Project Interchange Leading Rhodes Scholars Delegation to Visit Israel

March 26th, 2012

(Jerusalem, Israel) - A delegation of ten prominent Rhodes Scholars will be in Israel March 24-29, for a first-hand look at Israel, including its political, historical, cultural, technological, strategic and religious dimensions. The educational seminar, which includes participants from the United States, Australia, Kenya, and New Zealand, is sponsored by Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC. Project Interchange has a long and proud history of developing educational seminars in Israel for Rhodes Scholars, with this seminar marking the ninth such seminar for Rhodes Scholars.

During the course of their Project Interchange seminar in Israel, the Rhodes Scholars will participate in in-depth briefings related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli and Palestinian politics and society, high tech solutions to world problems, Israel as a “Start Up Nation”, and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers, academics, and government officials.

Participants will examine economic development, pluralism, integration and absorption of immigrants, strategic and security issues, education, the public health system, Arab-Jewish coexistence, and the pursuit of peace. They will also visit areas of historical, strategic and religious importance.

Established through the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1903, the Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international graduate scholarships in the world, which bring outstanding students from many countries to Oxford. Rhodes’ vision in founding the scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who demonstrate high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.

Sam Witkin, Project Interchange Executive Director noted, “We are delighted to host this delegation of international Rhodes Scholars to Israel. This seminar, in the best tradition of Project Interchange, will provide the opportunity for frank discussions of current events with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders and world-class experts, while continuing to further strengthen relationships with future opinion leaders and decision-makers.”

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Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), conducts seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Since 1982, Project Interchange has brought over 5,800 influential figures to Israel from more than 68 countries, offering them broad exposure to complex regional issues.