Invite us to put together an entire day, weekend or week-long seminar focused on Israel & the Geopolitics of the Middle East. We will build a schedule that best fits your interests, incorporating many of our sessions and seminars. You will be joined by an amazing team of educators & guides, go out for fascinating site visits and hear from expert lecturers. Here are few extended seminars we have offered in the past.
GEOPOLITICS OF JERUSALEM
Is the collective security of one people more important than the collective rights of another? This dilemma, and many others, will be addressed in a Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem, where you will visit a checkpoint, the security barrier, the “last road in Jerusalem,” and overlook a Palestinian refugee camp within Jerusalem.
SECURITY BRIEFING & TOUR OF THE GAZA BORDER REGION
Tour the local area to get an understanding of the challenges of having Hamas right next door. See the humanitarian border crossing discuss the hardships of life in Gaza. Gain a deeper perspective of the security challenges posed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
LOD: NARRATIVES IN ACTION
Expose yourself to the meeting place of contrasting perspectives. Take a tour of Old Lod through the eyes of a local Arab/Jewish Community Center. Meet locals on the ground involved in grassroots work of bringing opposing communities together.
GOVERNMENT & DIPLOMACY
Understand Israel's complex governing system. Learn who the main political players are. Wrestle with Israel's geostrategic dilemmas. Engage the narratives of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. Absorb the myths, facts and analysis to cultivate your own opinion on the most pressing issues facing Israel today.
GEOPOLITICS OF JAFFA
Gain a deeper understanding of the geopolitics of Israel by exploring the Zionist and Palestinian narratives of Jaffa. Take a look at the history of Jaffa in the context of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and meet with local Palestinian and Israeli residents of the area to gain a greater understanding of the divergent nationalistic narratives and how they co-exist and come into tension.
THE SOCIAL, MORAL & LEGAL DILEMMA OF REFUGEES
Join us for an exploration of a challenging social issue in Israel society today – African Aslyum Seekers in South Tel Aviv. What is the responsibility of Israel as a democratic state to those seeking refuge in its borders? What does Jewish tradition say about treating the “other”? Can Israel – the only landlocked territory connecting the African content to Euro-Asia -- be the answer to economic and conflict displacement in Africa? Or do our values teach us that some things are beyond geopolitics? The challenges of this issue from both a social-justice, geopolitical, local politics & human rights perspectives will be explored.
RELIGION & STATE: THE KOTEL CONTROVERSY
Should the Kotel be a synagogue, holy tourist site or national landmark? Who should administer it? What is the current policy of the Israel government? Tour the site, hear first-hand from a Women of the Wall activist and a local Orthodox Jewish woman advocating to keep the Kotel as an “Orthodox” Synagogue.
THE CITY OF DAVID: COMPETING NARRATIVES IN A SHARED SPACE
Many claim the contemporary challenges evident in the City of David & Silwan can help us understand the roots of the territorial dispute between the Zionist and Palestinian nationalist movements in the same homeland. While the City of David is an impressive archaeological site showcasing layers of historical artifacts, some dated to the days of King David, the area is also home to thousands of Palestinians living in the neighborhood of Silwan. This seminar will focus on the competing indigenous narratives in this historically contested area of Jerusalem. It will include a guided tour of the City of David by a Jewish tour guide and an encounter with a local Palestinian activist.