Category Archives: Judaism

Walking through History – by Danielle Bauke

Walking Through History I was filled with excitement when I saw the CIIS email months ago about an Israel summer course. I believe the best way to learn more about the culture and history of an area is to get … Continue reading

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Beni Brak – by Kalie Garwood

Today we toured Bnei Brak, an ultraorthodox Jewish part of Israel. Before this we had spent all of our time in parts of Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv both of which gave off the same modern feel as the United … Continue reading

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Beni Brak – by Matt Egbert

Starting off our first full day in Israel, we began the trip with an exposure to an entirely different cultural community that we had experienced before, the ultra-orthodox community in the city of Bnei Brak. What makes Bnei Brak so … Continue reading

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Eye Opening

I always wanted to go Israel because I grew up hearing about my  Zionist father’s experience in the country. He would vividly recall the roads, the buildings he worked on, the food he ate, and the people he met. The … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Again, Let’s Go Again!

I originally signed up for this course because of my interest in world conflicts and security; as well as to gain insight on one of the longest conflicts in recent history.  Also, as a government major, this was a great … Continue reading

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It’s not a “Separation Barrier” … and the Bedouins. Let’s not forget about breakfast

Today was my favorite day of the trip so far.  Being very interested in law, I was really looking forward to going to the Israeli Supreme Court, and I found their court system and the way it works to be … Continue reading

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Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem May 22

Today we visited Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Mount Herzl is Israel’s national cemetery and Yad Vashem is the state’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Mount Herzl is named after Theodore Herzl, one of the early … Continue reading

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Visiting Bnei Barak, and the Orthodox

Today, we headed to the city of Bnei Barak. This is the capital for the Ultra-Orthodox Jews. One thing that I found to be interesting is the significance of their dress. For the women, it is about being modest. Involved … Continue reading

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Israeli Independence – May 17th 2017

On our class trip today we traveled into the Israeli city Tel Aviv to learn more about the Israeli nationalist narrative Jews are taught about Israel’s founding.  Today Tel Aviv is a bustling metropolitan city and a financial hub in … Continue reading

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