Highlights of 2013-2014 Seminar

Tel Aviv

  • Yossi Kupperwasser: "De-legitimization of Israel and Israel on the World Stage"
  • Netali Flint: Reut Institute
  • Guy Sharett: graffiti tour
  • Shahar Markus, artist
  • Dahlia Rabin: Rabin Center
  • Mike Mitchell, MAOZ Seal Leadership Program: social entrepreneurship and philanthropy

West Bank

  • Security barrier tour
  • "Mifgash" with students

Jerusalem

  • MK Ruth Kalderon: meeting followed by Knesset tour
  • Batya Kallus: Women of the Wall
  • Hanah Bendcowsky: Christian Quarter tour
  • Gil Troy: "Current Events and Perceptions of Israel"
  • Sami Adwan: Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME)
  • Riman Barakat: Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)
  • Saul Singer: "Start-up Nation"
  • Zohar Raviv: "Education for Jewish Peoplehood - in Israel and the Diaspora"
  • Alex Selsky: Russian-speaking Jewry

Southern Israel

  • Sderot: Kol Voice Seminars tour
  • Sde Boker tour: David Ben Gurion's hut and grave site
  • Lakiya Bedouin village: Interagency Task Force on Israel Arab Issues; Bedouin Weaving Project
  • Lirit Serphos: Strategic Planning Directorate for Economic and Community Development of the Negev Bedouin
  • Yerucham: visit to Ayalim Village
  • Talmei Yosef: Shvil Hasalat tour
  • Tal Shamir: Friends of the Earth Middle East

Seminar in Israel

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The Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel (formerly the Foster Seminar in Israel on Contemporary Jewish Life) has been a cornerstone of the Hornstein Program’s curriculum for over 30 years. The seminar provides an incomparable opportunity for you to explore Israel in its 6th decade through thought-provoking dialogues, speakers, experiential activities, wide-ranging field visits, and personal and group reflections.

Partnering with Brandeis University's Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and IsraelExperts in Israel, the Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel exposes you to the complexities of modern Israel, helping you to shape your personal and professional relationships to the country. It introduces you to individuals and organizations that can serve as important resources for years to come. It deepens your connections to classmates. It strengthens your ability to speak knowledgeably about Israel.

We expect our graduates to help shape the relationship between Israel and American Jewry in the decades ahead. The Myra Kraft Seminar helps provide you with the tools to do this.

View Israel from a unique and creative vantage point. See recent Hornstein alumna Ira Krakhman's slideshow of the 2012 Seminar: Part I and Part II.

Cost of participating

The Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel has been generously funded by the Robert and Myra Kraft Israel Initiatives Fund at Brandeis which has allowed our students to participate in this unique experience at little cost. We recommend that students budget about $500 for transportation, tips, and other personal spending for the trip.

About Myra Kraft

A Brandeis alumna, class of 1964, Myra Hiatt Kraft was a cherished friend of the University until her passing in September 2011. For her years of support and dedication to worthy causes worldwide, Brandeis University awarded her an Honorary Degree in May 2013. [read more]