Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour

Welcome to Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour

“To be a people free in our land”

Welcome to Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour

“To be a people free in our land”

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

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Sunday, August 9 2020

Highlights

Between State and Synagoguewith Guy Ben Porat
Elinoy Kisslove
Guy Ben Porat
Everything is Illuminated2
Everything Is Illuminated

Sunday, August 2 2020

Highlights

Exploring Russian Israeli Food
Assaf Boker
Marina Maximillian
Elliot Glassenberg
Lior Gersht

Tour Agenda

Tour Agenda

Sunday, July 26 2020

To Be

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminGood Morning! Introduction - 9:00-9:30 am
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Assaf Boker
Assaf Boker TO BE: Security Tour of Israel - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Opening

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Session 01

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Session 02

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Reflection

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Sunday, July 26 2020

To Be

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminGood Morning! Introduction - 9:00am-9:30
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Assaf Boker
Assaf BokerTO BE: Security Tour of Israel - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Opening

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Session 01

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Session 02

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Reflection

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Sunday, August 2 2020

People

Break - 10:15-10:30
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Elinoy Kisslove
Elinoy KissloveThe People of Israel, a reflection through Graffiti - 10:30-11:15
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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4HQ

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The 1.5 Generation

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Peoplehood & Graffiti

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Reflection

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Sunday, August 2 2020

People

Break - 10:15-10:30
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Elinoy Kisslove
Elinoy KissloveThe People of Israel, a reflection through Graffiti - 10:30-11:15
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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4HQ

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The 1.5 Generation

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Peoplehood & Graffiti

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Reflection

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Sunday, August 9 2020

Free

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminGood Morning! Opening session - 9:00-9:30 am
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Guy Ben Porat
Guy Ben Porat Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Contemporary Israel - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Elliot Glassenbeg
Elliot Glassenbeg The Israeli Democracy in the Middle East - 10:30-11:15
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Sunday, August 9 2020

Free

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminOpening Discussion - 9:00am-9:30
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Guy Ben Porat
Guy Ben Porat Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Contemporary Israel - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Elliot Glassenbeg
Elliot Glassenbeg The Israeli Democracy in the Middle East - 10:30-11:15
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Sunday, August 16 2020

In Our Land

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminGood Morning! Opening session - 9:00-9:30 am
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Assaf Boker
Assaf Boker Jerusalem is Jewish - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Li-or Gurshet
Li-or GurshetIsraeli Dinner 7:00pm-8:00
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*Optional Evening Event
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Sunday, August 16 2020

In Our Land

Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminOpening Discussion - 9:00am-9:30
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Assaf Boker
Assaf Boker Jerusalem is Jewish - 9:30-10:15
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Break - 10:15-10:30
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Vadim Blumin
Vadim BluminProcessing & Reflection - 11:15-11:45
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Presenters Bios

Presenters Bios

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Vadim Blumin

Vadim is a historian and a social activist in the fields of Jewish education and civil society. Currently the director of the Mandel Program for Excellence at The Jewish Agency for Israel, he was formerly a content and training specialist at Makom, the Strategic Content Unit of the Jewish Agency, and headed its education department in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that he was the executive director of 1+1: Association of Immigrant Youth, a nonprofit that develops innovative frameworks for young Russian-speaking teens, including leadership and community development and helps youth at risk throughout Israel’s periphery. Alumni of the GVANIM program for pluralism and leadership, as well as the JDC-ELKA (Institute for Leadership and Governance) training program for directors-general of voluntary organizations. He is one of the founders of the 1.5 Generation: Russian-speaking Israelis and a Board Member of several Non-Profit NGO's, local and international Philanthropies. Vadim lives in Ramat Gan with his husband, Roman, and their daughter, Danielle.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Vadim Blumin

Vadim was born last century in a country no longer exists. Understanding that a country can cease to exist because of internal threats like a loss of shared values and solidarity, has led him to want to do everything in his power to ensure that it won't happen again in Israel. Vadim is a historian and a social activist in the fields of Jewish education and civil society. Currently the director of the Mandel Program for Excellence at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Before that he was (among other things) Educational Shaliach to St. Petersburg, Russia, One of the founders of the 1.5 Generation; Russian-speaking Young Adults, a member of the Content Committee of Limmud-FSU. Vadim lives in Ramat Gan with his husband, Roman, and their daughter, Danielle.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Shaliach in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from JTS.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Shaliach in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from JTS.

Guy Ben-Porat

Dr. Guy Ben-Porat was born in Israel (1967), studied at Tel-Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. in Poli4cal Science). In his first book Global Liberalism, Local Populism; Peace and Conflict in Israel/Pales4ne and Northern Ireland he explored the peace process in Israel and Northern Ireland. His latest book engages with processes and dilemmas of secularization in contemporary Israel. He is the father of two daughters and lives in Lehavim, in the south of Israel.

Li-or Gersht

Li-or Gersht is the Community Shlicha (Israeli emissary)for Cleveland. Li-or works with both the Department of International Operations and the Young Leadership Division. Her portfolio includes Israeli programming for young adults and coordinating the Cleveland 248 program cohort. Li-or grew up in the Tel Aviv area, and was active in the local youth movement, Kiryat Alon. While in high school, she served as a Madricha for the group (running weekly activities with the participants) and as a senior was the educational coordinator. Li-or served in the Israel Defense Force for almost 8 years, most recently as a Captain in the research department in the intelligence corps. During her service, she completed her Bachelor in Science Degree in Biology from Tel Aviv University.

Guy Ben-Porat

Dr. Guy Ben-Porat was born in Israel (1967), studied at Tel-Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. in Poli4cal Science). In his first book Global Liberalism, Local Populism; Peace and Conflict in Israel/Pales4ne and Northern Ireland he explored the peace process in Israel and Northern Ireland. His latest book engages with processes and dilemmas of secularization in contemporary Israel. He is the father of two daughters and lives in Lehavim, in the south of Israel.

Li-or Gersht

Cleveland Shlicha

Presenters Bios

Vadim Blumin

Vadim is a historian and a social activist in the fields of Jewish education and civil society. Currently the director of the Mandel Program for Excellence at The Jewish Agency for Israel, he was formerly a content and training specialist at Makom, the Strategic Content Unit of the Jewish Agency, and headed its education department in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that he was the executive director of 1+1: Association of Immigrant Youth, a nonprofit that develops innovative frameworks for young Russian-speaking teens, including leadership and community development and helps youth at risk throughout Israel’s periphery. Alumni of the GVANIM program for pluralism and leadership, as well as the JDC-ELKA (Institute for Leadership and Governance) training program for directors-general of voluntary organizations. He is one of the founders of the 1.5 Generation: Russian-speaking Israelis and a Board Member of several Non-Profit NGO's, local and international Philanthropies. Vadim lives in Ramat Gan with his husband, Roman, and their daughter, Danielle.

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Shaliach in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from JTS.

Guy Ben-Porat

Dr. Guy Ben-Porat was born in Israel (1967), studied at Tel-Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. in Poli4cal Science). In his first book Global Liberalism, Local Populism; Peace and Conflict in Israel/Pales4ne and Northern Ireland he explored the peace process in Israel and Northern Ireland. His latest book engages with processes and dilemmas of secularization in contemporary Israel. He is the father of two daughters and lives in Lehavim, in the south of Israel.

Li-or Gersht

Li-or Gersht is the Community Shlicha (Israeli emissary)for Cleveland. Li-or works with both the Department of International Operations and the Young Leadership Division. Her portfolio includes Israeli programming for young adults and coordinating the Cleveland 248 program cohort. Li-or grew up in the Tel Aviv area, and was active in the local youth movement, Kiryat Alon. While in high school, she served as a Madricha for the group (running weekly activities with the participants) and as a senior was the educational coordinator. Li-or served in the Israel Defense Force for almost 8 years, most recently as a Captain in the research department in the intelligence corps. During her service, she completed her Bachelor in Science Degree in Biology from Tel Aviv University.

Registration For Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour

Registration For Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour