Our Journey in Israel as a Cohort
Posted on 07/24/2011 @ 11:12 AM
With Shabbat in Tel Aviv behind us, BBYO PDI Cohort 2 began our first full week in Israel with some Hebrew and a lesson in Zionist thought. We read a piece by Martin Buber, the 19th Century Jewish German philosopher, who outlined the difference between Nationalism and Zionism.
At mid-day, we split up into three groups to visit three different organizations doing social justice work in Israel. One group met with an organization that supports foreign workers. Another group met with an organization that works with gay and lesbian youth. The third group, which was the group that I was a part of, met with HUB Tel Aviv, a network of social entrepreneurs working together in one space, collaborating and creating a community of social entrepreneurs within Tel Aviv. It was fascinating to hear from professionals at HUB as well as members – individuals working at the HUB space to further their causes ranging from environmental efficiency to community service projects in India. The hours spent with HUB gave me a new glimpse into everyday life for an Israeli and allowed me to draw comparisons between myself and Israelis in a new way.
As we continue along our journey in Israel as a Cohort, we continue to be amazed at the vibrancy of life in Israel and the strides Israeli society is making to compete in a modern economic and cultural world.