According to UNESCO, “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.” The day was first marked in 2002 and is celebrated every year on May 21.
Rambam Health Care Campus recently marked World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, holding a special event focused on the Hebrew Theater comedy, "Chocolate-Vanilla", starring comedian Erez Shalem and actress Aviva Ngusa. The play tells the story of an Israeli student of Ethiopian origin who is studying at Tel Aviv University and trying to rent an apartment in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, near the university. This original Israeli comedy was first performed just prior to the protests that rocked the Ethiopian-Israeli community several years ago, and glaringly exposes the issue of diversity in Israel to the audience.
Upon entering the auditorium, Rambam employees were treated to a unique exhibition called “I am Diversity,” focusing on a wide array of diverse ethnic groups. Before the performance, Mr. Eli Ben Shlush, Rambam’s Director of Human Resources, addressed the gathering. “The Rambam family is a prime example and role model for multiculturalism and coexistence, representing Israeli society in every aspect.”
Ms. Nardeen Sbait Jatas, Rambam’s Legal Counsel in charge of employment diversity at the hospital, expressed, “The issue of human diversity is ever-present at the hospital, as the cultural, religious, and racial background of our patients is varied and manifold. The need to maintain diversity among our staff ensures the success of the treatment and recovery of our dear patients, citizens of the entire State of Israel.”