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Posted on 07/28/2011 @ 05:20 PM

My personal adventure today was a little different than anyone else’s – having to wait in a hotel in Haifa for two hours just for a letter to arrive, after some angry phone calls of course and with the help of an Israeli woman working at the hotel, and once it did arrive, driving for over 45 minutes to get only 30 minutes away and join with the rest of the group.  But thankfully, that was the only crazy for today.

The REST of the group, on the other hand, spent the morning at Oranim College in Kiryat Tiv’on.  In the beginning, two groups of PDIers chose songs in Hebrew to broadcast on the college’s radio station, and then afterwards, everyone was interviewed on air by the DJ.  Once the broadcast was over, we all (yes, I had joined the group by now) had a chance to meet with five Israeli students at Oranim College, and do some Chevrutah – small group discussions – on various readings and texts related to Israel and Zionism.  It was interesting comparing the American and Israeli perspectives both on Zionism and on the texts themselves, and I think we learned something very valuable speaking with them.

After lunch at Oranim College, we headed north to the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum in Kibbutz Lochamei Hagetaot ( Ghetto Fighters).  Here, we met with a Holocaust educator who discussed with us how to bring the Holocaust, concepts of recognizing good vs. evil, and dehumanization back to our teens.  He was able to discuss with us where first-hand educational experiences such as the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum could also fit into an educational curriculum.

Tonight, we head back to Jerusalem, where we will be staying for the next few days.  Hope you’re all enjoying reading about our travels!

Rich Gordon

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