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post-college Israel programs

Just Another Day in the Neighborhood...

Yesterday the WUJS participants had their second Siyur. Before the trip Freda, the director of post college programs for MASA, met with the group. Freda explained how huge of an organization MASA is and the impact it has within the Jewish community and peoples "journey" to Israel. Shortly after, the beautiful and talented Ricky Yihye (the program coordinator for WUJS) gave a lesson about art and culture of Israel. We were introduced to artists like Yigaal Tumarkan and his "he walked through the fields" sculpture. We discussed Marcel Duchamp "the fountain" and how it was so pivotal within the art world during the 20th century by challenging conservative ideas within the art process. We went on to talk about famous Israel music, books and movies. We ended with an interesting discussion about the differences between teenage Israelis vs. Americans.

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The field trip started on Rothschild Boulevard in front of the Habima Theater. This was the location of the first tent marking the beginning of the protest for social justice.

 

News flash: This summer there was a mass demonstration and protest for social justice in Israel. The cost of living is way too high and is beyond the means of the average Israeli. The protest was started by a 25-year-old woman.  This woman made a big difference by getting the Israelis out of the house to fight for something they believe in. For this reason the leaders of the protest feel as if they have already made a change. The tents were originally pitched on Rothschild Boulevard because it's the most expensive street in Tel Aviv. Rothschild Boulevard is also architecturally famous for Bauhaus's. The idea of Bauhaus was brought from Germany after the First World War. Bauhaus buildings are built to be very functional and neat. They can be built fast and without a lot of money. The design is simple and right to the point. The design makes the home about the person inside.

 

Next stop: Neve Tzedek.


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Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside on the ancient walls of Jaffa. Jewish families were seeking to leave a very crowded Jaffa at the time. Neve Tzedek is one of Tel Aviv's most expensive neighborhoods. Walking through the neighborhood you get a distinct feeling of peace and calm. It is also a great place to raise children. Imagine a village-like atmosphere, with quant restaurants and boutiques and narrow roads. The trip ended at the old Tel Aviv light rail also known in Hebrew as Metcham Ha Tachana. We were left to roam the little village, shop around, and grab a bite to eat before heading home. All in all the day was very informative and interesting. Everyone is anticipating future events.

-Lindsey Urell, OH