IN-PERSON EXPERIENTIAL ISRAEL PROGRAMS
SQUEEZE THE CHALLENGES
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Through 1,900 years of expulsion, oppression, and genocide, the Jewish people have still managed to keep their spirit alive and eventually overcome all odds to liberate themselves in their ancestral homeland. Now, we’re sharing this story as an inspiration for people to overcome a struggle or “squeeze a lemon” of their own. By coming to our lemonade stand on campus, students can grab a free lemonade, share in our story, get inspired, and squeeze out some of their challenges too. This program is about spreading positivity and empowerment, and connecting that to the story of Israel.
Check out the lemonade stand here!
This program brings a giant blackboard to campus, inviting students to take a pause from their busy lives and write about what they are grateful for. It was inspired by the “Ten Days of Gratitude” project from Israel, held annually between Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Independence Day, which encourages Israelis to stop, reflect, and focus on the positive as they transition from darkness to light. The powerful concept of making the world a brighter place through thankfulness truly resonates in Israel, on campus, and beyond.
Visit the Gratitude Days site here.
SPILLING THE TEA
Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities have made enormous contributions to Israel, our community, and the world. Despite being faced with many challenges throughout Jewish and Israeli history, they have developed a rich culture and traditions that have deeply enhanced the Israeli and Jewish community. “Spill the Tea” with us and learn about the history, stories, and experiences of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews through the exploration of traditional local teas.
OUR VOICES FOR PEACE
Inspire dialogue between students on campus by showcasing Israeli peace initiatives that bring together Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, to pursue coexistence and peace-building. This program tells the story of real-life figures, and invites participants to write hand-written notes of encouragement to those doing this important work. Our Voices for Peace creates an opportunity to actively support cooperation and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians on the ground. Visit Our Voices for Peace here.