American Embassy Move to Jerusalem

10 Days in Israel In March, I spent ten days traveling around Israel with a team of journalism students and professors. We learned about the challenges of reporting in the Middle East, and we also got the chance to produce our own stories. With a collection of print, video, and photo stories we covered a … Continue reading American Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Meet the ‘Newhouse in Israel’ team

10 days. 15 students (8 grad and 7 undergrad). 2 professors. 5 JPC staff members. (Who is she/who is he/who are they??) I wanted to take the time to thank the people who made this trip so memorable and rewarding. I don't want to speak for everyone, but I think we started out the trip … Continue reading Meet the ‘Newhouse in Israel’ team

Knesset – Day 9

The goal of this trip was to get a sense of Israeli society from many different perspectives – social, cultural, religious, etc. On Monday, we got the political perspective. Israel has a parliamentary democracy, and the legislative branch (the parliament) is called the Knesset. There are 120 seats in the parliament, and because it’s a … Continue reading Knesset – Day 9

Gaza Strip – Day 8

We got an early start on day 8. With my alarm set to 4:30 AM, I woke up and joined our group for a sunrise hike. https://twitter.com/SimonPerez1/status/975460566553780224 https://twitter.com/lileana_pearson/status/975332835748794368 It was not the “glorified walk” we were expected, but the beautiful views made the trek worth it. After the hike, we spent the morning at the … Continue reading Gaza Strip – Day 8

Haifa – Day 6

The common theme for days 5 and 6 was ‘borders.’ Today, we went to Misgav Am, a kibbutz located just about a mile from the Lebanon border. https://twitter.com/SimonPerez1/status/974700505887846410 A kibbutz is a communal settlement in Israel, which initially started out as agricultural settlements and is based on collective group values. For the kibbutz, it’s ‘group … Continue reading Haifa – Day 6

Golan Heights – Day 5

We drove a few hours north up to Tsfat, which is close to the Syrian border. We visited Ziv Medical Center, a university-affiliated, government funded hospital serving about 250,000 patients. They take pride in serving patients of many different ethnicities, and having staff members of many different ethnicities. One of their biggest accomplishments is caring … Continue reading Golan Heights – Day 5

Jerusalem – Day 4

This was probably the most mind-blowing day of our trip. We met 36-year-old Tzippy Yarom, a woman in the Haredi community. She talked to us about “Haredim Mibifnim,” meaning the “Ultra-Orthodox from Within.” This was an incredible experience because she shattered all my preconceived notions about women in the ultra-orthodox community. Some things about Yarom: … Continue reading Jerusalem – Day 4