The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation Seminar in Israel for California Student Leaders - December 2014/January 2015

Dates: December 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Project Interchange gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, without whose support this seminar for California student leadership would not have been possible.

A select group of 12 student leaders traveled to Israel with PI over their winter break. The delegation included student government and club leaders from private and public universities across California, including Stanford University, University of California- Los Angeles, University of California - Berkeley, San Diego State University, and University of Southern California.

Only a few months after the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the delegation learned about complex geostrategic and political challenges facing Israel and the region. Participants also met with Israeli students, government officials, civic leaders, and journalists to learn more about Israel’s current societal and economic challenges and successes, its cultural and religious diversity, and its vibrant – sometimes challenging- democracy. Participants also visited the Old City of Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Tel Aviv Gay Center, and enjoyed ATV rides through the Judean desert.

The students left Israel with a much better understanding of Israel and its people. Many of the students look forward to sharing their experiences back on campus and learning more about the country and the region as they continue their studies.

“This seminar increased my understanding about the importance of Jerusalem as a Holy Place. I always overlook religion, but now I understand the importance and the culture in the Old City.” – Student, UC Irvine

“What shocked me was how normal life is in Israel and even in Ramallah. People don’t spend all day thinking about the conflict or turmoil in the region.” – Student, University of Southern California

Photo album: California Student Leaders - December 2014/January 2015