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
Yael Herooty

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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Religion and State

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Non-Jewish Refugees

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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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Religion and State

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Non-Jewish Refugees

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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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Yael Herooty
Yael HerootyIsraeli 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 Political Science). In his first book Global Liberalism, Local Populism; Peace and Conflict in Israel/Palestine 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. Professor Ben-Porat is the chairperson of the Department of Politics and Government at BGU.

Talya Inbar

Talya Inbar is a third year Israel fellow in Muhlenberg College, PA. Talya grew up in a small modern orthodox settlement in the Samaria area to a mother that made Aliya’h with her family from the US, and an Israeli father. She attended religious school throughout her education. Talya served in the National service system instead of the IDF, due to her religious background. She worked with teenagers at risk in different youth villages across Israel for the first year and for her second year she was serving at the Ministry of Defense. After she finished serving Talya moved to a small village in the south to work with teenagers and youth adults in an informal framework. Talya has her B.A in social work from Ben Gurion University and she specialized in teenagers and emerging adults, while studying she worked with youth at risk and with teenage girls and young woman on the range of prostitution. Talya became an Israel fellow to give back to the Jewish community and to bring her family Aliya’h story and her own story to the students and communities she meets and help build a relationship between them, themselves and the state of Israel.

Yael Herooty

Yael Herooty is an Israeli pastry chef turned Clevelander. She has owned her own businesses in Israel and in Cleveland, and currently serves as the head pastry chef at Blu restaurant in Beachwood.

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.

Talya Inbar

Talya Inbar is a third year Israel fellow in Muhlenberg College, PA. Talya grew up in a small modern orthodox settlement in the Samaria area to a mother that made Aliya’h with her family from the US, and an Israeli father. She attended religious school throughout her education. Talya served in the National service system instead of the IDF, due to her religious background. She worked with teenagers at risk in different youth villages across Israel for the first year and for her second year she was serving at the Ministry of Defense. After she finished serving Talya moved to a small village in the south to work with teenagers and youth adults in an informal framework. Talya has her B.A in social work from Ben Gurion University and she specialized in teenagers and emerging adults, while studying she worked with youth at risk and with teenage girls and young woman on the range of prostitution. Talya became an Israel fellow to give back to the Jewish community and to bring her family Aliya’h story and her own story to the students and communities she meets and help build a relationship between them, themselves and the state of Israel.

Yael Herooty

Yael Herooty is an Israeli pastry chef turned Clevelander. She has owned her own businesses in Israel and in Cleveland, and currently serves as the head pastry chef at Blu restaurant in Beachwood.

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 Political Science). In his first book Global Liberalism, Local Populism; Peace and Conflict in Israel/Palestine 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. Professor Ben-Porat is the chairperson of the Department of Politics and Government at BGU.

Yael Herooty

Yael Herooty is an Israeli pastry chef turned Clevelander. She has owned her own businesses in Israel and in Cleveland, and currently serves as the head pastry chef at Blu restaurant in Beachwood.

Talya Inbar

Talya Inbar is a third year Israel fellow in Muhlenberg College, PA. Talya grew up in a small modern orthodox settlement in the Samaria area to a mother that made Aliya’h with her family from the US, and an Israeli father. She attended religious school throughout her education. Talya served in the National service system instead of the IDF, due to her religious background. She worked with teenagers at risk in different youth villages across Israel for the first year and for her second year she was serving at the Ministry of Defense. After she finished serving Talya moved to a small village in the south to work with teenagers and youth adults in an informal framework. Talya has her B.A in social work from Ben Gurion University and she specialized in teenagers and emerging adults, while studying she worked with youth at risk and with teenage girls and young woman on the range of prostitution. Talya became an Israel fellow to give back to the Jewish community and to bring her family Aliya’h story and her own story to the students and communities she meets and help build a relationship between them, themselves and the state of Israel.

Registration For Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour

Registration For Summer 2020 Virtual Israel Tour