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					                                                                                           The Hebrew ‫ האוניברסיטה‬Rothberg
                                                                                           University     ‫ העברית‬International
                                                                                           of Jerusalem  ‫ בירושלים‬School




Newsletter
of the Rothberg International School                                                    36                  Spring 2009




   RIS and Harvard to Open Joint Program
   RIS gears up for an assortment of new programs in 2009-2010
   Spring in Jerusalem, an ex-               The program is unique in that partici-     Israeli artists and writers, meetings
   citing joint venture between Harvard      pants will take departmental courses       with political figures, and a trip within
   University and the Hebrew University,     taught in English at the Hebrew            Israel.
   will be launched in spring 2010. The      University, together with Israeli stu-
   program represents the joint initia-      dents. The courses will be offered in      Spring in Jerusalem will begin in mid-
   tive of Prof. Jay Harris, Harry Austryn   such fields as Brain Studies, Artificial   January with an intensive Modern
   Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies       Intelligence, Environmental Studies,       Hebrew language course (the Winter
   and Dean of Undergraduate Educa-          Game Theory, Rationality, Islamic and      Ulpan). In the spring semester, partici-
   tion at Harvard College, and Prof.        Middle Eastern Studies, and Jewish         pants will be required to take a study
   Yonata Levy, Professor of Neuropsy-       Studies. In addition, a special extra-     load of at least 15 credits: a minimum
   chology and Provost of the Rothberg       curricular seminar will include meet-      of two courses from the various
   International School of the Hebrew        ings with the President and Rector of      Hebrew University departments and
   University.                               the Hebrew University, symposia with       the remainder from the RIS course list
                                                                                                                  (cont. on page 2)




 4      New University of
        Chicago Program                      6       From Judaism to
                                                     Islam to Bahā’i                     8         Activities at the RIS
RIS and Harvard    (cont. from page 1)    “Our idea is to try and develop a pro-     bers to the RIS for autumn semester
                                          gram that caters to different needs        studies, a new option is being offered
(Undergraduate Division courses and
                                          and populations,” explains Jonathan        to NFTY graduates who would like to
                                                                                                                                  From The Provost's Desk
Graduate Division courses open to
                                          Kaplan, Administrative Director of the     add a spring semester of university
upper-level undergraduates), includ-
                                          Division of Undergraduate Studies.         studies to their Shnat Netzer              Dear Friends,
ing the option to take a language
                                          “We want to help students find their       year program. The program is slated


                                                                                                                                A
course in Hebrew or Arabic at all                                                                                                       bout a year ago, I presented      students an outstanding academic
                                          place at the RIS.”                         to begin in spring 2010.
levels. Students will have the op-



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                                                                                                                                        to you the newly formulated       experience. In other words, our goal
portunity to embark on a supervised                                                     n collaboration with the RIS, the               Mission Statement of the          is to assure that the array and level of
independent research project and/or                                                     Menahem Begin Heritage Cen-             RIS. Here, again, are the paragraphs      academic opportunities offered by
to participate in an academically
supervised internship. In addition, an
                                           Partnership is                               ter has initiated a new program
                                                                                     entitled GaP (Government &
                                                                                                                                describing the School’s major objec-      the RIS reflect those offered by the

optional eight-week summer intern-         the name of the                           Politics) in Israel, which will
                                                                                                                                tives:                                    Hebrew University. To this end, signifi-
                                                                                                                                                                          cant steps have been taken in all of
ship program will follow immediately
after classes end.
                                           game                                      include RIS Undergraduate courses in       The RIS is an integral part of the        the School’s divisions. In this column
                                                                                     government, politics and society, as       Hebrew University (HU) and as             I will concentrate on the Division of
                                                                                     well as Hebrew and Arabic language         such is fully committed to the            Undergraduate Studies.
“Harvard is going to be the ‘point’
                                                                                     instruction. Trips and extended hikes      standards of excellence of HU


                                          A
institution for allowing other Ivy
                                                  nother program that will give      will be taken to explore the Israeli       at its highest level of distinc-          The Undergraduate Division’s pro-
League colleges to send students to
                                                  international students access      landscape and its people. Partici-         tion. Students and graduates              grams attract the largest number of
this program,” explains Shimon Lipsky,
                                                  to academic credit at the RIS      pants will also have the opportunity       of the RIS return to their home           students to the RIS. Students come
Vice-Provost of the RIS.
                                          is RAPP (Rothberg Academ-                  to join in roundtable discussions with     institutions and communities              for one semester or a full academic



T
                                          ic Partnership Program).                   key decision-makers and opinion-           having had an exceptional                 year at the Hebrew University. During      offered in HU departments will be
      he RIS is also gearing up to
                                          This program allows participants in        formers in Israeli government and          educational experience.                   the current year, we organized the         taught in English (see story on front
      institute a variety of other new
                                          gap year or yeshiva programs in Israel     society.                                                                             program according to the following         page).
      programs in the coming year.                                                                                              The RIS provides an Israeli
                                          to take courses for credit at the Roth-                                                                                         areas: Jewish Studies; the Middle
A joint venture with the Jerusalem                                                   “Partnership is the name of the game,”     learning experience to Jewish
                                          berg International School. “Students                                                                                            East; Bible and Archaeology; and           All of these measures bring us closer
Academy of Music and Dance,                                                          asserts Kaplan. “Each organization         and non-Jewish students by
                                          can complement an experiential                                                                                                  Society, Culture and Politics in Israel.   to the objectives outlined above –
DanceJerusalem will allow                                                            should do what it does best and we         exposing them to the cultural,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ensuring that the School is an
                                          program with university classes or                                                                                              We introduced two new fields: Brain
dance students to study at the RIS.                                                  do academic study abroad better            historical, scientific, political,
                                          Hebrew language study,” says Kaplan.                                                                                            and Behavior, and Environmental            integral part of HU and that it offers
The new program will offer academic                                                  than anyone else. We can provide           artistic, religious and ethical
                                          “One yeshiva has already planned a                                                                                              Studies. We expanded the number            excellent academics and a superb
classes on the Mount Scopus campus                                                   this service to other institutions and     aspects of Israel. The RIS repre-
                                          program with us that will incorpo-                                                                                              of advanced courses offered and            Israel experience to international
together with dance classes at the                                                   organizations that specialize in their     sents the commitment of HU to
                                          rate our classes in Archaeology and                                                                                             established an Honors Program for          students. We consider these to be
Academy, located on the Givat Ram                                                    own fields and,” he continues with a       international students around
                                          Geography.”                                                                                                                     outstanding students. We appointed         necessary steps forward that will
campus. Dancers will have the oppor-                                                 smile, “together create really fantastic   the world and to the Jewish


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                                                                                                                                                                          several advisors who help the stu-         allow the RIS to maintain its place
tunity of working with Israeli chore-        n addition to the well-established      programs.”                                 people at large.
                                                                                                                                                                          dents to organize their curriculum         in the international community of
ographers and performing across the          Nativ College Leadership Program
                                                                                                                                Our mission is clear: along with          and follow up on their progress. With      Study Abroad programs and, no less
country.                                     in Israel, which brings USY mem-
                                                                                                                                providing a multitude of chances          the support of the President and the       important, make sure that it brings
                                                                                                                                to experience Israel, its culture         Rector as well as the deans of the         academic esteem to the Hebrew
                                                                                                                                and society, as well as the regional      faculties, we have come to an agree-       University.
                                                                                                                                context we live in, our aim is to offer   ment that a select number of courses       Yonata Levy



                                                                                                                                Russian Students at the RIS
                                                                                                                                The Russian One Year Program              English language courses at the RIS,       Graduate Year Program or pursue an
                                                                                                                                (ROYP), funded by MASA, currently         as well as Jewish Studies courses          M.A. at the RIS.
                                                                                                                                consists of 18 undergraduate and          taught in Russian.                         The program is expected to contin-
Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, visited the Hebrew University in early May. The Mayor took time to meet with six RIS        graduate students, mainly from            Some of the students from the cur-         ue next year with a smaller num-
students from different programs and listen to them tell about their experiences in Israel.                                     Moscow, with two from Kiev and            rent ROYP and previous years are           ber of students, due to the severe
                                                                                                                                another two from St. Petersburg.          contemplating aliyah, while others         impact of this year's economic crisis
In the photo: Mayah Ben-Meir, Undergraduate student from Issaquah, Washington, who studies at the University of Indiana
                                                                                                                                The students take Hebrew and              would like to return to study in the       on its financial resources.
and Benjamin Kantor, Preparatory Program student from Minnetonka, Minnesota, chat with Mayor Barkat.


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New Chicago Program Integrates
Three Religions and Jerusalem
                                                                                      She was also surprised at how the
                                                                                      city initially distanced her. “I was in
                                                                                      the Holy City during the Holy Week
                                                                                      [Easter] and I felt distant from the
                                                                                      activities here,” says Stolar, confess-
                                                                                      ing that the stay has challenged and
                                                                                      uprooted the preconceived notions
                                                                                      she had upon arrival in Jerusalem.         Summer 2009 Program Round-Up

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                                                                                                                                              hile the RIS is renowned      expanded, two-part program in Col-          Emergence of the Modern State of
                                                                                      I didn’t expect                                         for its intensive summer      loquial Arabic, coordinated by Dr. Ori      Israel”) and CUNY Brooklyn College,
From left to right: Chicago students Naz Ahmad, Allison Young, Noelle Barber and
Michael Hendrix mingle at the King David reception.
                                                                                      the city to                                             Hebrew-language courses
                                                                                                                                 (i.e., the Summer Ulpan and Jerusa-
                                                                                                                                                                            Shachmon. Part one, an introductory
                                                                                                                                                                            course in written Arabic, will provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        which runs a course in “Contempo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rary Israeli Society”, taught by Prof.
                                                                                      have such clear                            lem Ulpan), more and more students         students with a basic acquaintance          Mervin Verbit. In addition, the five-



 F                                                                                    borders between
        or the first time, the Univer-     excursions that blend the landscape                                                   and institutions of higher education       of the Arabic alphabet, elementary          week Harvard Summer Program in
        sity of Chicago is holding a       of Jerusalem and beyond with the                                                      are taking advantage of the versatile      grammar and vocabulary, laying the          Jerusalem, under the supervision of
        10-week program in coopera-        course material. The students also         populations living                         study options available through its        foundation for studying the spo-            Prof. Jay Harris, is held at the Hebrew
 tion with the RIS called “Jerusalem in    take language classes in either He-
                                                                                      together                                   Department of Summer Courses and           ken language. Part two will include         University in July.




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 Middle Eastern Civilizations.” Twenty     brew or Arabic taught by RIS staff.                                                   Special Academic Programs.                 elementary and intermediate levels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                uilding on the success of last
 two students arrived in Jerusalem         Allison Young, 20, who was learning                                                                                              of Colloquial Arabic. Students will
                                                                                                                                 This summer, the University of                                                                 summer’s pilot program in
 in late March, and they attended a        Arabic, wanted to study in the Middle                                                                                            acquire basic conversational skills,
                                                                                      Rebecca Radding, a Political Science       Toronto is embarking on a new                                                                  Trauma and Resilience, which
 reception at the King David Hotel,        East. The program, she says, “has                                                                                                enabling them to communicate on
                                                                                      major, had a similar experience. She       venture with the RIS, in addition to its                                               attracted 2 students from 12 coun-
 sponsored by Chicago, to launch the       given me a greater understanding of                                                                                              a basic or intermediate level in the
                                                                                      felt alienated from the Judaism she        established winter graduate seminar                                                    tries, the RIS, in cooperation with
 new study abroad program.                 the roots of the conflict here, but I am                                                                                         urban Palestinian dialect.
                                                                                      found in Jerusalem, but that feeling       on Conflict Resolution. A group of                                                     the Israel Center for the Treatment



                                                                                                                                                                            I
                                           more confused about where I stand
 “All of Chicago’s Study Abroad pro-                                                  forced her to explore more aggres-         1 students from Toronto will attend          n July the RIS is offering 10 courses    of Psychotrauma, will once again be
                                           on things!”
 grams are vehicles for our faculty to                                                sively – emotionally, intellectually and   two summer courses: “Conflict and             on a variety of subjects, such as        offering a series of courses in trauma
 share their research and experience       Both Catherine Stolar and Rebecca          spiritually – the meaning both Israel      Peace: Civic Education for Democra-           “Screen Memories: Contemporary           therapy for advanced students and
 in overseas locations with our stu-       Radding echoed, in different ways,         and Judaism have and will continue         cy” and “Jewish-Arab Relations: Social     Israeli Film,” “Conflict and Peace: Civic   clinicians in the fields of psychology,
 dents, and there has long been inter-     their confusion over what they found       to have in her life.                       Psychological Aspects.”                    Education for Democracy,” and “Polic-       social work, counseling or any of the
 est in doing so in Jerusalem,” explains   in Jerusalem. Stolar, a Religious Stud-                                                                                          ing Terrorism.”                             health professions.



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                                                                                      “The Chicago students are an                       ased on last year’s success,
 Martha Meritt, Associate Dean for         ies major, was interested in seeing “in
                                                                                      extremely motivated and energetic                                                                                                 The core, two-week program inte-
 International Education at Chicago.       real life what I study in school,” but                                                        Università Cattolica del Sacro     In August, the School’s M.A. program
                                                                                      group, and in interacting with them                                                                                               grates theoretical information with
 “Alumnus Marc Fenton met with the         she was not prepared for the inten-                                                           Cuore, in Milan, is planning       in Islamic and Middle Eastern Stud-
                                                                                      it is hard not to notice their academic                                                                                           experiential techniques and hands-
 Dean of the College, John Boyer, and      sity of the city and its diversity.                                                   to send students for a second              ies is offering a course open to all
                                                                                      drive,” says Keri Rosenbluh, Admin-                                                                                               on practice, and is followed by two
 wanted to make a [financial] contri-                                                                                            consecutive summer to study “The           students called “Introduction to the
                                           “I didn’t expect the city to have such     istrative Director of the Department                                                                                              optional one-week specialty courses.
 bution to the international education                                                                                           Emergence of the Modern State of           Study of Islam and the Middle East.”
                                           clear borders between populations          of Summer Courses and Special                                                                                                     The first, “Clinical Training in Cognitive
 of current students, with a focus on                                                                                            Israel” at the RIS. Last year 1 Italian
                                           living together,” she admits. “I           Academic Programs. “This makes                                                        Several universities have created           Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic
 Jerusalem.”                                                                                                                     students attended the course.
                                           didn’t know there were so many             it an absolute pleasure to host the                                                   independent summer programs                 Disorders”, is open only to clinicians.
 The three faculty members from            different traditions of dress within       group, and we certainly look forward       In addition to its annual intensive        taught by their own faculty members         The second, “Resilience and Spiritual
 Chicago who teach the course in se-       populations – both in Jewish and           to receiving Chicago students here in      summer language courses in Bibli-          and hosted by the RIS. These include        Care Training in Designing Compre-
 quence take the students on weekly        Arab communities.”                         future years. “                            cal Hebrew and Modern Standard             Michigan State University (which            hensive Interventions”, is open to all
                                                                                                                                 Arabic, the RIS is inaugurating an         also requires its students to take “The     of the participants.



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                                          From Judaism to Islam to Bahā’i:
                                                                                                                                         He was executed for apostasy in 1850, but his teachings continued to circulate until
                                                                                                                                         one of his disciples, Bahá’u’lláh, announced that the Báb was the herald for the Messiah
                                                                                                                                         and he himself was the Messiah referred to in the Báb’s writings. After being expelled
                                          Two hours with Prof. Moshe Sharon
                                                                                                                                         from Iran, he was exiled and imprisoned by the Ottoman government in Akko. After his




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                                                                                                                                         release from prison, he remained in Akko and was buried there in 1892; his tomb is the
                                              f you want to know about the Bahā’i religion, seek out Professor Moshe Sharon. After       holiest place for the Bahā’i all over the world and the direction of their prayers. Follow-
                                              all, he founded the Chair of Bahā’i Studies at the Hebrew University ten years ago. He     ing his death, his son and heir buried the Báb’s remains on the Carmel Mountain in a
                                              is also the man to go to if you have questions about Shi’ite Islam, Islamic history and    mausoleum which today stands at the center of the beautiful tiered gardens known as
                                           civilization, Arabic epigraphy (his five-volume work Corpus Inscriptonum Arabicarum Pal-      the Bahai Gardens, one of the wonders in Israel.
                                           estinae transcribing and analyzing Arabic inscriptions in the country is considered one
                                           of the most important works of Orientalism in the twentieth century) or Judaic studies.       Currently, the Hebrew University offers courses on the Bahā’i faith and history, and it
                                           And he can help you design a house that will conserve energy, if you want to live in the      has become an important field of research. Sharon himself has translated The Most Holy
                                           desert or even in Jerusalem!                                                                  Book of Bahá’u’llá into Hebrew and wrote a book about the Bahā’i history and faith in
Prof. Moshe Sharon                                                                                                                       Hebrew.
                                           After two hours of talking to Prof. Sharon and riffling through the large stack of books he                                                                                                   The Hanging Gardens of Haifa (a.k.a.
                                           has written and/or edited, it is clear that this man knows a tremendous amount about          Even before he founded the Bahai Chair, Sharon had a long history with the Hebrew Bahai Gardens) and the Shrine of the Báb.
                                           a tremendous amount.                                                                          University. In 1957 he entered the Department of Arabic as an undergraduate student.
                                                                                                                                         In 1965 he was sent to London by the University, on a scholarship from the British Coun-
                                           “If you deal with a culture like Islam you have to see it in the wider sense of history,      cil, to study medieval Islamic history and collect material for his Ph.D. thesis. He also New Ap p o i nt m e nt s
                                           culture and religion,” he explains. “You cannot study religion without studying general       studied Arabic epigraphy and consulted the library collections of Arabic manuscripts in     Dr. Louise Bethlehem, from the
                                           culture. You have to know about Babylonia, Assyria, Hellenism, Judaism and Christianity,      London, Paris and Dublin. In 1970 he began his mammoth project on Arabic epigraphy        Department of English at the Hebrew
                                           and particularly Judaism.”                                                                    in the Land of Israel and, around the same time, he became a lecturer at the Hebrew       University, has been appointed the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Academic Director of the Department of
                                                                                                                                         University. In 1989 he became a full professor of Islamic History.
                                           Prof. Sharon was born in Haifa in 197. He is tenth or twelfth generation Israeli on both                                                                                                      Summer Courses and Special Academic
                                           sides, and on one side he can date his ancestors’ arrival in Jerusalem to the end of          Several years ago, Sharon began teaching in the M.A. Program in Islamic and Middle               Programs.        Prof. Shira Wolosky,
                                           1699.                                                                                                                                                                                          from the Department of English at the
                                                                                                                                         Eastern Studies at the RIS. He often teaches the Bahā’i faith within the wider context
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hebrew University, has replaced Prof.
                                                                                                                                         of the Shi'a. One of his former RIS students, Boris Havel, is an important civil servant in      Gad Yair as the Academic Director of
                                           As a young man, quite coincidentally, he met Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, the third and last
                                                                                                                                         Croatia in its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a student, Havel did critical and extensive       the Division of Graduate Studies.    Mr.
                                           leader of the Bahā’i faith, but that was many years before he began to study the religion.
                                                                                                                                         work on Muhammad. Another student, Natalie Hershlag, was the granddaughter of the                Jean-Jacques Wahl, who is a Hebrew
                                           In fact, Prof. Sharon’s interest in the Bahā’i was almost an accident. He was collecting
Prof. Sharon's book in Hebrew called                                                                                                     late Prof. Hershlag of the Hebrew University, who had taught Sharon a course on the              University alumnus and former General
                                           Arabic inscriptions for his Corpus in Akko when he stumbled upon the Bahā’i cemetery                                                                                                           Manager of the Alliance Israélite Univer-
The Bahā'i Faith and its Holy Writ                                                                                                       economy of the Middle East when he was an undergraduate. To most people, however,
                                           there. His interest was piqued. He subsequently contacted Bahā’i representatives in                                                                                                            selle, and Ms. Kim Mann-Askénazi,
                                                                                                                                         she is more commonly known by the name Natalie Portman, the famous movie star
                                           Haifa and began reading the writings of the founders of the religion in Arabic and Farsi.                                                                                                      who is also the Alumni coordinator at
                                                                                                                                         who spent a semester at the RIS Division of Graduate Studies. “She was an excellent stu-         the Office of the European Friends of the
                                           Their religion and history fascinated him.
                                                                                                                                         dent and a very, very clever girl,” he recalls. “I knew nothing about her professional career    Hebrew University, were appointed to
                                           Generally speaking, the Bahā’i faith broke away from Shi’a in the nineteenth century          to the amazement of the people around me. I only knew her as the granddaughter of a              market RIS programs in French-speaking
                                           when a Shi’ite Muslim known as the Báb declared that a new cycle of religion was born.        former economics professor of mine.”                                                             countries in Europe.




     Graduate Faculty Enjoy an Evening Celebrating Achievement
      In mid-March, faculty members from         Dr. Howard Deitcher and Dr. Alex          “Faculty across programs have rare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Golda Meir Fellowship ceremony was held
      the Division of Graduate Studies           Pomson’s Jewish Day Schools, Jew-         opportunities to hear of each other’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in March. Nine outstanding students from the
      gathered for the first time to listen      ish Communities, and Dr. Gad Yair         work, and the winter event proved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Division of Graduate Studies were chosen to
      to presentations by their colleagues       and Michaela Soyer’s The Golem in         to be an outstanding opportunity for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        receive the award, which is funded through the
      on recently published books and            German Social Theory.                     such interdisciplinary enrichment,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rothberg Family Fund.
      courses being taught in the Division.                                                explained Prof. Yair. “Participants
      After opening remarks were made by         The second half of the evening was        expressed high appreciation for the                                                                                          In the photo: RIS student Yasin Meral, a Golda
      the Division’s director, Prof. Gad Yair,   devoted to presentations of select        academic work in other disciplines,                                                                                          Fellow from Turkey, shakes the hand of Hebrew
      a selection of new books published         courses by teachers of the Division:      and are eager to see similar events                                                                                          University President Menachem Magidor, as
      by RIS faculty was presented. These        Prof. Ed Greenstein, Dr. Paul Mandel,     organized for faculty in the future.”                                                                                        Heidi Rothberg, Rector Sarah Stroumsa, and
      included Prof. Ruth Roded’s Women          Prof. Gideon Shimoni and Dr. Howard                                                                                                                                    Chairman of the HU Board of Governors Charles
      in Islam and the Middle East,              Dietcher.                                                                                                                                                              Goodman look on.



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                                                                                            In mid-May, 18 Preparatory Program–              RIS Undergraduate students took a
                                                                                            Mechina students received the annual             break from their intensive Hebrew
                                                                                            Bat Ye’or Awards, sponsored by Mr. David         studies in the Winter Ulpan to enjoy
                                                                                            Littman, from Switzerland. This year, Litt-      an OSA hike through Nahal Tzafit
                                                                                            man dedicated the awards in honor of his         near Arad.
                                                                                            wife Giselle, also known as the renowned         In the photo (from left): Benjamin
                                                                                            scholar and writer Bat Ye’or, and their          Lazarov, University of Wisconsin;
                                                                                            golden wedding anniversary.                      Eric Berlin, University of Michigan;
                                                                                            In the photo: Yevgeniya Gal, from                Joel Bronstein, University of North
                                                                                            Ukraine, smiles at David Littman’s               Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Abram
                                                                                            daughter Ariane Littman, who handed              Shanedling, University of Wisconsin.
                                                                                            out the awards, while shaking hands with
                                                                                            Ariane’s daughter Tahir.




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                                                                                            On Monday nights students from all RIS
                                                                                            programs and their Israeli counterparts get
                                                                                            together for an evening of "No Politics, No
                                                                                            Religion." In the photo: Undergrad Emily
                                                                                            Brailey, from the University of Southern Cali-
                                                                                            fornia, plays chess with RIS Mechina student
                                                                                            Mohammad Abu Sbieh.


2   Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai (right), a former Major General in the Israel                                                     6   7   8                                   7   In the photo (from left): Undergraduate Chandler Merrell from Laurinburg, North Caro-
    Defense Forces, talks to RIS students following an Israel Memorial Day ceremony at a                                                     RIS students hike, swim and crawl from           lina, OSA madrich Amichai Warter (Israeli undergraduate), M.A. student Will Smethers
    military cemetery near Jerusalem.                                                                                                        "Sea to Sea" (i.e. from the Mediterra-           from Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Freshman Hebi Gong from Shanghai, China
                                                                                                                                             nean Sea to the Sea of Galilee) on the
3   The Honors Program of the Undergraduate Division held a Creative Thinking                                                                annual four-day OSA trip held before
    Workshop at the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem, in late April. Students in                                                          Passover.
    the photo (from left): Mara Burger, University of California at Santa Cruz; Kendell
    Pinkney, Oberlin College; Souleiman Moustapha and Jordan Glazer, University of
    Wisconsin; and Keenan Davis, University of Virginia.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Keeping It 'Rael
                                                                                                                                                                                                 From March 24 blog post:                      Thoughts From Abroad
                                                     ”Keeping It “Rael”:                                                            of his passions to making a difference
                                                                                                                                    for people in the country.                        ... Last week, on the bus ride to my internship, I had a nice little expe-
                                                     RIS Student Blogs                                                              Shanedling has strong family ties to
                                                                                                                                                                                      rience that definitely put my Hebrew learning into perspective. (For
                                                                                                                                                                                      those of you not into cheesy stories, feel free to skip this!)
                                                     his Way through Israel                                                         Israel and the RIS. His mother and her
                                                                                                                                    twin sister, Janet and Judy Rosen-
                                                                                                                                                                                      So as I was sitting there, next to the bus window, watching pretty
                                                                                                                                                                                      much the entire city of Jerusalem go by, an old man with a worn
                                                                                                                                    berg, were students on the One Year               wooden cane got on the bus and slowly sat down next to me. He no-
                                                                                                                                    Program in 197/7. Judy met her                  ticed my iPod Touch resting on my lap and told me with a chuckle
                                                                                                                                                                                      that, in all his years here in Israel, he’d never seen such a device.
                                                     on that below). “I knew I was going      and especially admires his boss,
                                                                                                                                    Israeli husband during her year of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Naturally we got to talking - in Hebrew of course, since I’ve started
Abram Shanedling outside of the Old City             to study abroad in Israel,” Shanedling   Leah Sobeil, who has tremendous
                                                                                                                                    study and eventually immigrated to
                                                                                                                                                                                      jumping on any opportunity to speak the language out of class. The
                                                     says. “I’ve already spent much time      experience and connections with

                                                                                                                                                                                      man asked me what I’m doing in Jerusalem, and I told him I’m study-
                                                                                              the international press and foreign   Israel to raise her family.
        Abram Shanedling’s blog keeps                here in the past, but always on pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ing at Hebrew University, “trying” to improve my Hebrew.
        family and friends posted about his          grams, tours and short family visits.”   diplomats.                            “When my aunt helped me move in
        whereabouts in Israel (or even his                                                                                          and came to visit the Boyar Building              The man grinned and began a story about how he too had once learned
        whereabouts in Greece on a cruise      In addition to a full course load,             Shanedling has also surprisingly      this year, she was shocked to see her             Hebrew when he was a teenager. Except this was in his former home
        over the Passover holiday with 750     Shanedling is one of seven RIS stu-            managed to transplant to Israel       favorite teacher from that time, Omar             in Paris before World War II. In 1948, at only 16-years old, he immi-
                                               dents interning at The Israel Project
        Israelis!). It also provides an insightful                                            his love for a more eclectic activ-                                                     grated to Israel, where he was immediately placed in an “immigrant
                                                                                                                                                                                      camp.”
                                                                                                                                    Othman, walking around campus,”
        and interesting account of how one     (TIP), an international non-profit             ity: Ultimate Frisbee. He plays for
                                                                                                                                                                                      When the authorities checked him in, he told me they were shocked
                                                                                                                                    says Shanedling.
        RIS student encounters Israeli society organization that provides journalists         Israel’s national team in Rishon
                                               and leaders with accurate informa-             Lezion and, before Passover, was      In his spare time in the evening,                 to hear him speak conversational Hebrew. The camp officials told
                                                                                                                                                                                      him that his Hebrew was actually better than some of the Jews who
        and student life as an American
                                                                                                                                    Shanedling keeps busy posting on
                                                                                                                                                                                      had already been in Israel for several years.
        studying in Jerusalem.                 tion about the Middle East. He was             part of a group of players, includ-

                                                                                                                                                                                      After a few years in the camp, he moved to Jerusalem, where he has
                                               already familiar with TIP back in              ing athletes from the U.S., that      his blog. “I always wanted to start a

                                                                                                                                                                                      lived ever since.
        Shanedling, 21, is a double major in   Madison, where he heads the Madi-              volunteered in a sports clinic for    blog,” he explains. “Before I left, I was

                                                                                                                                                                                      As we approached his bus stop, the man told me that it doesn’t matter
        Political Science and Journalism, with son-Israel Public Affairs Committee.           Israeli and Palestinian children      talking about keeping in touch with

                                                                                                                                                                                      that Israel is the only country with Hebrew as the official language.
        a minor in Middle Eastern Studies, at He was also a political columnist for           called Ultimate Peace. Shanedling     friends who were also going abroad,

                                                                                                                                                                                      “What matters,” he said, “is that Hebrew is the language of our people.
        the University of Wisconsin. Coming    an independent Jewish magazine                 maintains that taking part in Ulti-   and we all decided to keep blogs. It

                                                                                                                                                                                      And for that reason alone, learn it, speak it, and love it.”
        to the RIS for spring semester has     on campus. “I had used The Israel              mate Peace was one of the most        is both a personal log and a way to
                                                                                                                                                                                      The bus came to a stop, the man waved goodbye, and we were off.
        allowed him to combine his interests Project’s material before and felt it            memorable experiences he has          keep in touch weekly without having
        in all of the above, as well as pursue could be trusted,” he says. Shanedling         ever had in Israel because it gave    to talk to each individual friend and             Just a normal day on a bus in Jerusalem.
        his passion for Ultimate Frisbee (more describes the work as eye-opening              him an opportunity to apply one       family member.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      (FYI - That whole story was typed on my iPod during the bus ride home that day.)




                                                      Chinese Student
                                                      Ambitiously Plans                                                             Gong jokingly complains that he             in English and getting to know the                November. “I asked the Student




                                               for the Future
                                                                                                                                    is distracted by all of the activities      site’s chairman, a retired colonel who            Union to allow me to talk to him,
                                                                                                                                    offered at the RIS. In addition to his      fought with Ariel Sharon in the para-             and they put me up front. He
                                                                                                                                    course load – four courses each             troops. Gong also takes advantage of              asked me simple questions, but
                                                                                                                                    semester – he has pursued a variety         activities at the Truman Institute for            it was meaningful because it was
                                                                                                                                    of extracurricular activities. Last         the Advancement of Peace, regularly               the first time I talked to a head of
                                                     Gong is the only Chinese student         Gong came to Israel in February to    semester he sang in a choir under           attending lectures and events held                state,” Gong explains.
Hebi Gong (right) with the Chinese Ambassador        in the Undergraduate program. His        attend a six-month ulpan at Kib-      the auspices of HU’s Department of          there.
to Israel, Mr. Zhao Jun                              decision to come study at the RIS was    butz Ramat Yochanan. He entered       Musicology. “The choir was a bridge                                                           Later in the year, he met the
                                                     due to his admiration for the State of   at the lowest level; today he is      into the University. I came wanting to      He is most interested in meeting                  Chinese Ambassador to Israel.
        Hebi Gong, a student in the Fresh-           Israel. “No other country has achieved   at level Heh. He is taking a class    make Israeli friends and the choir al-      prominent Israeli figures. Among                  As a Chinese student in Israel,
        man Program, hopes to become the             what Israel has achieved in the past     in “Hebrew Children’s Literature”     lowed me to do that,” he says. “I even      others, he has gone to hear former                he was invited to dinner dur-
        Chinese Ambassador to Israel one             100 years,” he says. “It is an amazing   to advance his language skills. “I    went to one of my Israeli friends for       Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and                    ing the Chinese New Year at the
        day. A lofty ambition perhaps, but           country and a holy country, and I        have very strong grammar skills,”     the Passover seder with my mother.”         Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu                 ambassador’s house. Gong used
        after talking to Gong one gets the           knew that if I came here I would have    he explains, “but I want to improve   In the autumn semester, he vol-             speak. Gong also spoke with                       the opportunity to talk to the
        sense that he is driven enough to            a special experience.”                   my vocabulary and this is a really    unteered at the Ammunition Hill             President Shimon Peres when he                    ambassador and listen to him tell
        achieve that goal.                                                                    good class for that.”                 national memorial site, giving tours        visited the Hebrew University in                                          (cont. on page 16)



                    10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       11
                                           Multifaceted                                                                                                                                                                Law Programs
                                                                                                                                 for the study of religion with his        When I started performing I lost track
                                                                                                                                 interest in ethnic identity. One of his   of where I was. It was a transcendent
                                                                                                                                 courses, "Ethnic and Immigration          experience,” Pinkney recalls. The per-      Thrive at the RIS
                                           Student Explores Religion,
                                                                                                                                 Identities", assigned the students        formance triggered his decision to
                                                                                                                                 the task of building a family tree to     pursue a professional career in music.
                                                                                                                                 establish their immigrant ethnic nar-
                                           Race and Music in Jerusalem                                                           ratives. Using the Internet, interviews   He is also a volunteer with the Ethio-
                                                                                                                                 with his maternal grandmother and         pian National Project, an organization
                                                                                                                                 the biography of a distant cousin and     that focuses on supporting Ethiopian
                                                                                                                                 famous singer Shirley Verrett, he was     Israeli teenagers academically and
                                                                                                                                 able to piece together how his great,     socially to facilitate their integration
                                           despite – or because of – the tre-        His parents, concerned for his safety,      great grandfather, Spencer Verrett,       into the greater Israeli society. “I was
                                           mendous discipline it demanded of         opposed his decision and warned             managed to come to Louisiana from         always interested in race and ethnic
                                           its students. He went on to receive a     that they would not support him.            the Caribbean as a free man despite       relations, and especially Black and
                                           partial scholarship to study at Oberlin   Undaunted, Pinkney won a $5000              the enslavement of the previous           Jewish relations,” says Pinkney. “I want-   Students relax on the lawn in between classes.
                                           College and the Oberlin Conserva-         scholarship which paid for part of his      generation.                               ed to find out about Ethiopian Jews




                                                                                                                                                                                                                       T
                                           tory.                                     tuition, while his scholarship from                                                   so I set out to volunteer.” To facilitate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              he RIS Department of Summer
                                                                                     Oberlin paid the remainder. The             He also decided to redirect his ener-     a closer relationship with Ethiopian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Courses and Special Academic
                                           Pinkney started off as a double major     Mellon Mays fellowship provided             gies towards music. Last semester, he     Israelis, Pinkney began learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Programs hosted 72 students
                                           in Russian and Voice Studies. After a     him with money for research and                                                       Amharic and read books about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on its annual three-week Mishpa-
                                           year, he dropped Russian and took up      travel, and finally, he had saved his                                                 Ethiopian community both from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tim program in Jewish and Israeli
                                           Religion, specifically early Christian-   earnings from working in the Oberlin                                                  outsider and insider perspectives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       law in January, compared with 
                                                                                                                                                                           Pinkney credits Israel with changing
                                           ity and Judaism. At a certain point
                                           he dropped the Voice major, to the
                                                                                     admissions office to use as spending
                                                                                     money.                                      Israel challenged                         his life. “Israel challenged me in so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       students in 2007-08. Subsidized by

                                           chagrin of his mother who felt that                                                   me in so many                             many ways. I am a different person as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the Australian Friends of the Hebrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       University, the program has become
                                           he was wasting his God-given talent.      When he first came to the RIS, he
                                                                                                                                 ways. I am a                              a result. I came as a 21-year old with-



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       quite popular with Australian law
            hen Kendell Pinkney was                                                  was confident that he was going to                                                    out much direction, and I am leaving
            10-years old, his piano        “I was enthralled with Religion. I ex-    pursue graduate studies in Religion         different person                          as a 22-year old more comfortable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       students, attracting participants from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       five Australian universities this year.
            teacher discovered his
tremendous talent for singing, and
                                           celled at all the courses and went to     immediately after graduating from
                                                                                     Oberlin. He arrived in the summer to
                                                                                                                                 as a result.                              with myself,” he explains.
                                           professional meetings on the subject.                                                                                                                                       Mishpatim students participated in
                                                                                                                                                                           His parents were thrilled when he
thus began his musical career. For the     I made connections with scholars in       study Biblical Hebrew, followed by                                                                                                a rigorous schedule of classes and
                                                                                                                                                                           called and told them he was plan-
next eight years, as a member of the       the area of Second Temple literature,”    Modern Hebrew in the Summer Ul-                                                                                                   seminar projects. In addition, they
                                                                                                                                                                           ning to pursue a professional career
Texas Boys Choir, Pinkney travelled        says Pinkney, who received a Mellon       pan. He then began taking graduate-                                                                                               took field trips, including a tour of the
                                                                                                                                 sang with the Jerusalem Academy           in the performing arts. “I enjoy myself
to 2 U.S. states and 1 countries         Mays research fellowship extended         level classes in ancient Greek, Biblical                                                                                          Hadarim Prison where they visited
                                                                                                                                 of Music and Dance choir for six          so much when I am singing, acting
across Europe and Russia. Early on, he     to under-represented groups in            Hebrew and Modern Hebrew, as well                                                                                                 the complex and met with prisoners
                                                                                                                                 months. This semester, he is singing      and dancing and that is what I want
met boys from a Russian boys’ choir.       academia. His research is in Second       as a class on the Dead Sea Scrolls.                                                                                               in their cells, as well as more tradi-
                                                                                                                                 with the Jerusalem A-Capella Singers.     to do, despite my interest in so many
This sparked his interest in the Rus-      Temple Jewish hermeneutics.                                                                                                                                                 tional trips to the Knesset and the
                                                                                                                                 It was at a concert in March with the     things,” Pinkney admits.
sian culture and language to such a                                                  The semester was a turning point in                                                                                               Supreme Court.
degree that he subsequently taught          With his passion directed towards        his life. “I realized I did not like dead   Singers that his life took yet another
                                                                                                                                 turn. “We did a show for 500 people       Finally, he wants to continue volun-
himself Russian. “I get stunned re-        early Christianity and Judaism, he        languages,” he explains. “I am a singer                                                                                           Shortly before the Mishpatim pro-
                                                                                                                                 at the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul    teering with underprivileged groups
sponses from Russians in Israel when       felt it would be a good idea to study     so I can imitate Russian and Hebrew                                                                                               gram began, Hamline University’s
                                                                                                                                 in Mamilla, Jerusalem. I sang three so-   in the Oberlin area, helping children
I start speaking with an authentic         ancient languages such as Biblical        like a native, but the same did not                                                                                               School of Law, in Minnesota, conduct-
                                                                                                                                 los, Negro spirituals that were songs     reach their potential. “I had so much
accent,” he laughingly admits.             Hebrew, Koine Greek and Aramaic,          happen for me with dead languages.                                                                                                ed a two-week program in Conflict
                                                                                                                                 from my childhood at a time when          opportunity and I still had to work
                                           before attending graduate school. He      I struggled the whole semester.”                                                                                                  Resolution from Religious Traditions
                                                                                                                                 I was discovering my connection to        hard to realize my options,” Pinkney
He graduated from the Forth Worth          was also on a spiritual struggle of his                                                                                                                                     at the RIS. The program, coordinated
                                                                                                                                 Black history. All I thought about was    says. “I want to help other, less privi-
Academy of the Arts in 2005 as             own. “I realized I needed to study and    As a result, in the spring semester he                                                                                            and taught by Prof. David Cobin of
                                                                                                                                 connecting with the music and con-        leged children reach their potential.”
valedictorian and credits his mother       work my issues out in Jerusalem.” says    selected classes in the Undergradu-                                                                                               Hamline University, incorporated an
for insisting that he stay in the school   Pinkney.                                  ate Division that integrated his love       veying the human story of suffering.                                                  impressive panel of guest lecturers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (cont. on page 16)



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Visiting Professor                                                                                                              Recruiting in South Africa
Delighted by Top Quality                                                                                                        Jonathan Kaplan travelled to
                                                                                                                                The Higher Education Expo, held in

M.A. Students                                                                                                                   South Africa in March, which brought
                                                                                                                                representatives of major universities
                                                                                                                                in Israel to Jewish high schools to talk
                                                                                                                                to the students about study in Israel.




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                                                                                                                                Kaplan, Administrative Director of the
        rof. Jill E. Korbin paid a whirl-   above, who had been urging her to
                                                                                     Prof. Jill E. Korbin
                                                                                                                                RIS Division of Undergraduate Stud-
        wind three-week visit to the        come to Israel for some time. How-                                                  ies, spoke before 600 student in six
        RIS this past December. Korbin      ever, it was RIS Provost Prof. Yonata                                               high schools and met personally with
was invited to give a seminar to stu-       Levy who invited Korbin to come as
                                                                                     on a topic of interest or write an         0 students and their parents.
dents from the M.A. program in Com-         an RIS Visiting Scholar.
munity Leadership and Philanthropy                                                   autobiographical essay as if they          “The South African Jewish com-
Studies, together with students from                                                 were raised as children in a differ-       munity is interested in aliyah right
                                            Korbin taught an intensive seminar
the M.A. program in Early Childhood                                                  ent culture. “The assignment forced        now,” says Kaplan. “Specifically, there
                                            entitled “Children, Communities,
Studies at the Paul Baerwald School                                                  students to move out of an outsider’s      is interest in the Mechina [Prepara-
                                            and Cultures” to approximately 20
of Social Work and Social Welfare.                                                   perspective and think about whether        tory Program] and in our Graduate          In the photo: Jonathan Kaplan talks with a prospective student at the Higher
                                            students. The purpose of the course
Korbin, who “loved every minute” of                                                  they could be born somewhere else,”        programs. We need to have more             Education Expo in South Africa.
                                            was to expose students to the vast
her stay, was extremely impressed by                                                 she explains.                              contact there.”
                                            array of cultures and communities in
the calibre of students she encoun-         which children grow up around the        Students who chose a topical paper
tered. “The students were top quality,      world. It included the study of social   wrote about such issues as child
stimulating and fun to work with,” she      science, particularly anthropological    marriage, child maltreatment, and
                                                                                                                                For Amy Cohen, former head girl            ing available and checking up on her
says enthusiastically.                      models for understanding cultural        corporal punishment. Students who
                                                                                                                                at King David High School in Links-        throughout the year.
                                            pluralism; mixed methods in studying     chose the autobiography assign-
                                                                                                                                field, South Africa, the Mechina has       Cohen was chosen to represent the
Korbin, a Professor of Anthropology,        children and childhoods; the impact      ment wrote as if they were raised in
                                                                                                                                been an amazing experience that has        Mechina student body at the Bat
Director of the Schubert Center for         of neighbourhood and community           Ethiopia, East Africa, Japan, or among
                                                                                                                                made her aliyah easier. “I was scared      Ye’or Awards Ceremony in May (see
Child Studies, and Associate Dean at        on child well-being; connections         Amish or Australian aboriginal popu-
                                                                                                                                to study in Hebrew, but after a year       photo). She hopes that attending the
the College of Arts and Sciences at         between research and policies on         lations. Some students also chose to
                                                                                                                                in the Mechina, I am more confident,”      Mechina will become a popular trend
Case Western Reserve University, is a       children; and child maltreatment as a    write as if they were from a different
                                                                                                                                she says. She especially praised the       among students from South Africa
cultural and medical anthropologist.        cross-cultural issue.                    part of Israeli society than their own.
                                                                                                                                madrichim (social counsellors) for be-     who plan to live in Israel.
She has a long-standing professional                                                 The term papers, produced by the
acquaintance with Hebrew Univer-            The course met twice a week for          students in a relatively short amount
sity’s Prof. Asher Ben Arieh, director      two hours each time. Students were       of time, were “absolutely first rate and
of both of the programs mentioned           expected to hand in a final project      a pleasure to read,” Korbin says.
                                                                                                                                 For further information: http://overseas.huji.ac.il
                                                                                                                                 US hebrewu@hebrewu.com Tel: 1 800 0 8622 or 212 607 8520 Canada admissions@cfhu.org
            University of California Renews Study Abroad at the RIS                                                              Tel: 1 888-HEBREWU or 16 85 8000           UK students@bfhu.org Tel: 020 8 95757
                                                                                                                                 Australia VIC studyvic@austfhu.org.au Tel: 0 9272 5511 Australia NSW studynsw@austfhu.org.au
The University of California system has officially renewed its study abroad program at the Hebrew University.                    Tel: 02 9267 71    France alumni@uhjerusalem.org Tel: + 1 72 89 96 98 or + 1 7 55  2
In the past eight years, students were forced to take a leave of absence from the UC system in order to study                    Israel risinfo@savion.huji.ac.il Tel: 972 2 5882600
 in Jerusalem. UC students are once again able to attend the RIS as part of their regular academic program.
 Already this year, four representatives from the University of California system – Santa Barbara, Davis, Berke-                 Credits: Editor: Nechama Goldman Barash Coordinator: Siva Azoulay Design: Liat Yehuda Studio
                                                                                                                                 Photos: Douglas Guthrie, Jonathan Kaplan, Abram Shanedling, Sasson Tiram, Adrian Weissman, Liat Yehuda, Courtesy of: Hebi Gong,
 ley and UCLA – visited the RIS as part of the Israel Universities Study Tour for North American study abroad                    Prof. Jill E. Korbin, University of Chicago, HU Photo Archives, OSA
                    officials, and met with teachers and UC students from several campuses.


            1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 15
The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, James B. Cunningham, visited the Rothberg International School in late February, in order to
become acquainted with the School. He met with officials and several Americans who are studying at the RIS.

In the photo (from left): HU President Menachem Magidor, RIS Provost Yonata Levy, Ryan Armstrong, M.A. program in The Bible
and the Ancient Near East, from Raleigh, North Carolina; Ben Kurland, Undergraduate program, from Dresher, Pennsylvania; Eytan
Baskin, former Preparatory Program student who is studying Medicine at HU, from Illinois; Ambassador James B. Cunningham;
Kendell Pinkney, Undergraduate program, from Mesquite, Texas; RIS Vice-Provost Shimon Lipsky; Sheena Tart-Zelman, M.A.
program in Society and Politics in Israel, from Dallas, Texas; Rasha Uthman, M.A. program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies,
from Miami, Florida.



    Chinese Student (cont. from page 10)      advising and the Freshman Program          tatives of the High Sharia’a Court
    of his own personal journey. Gong         in general have allowed me to adapt        of Appeal in Israel, the Jerusalem
    also shared his own dreams to one         to a Western institution of learning       Center for Jewish-Christian Relations,
    day become ambassador.                    and,” he continues, “I have gained         the Mediation & Conflict Resolution
                                              understanding of Israel and interna-       Institute in Jerusalem, and more.
    Gong appreciates the Western              tional politics.” Next year he plans to
    model of study. “In China we devote       attend McGill University in                The Hamline program has been
    most of our time to studying,” he         Montreal.                                  welcoming Australian students since
    says. “The way of study here is differ-                                              2006, and this year, five Australians
    ent. It is more about reading books       Law Programs (cont. from page 13)          stayed on following its conclusion
    and communicating. I feel that the        and a series of academic field trips.      to attend the Mishpatim program
    “Freshman Writing” course, academic       Students were exposed to represen-         shortly thereafter.

				
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