The seminar component comprises of five elements.
Both Sides of the Fence
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a central and unresolved part of Israel’s political and historical landscape. This seminar is designed specifically for Beyond Israel participants who wish to interact with all sides of the divide. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with both Jewish and Arab Israelis, as well as Palestinians and settlers in the West Bank. This will entail travelling to Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah and Hebron (security permitting). Uniquely, the seminar does not have its own political agenda, but wishes provide participants with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the conflict that will enable them to draw their own conclusions.
Hands on learning
The Hands on Learning component of Beyond Israel focuses on contemporary Jewish issues including: LGBT and Israel ,Illegal Migrants, the relationship between the Ultra - Orthodox and the State of Israel. Each day, participants will explore a different theme by reviewing historical texts, visiting important sites and/or engaging with educators who have expertise in the area of focus. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of philosophical frameworks, allowing them to form opinions of their own.
mUSEUMS OF ISRAEL
Museums in Israel do not always conform to what is conventional. Each week we will explore a different aspect of Israel and how this is represented through its museums. We will visit Ben Gurion House, The Begin Centre, Tel Aviv Art Museum/Design Museum Holon, Madatech, Peres Centre and more.
Most visitors to Israel have taken tour buses to the major tourist attractions in Israel. Beyond Israel wants its participants to explore lesser known parts of the country. Once a week in small groups students will undertake self guided tours to locations off the beaten track. These will include Be’er Sheva, Nazareth, Zichron, Beit Shean and more.
Weekly volunteering at locations across Israel.