specializes in opening doors, creating opportunities and connecting people from different professional worlds.

Michal Rosen

Director of digital media at Madrasa team. Holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Likes languages. Learns Arabic and engages in creating content for networks, graphic design and teaching. practices Yoga and is a creative musician.

Sondos Alhoot

Teacher and Presenter in Madrasa. A graduate of the Hebrew University, teaches Arabic and Hebrew in the US, and in "Medabrot" program, works in Snunit as an Arabic field coordinator, translator and content writer and guides Arabic teachers. Her dream to have her own school.

Raghed Azam

Produces digital content in Madrasa. Student with a master's degree in Arabic and Islamic studies. Holds a bachelor's degree in Italian literature and communication and works in translation (Arabic, Hebrew, English, French and Italian). Mother of Basbusa- a two-year-old cat.

Shahaf Barkai

Administrative manager. Holds a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate in history. Loves nature, people and animals. Believes that meeting and communication are the basis for creating a society and a good relationship.

Ofir Lugasi

Director of training and language activities at Madrasa. Holds a bachelor's degree in Middle East and psychology from Ben Gurion University. Creator of the podcast "Tishrafna". In her free time watches anime and learns Arabic.

Ori Yurovitz

Director of Operations. A fresh Jerusalemite and comes straight from Mitzpe Ramon. Loves books, music and cinema, studies physics and philosophy in the Hebrew University.

Join the Revolution

People often ask us – why teach for FREE?? Why not take just a small amount from each student? HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE?

Our answer is clear – Each and every one of us deserves the opportunity to learn to communicate in Arabic.

We do not sell a “product”, or offer a hobby. We are all (our team, students and fans) promoting a social goal – to create a healthy, communicating society.

We came all this way thanks to thousands of people who believe – in us and in our social vision.

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