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WashU Campus Leaders Israel Experience

Trip Dates:  July 28th-August 8th, 2019
Cost:  Free*

Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis is excited to begin the application process for the 2019 WashU Campus Leaders Israel Experience (CLIE)!  This trip is designed for 25 undergraduate student leaders involved in diverse campus groups and roles on campus, most with little or no connection to or previous experiences in Israel.  CLIE participants will interact meaningfully with Israeli society and history, exploring the many nuances and complexities of maintaining a Jewish and democratic state while developing a textured understanding of Israel-Palestinian conflict. 

The trip will take student leaders across the country, exploring old and new cities, engaging with prominent authors, activists, political leaders, and more. Students will learn about the unique social, political, economic, and religious aspects of life in different regions, and engage with one another in conversation about their experiences and viewpoints in Israel and back on campus.

Trip Highlights

This unique Geo-Political tour of Israel and the West Bank is designed to give participants a nuanced experience, learning from a spectrum of Israel and Palestinian society.  Below is a sample of what WashU campus leaders might expect on the trip, though the final itinerary is subject to change:

-        Explore models of co-existence with an Islamic Cleric

-        Learn about Tel Aviv’s thriving LGBTQIA* culture on an interactive walking tour

-        Experience Mediterranean beach culture on the coast of Tel Aviv

-        Visit the boarder community of Sederot just a few miles away from Gaza and see how they’ve adapted to their environment

-        Take part in peace project on the boarder wall of Gaza

-        Experience (and taste!) the agricultural revolution taking place in Israel’s Negev Desert

-        Float in the Dead Sea

-        Tour Israel’s parliament – The Knesset – and meet with MK Mussi Raz

-        Briefing with Israeli Peace negotiator Miri Eisin

-        Tour Yad VaShem – Israel’s World Holocaust Remembrance Center

-        Taste your way through Mahane Yehuda, Israel’s largest open air market

-        Share a traditional Shabbat dinner with a local Jerusalem host family

-        Reflect at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site

-        Explore Jerusalem’s Old City including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

-        Eat a TON of Hummus

-        Visit Israeli Settlements in the West Bank and meet with a community member over lunch and wine tasting

-        Ascend the Temple Mount – a site holy to both Jews and Muslims

-        Travel to Bethlehem in the West Bank and tour the Church of the Nativity

-        Walk through the streets of Ramalah and meet with members of the Palestinian Authority

-        Cruise the Sea of the Galilee and enjoy nightlife in Tiberias

-        Taste the beer in Tybeh one of the first Palestinian breweries

-        Go off-roading in Israel’s north to explore the history and terrain of the Golan Heights

-        View the Achmadiya mosey in the Kababir neighborhood of Haifa

-        Visit an absorption center for Ethiopian immigrants in Yokneam – St. Louis’s sister city

Important Dates and Information:

January 23, 2019 - Information session

February 6, 2019 - Application deadline

February 15, 2019 - Final day of rolling interviews

March 1, 2019 - Registration form and deposit deadline

March 3, 2019 - First CLIE orientation meeting

 

*Trip Costs

Airfare to/from Israel, 2 meals per day, 10-day guided tour of Israel, and accommodations in 4-5 star hotels, authentic Israeli Kibbutzim (communal farms), and a night in a Bedouin tent, plus travel medical insurance are fully-underwritten by Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis and the Maccabee Task Force.  Participants are required to cover airfare/transportation to JFK International airport, from EWR International Airport in Newark, NJ, one meal per day, and spending money for snacks, souvenirs, etc. 

Selected participants are required to submit a $150 refundable trip deposit.  The deposit will be submitted upon acceptance of the trip and will be refunded so long as the individual goes on the trip or withdraws prior to May 10, 2019.

Have any additional questions? Contact Rabbi Jordan here.