Argov Fellows in Leadership and Diplomacy 2008-2009 Closing Ceremony The closing ceremony of the third annual class of Argov Fellows, following in the legacy of Israel’s late ambassador Shlomo Argov, was held on June 14, 2009 on the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC) Campus. By Daniella Namvar Third year student, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and Argov fellow Opening the evening with a Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled, Director smile, our Master of Ceremonies and of the Program was next to speak to Moderator, Mr. Jonathan Davis, Vice the Fellows and the audience about President of IDC’s External Relations our very dynamic and accomplished and Director of the Raphael Recanati year. In quoting Ambassador Shlomo International School welcomed Argov, Dr. Peled mentioned that “the everyone and introduced Professor future of Israel can compensate for its Uriel Reichmann, President and numbers with its quality and founder of the IDC to share a few excellence”. She reminded us that pearls of wisdom. In his speech, Prof. although the academic year may have Reichmann pointed out that the Argov come to a physical close, being part of Fellows are “outstanding students who the Argov Network is more than a one can speak up for Israel and continue year affiliation and we will always be the story of the Jewish state and connected to the IDC and Argov existence as they fight for Israel’s Alumni Network. She praised us by future”. As we defend Israel’s mentioning that we “exceeded [her] existence as a homeland for the expectations not only as students, but Jewish people, we must always also as human beings”. Dr. Peled educate others to make the “case for highlighted our achievements and Israel”. In celebrating the third class of reminded us “to always keep aiming Argov graduates, Prof. Reichmann high, but always to remain true for and Prof. Rafi Melnick, Provost of IDC what [we] believe in. [We must] never Herzliya, wished us good luck in our forget [our] responsibilities for Israel future endeavors, but reminded us to and its future.” “never forget what [we] studied; as [we] are the leadership of the future”. Argov fellows, class of 2008-2009 Ayela Ziv, Program Coordinator, and Dr. Alisa Speaking to a room full of Rubin Peled, Program Director educators, friends, family, and close acquaintances, our evening truly came to life as the audience realized what a authority” here. In his many words of significant academic it was. Ms. Ayela advice, Mr. Reiner mentioned to all of Ziv, The Argov Fellow’s Program us that “we must not ask what the Coordinator (and past Argov Fellow) future holds for [us], yet should rather addressed the students and told us ask what the future holds for the state that throughout our year together, she of Israel and what we are going to do was able to witness “talent, dedication, to influence Israel and contribute to passion, and love”. She mentioned that singular opportunity to shape her that throughout her life, she has never future”. Though our numbers may be experienced such a group of loving quite small, we must realize that Israel people who strive for the utmost is also a small country and needs us. academic excellence. In her words, The essence of a full life is knowing The Argov Fellows have “enriched my that one has had a sense of obligation soul, heart and mind of what beyond one’s self, and this, in the leadership entails”. As a final context of Argov means that there is anecdote, Ayela pushed us to aim high “much [we can all] do to effect the and always to “be good” people in life. future of the State of Israel.” In quoting the late British Prime Minister, After the touching words of our Sir Winston Churchill, Mr, Reiner, in educators, former Argov Fellow, Assaf his final remarks reminded us to Irony was invited to speak about “never, never, never, never, never give creating the Argov Alumni Network up”. and Association for the future. Assaf mentioned aims of the future alumni network and provided us tools of eminent success. Through working together to meet the vision of the Arogv Alumni association, Assaf mentioned that the goal of the Association was to advocate for Argov Alumni in their pursuit of becoming prominent figures in Israeli leadership. Two current Argov Fellows, Shiri Fein and Ido Herman were then able to enlighten the audience with their Argov experience over the past year and express their gratitude for such a Former District Attorney of Los Angeles County, fulfilling experience. Mr. Ira Reiner Our guest speaker, Mr. Ira It was finally time for our Policy project Reiner, Former District Attorney of Los presentations by the Argov Fellows Angeles County, and lecturer on the themselves. Proposing solutions to U.S. Political and Legal System, was some of Israel’s most pressing able to delightfully enrich us on his problems, the presentations included past semester in Israel as a teacher. “The Public’s Right for Neutral Media”, He mentioned that the Argov Fellows “The Argov Social Project: From made his teaching experience Cleavages to Multiculturalism”, memorable and challenging as they “Assessing the Effectiveness of Non- questioned everything that was taught. Profit Organizations (NPO’s) within the “Nothing,” he mentioned “was taken on Ethiopian-Israeli Community- A Case Study for the Non-Profit Sector”, “The Lack of Enforcement and Consequential Breaking of Israeli Labor Laws: The Case of Minimum Wage”, “Affordable Housing: Building a Future for Average Wage Earners in Israel”, “Teach for Israel”, “Creating a Critical Mass of Women at the Highest Levels of Israeli Corporate Leadership” and “Health Care Services in Israel: Equal?”. Ending an evening of excellence and accomplishment, a strong impression was left upon all guests and audiences who came to celebrate the closing of one chapter, yet the beginning of a new one. Both students and teachers were nostalgic over the past year and realized that nothing would have been possible without the most remarkable ‘team’ of faculty, educators and students who made our Argov experience the most meaningful that it has ever been before. We look forward to help shaping Israel’s future for the better in our upcoming endeavors.
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