Trip Blog: Day One

December 30th, 2013

Allison Tenenbaum, Assistant Director, U.S. Programs, Project Interchange, is in Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange Seminar for California Student Leaders, and is blogging about the delegation’s experiences.

On Sunday, December 29, a delegation of 12 California-based students began a week-long educational journey in Israel through AJC’s Project Interchange.

Our arrival to Ben Gurion Airport began the fourth annual Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation Seminar in Israel for California Student Leaders. I’ve had the pleasure of leading this unique program since December 2011. Each time I return to DC with new facts about the state of California–its weather, its politics, its higher education system–from the lens of intelligent, involved, and motivated student leaders. Each time, the California-based delegation is witness to a new state of Israel–new high-tech ventures, surprising Dead Sea rain storms, prospects of peace–from the lens of, well, everyone.

Like all Project Interchange delegations, these 12 first-time visitors to Israel are about to be exposed to the ever-changing, ever-complicated, ever-vibrant, state and people of Israel, warts and all.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Project Interchange.