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Coexistence in the Middle East - The Hebrew University
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Coexistence in the Middle East - The Hebrew University

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

An extraordinary academic and personal experience

For me this has been a fascinating experience. I am extremely thankful to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Coexistence in the Middle East Program for offering me the opportunity to gain insight into the potential of Religion in the solution of the conflict. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the field visits, meetings and presentations and feel that we have been provided with a balanced view of the topic through the intense and very well designed program.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Unique Summer

One could go anywhere in the world and have a blast; it really is about the attitude one goes with, take it from someone who studied abroad four times. If you are seeking great parties, meeting amazing people and getting exposure to a great culture, any place, could do it but, going somewhere that challenges you and appeals to the core of your being comes rare. Going to a place that is in the mouth of everyone because of its controversy falls short to interesting. One hears countlessly of stories about Israel and Palestine but seeing and experiencing it for oneself beats all books and lectures. The scope of this program allowed for ample flexibility and interpretation. It gave room to the historian, and his fascination for old civilizations; to the religious, transcendental encounters; to activists, numerous amounts of field projects; and to politicians (or aspiring politicians), the affinity of political debates. It was truly the perfect balance of it all. A little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy their time while, conducting formal or informal analysis of the region to develop an understanding of it for oneself. If you want to go somewhere that shakes you and changes you go to Israel and Palestine and see what there is to see. See the controversy and why it has been there to remind yourself of your humanity and how in the end we are all one and do not life in a bubble and must take action so that we can learn to coexistent. The coordinators, staff and professors are all amazing, as well, which makes the entire experience so much richer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

Worth it

This program offered an extremely unique opportunity to engage with a multitude of stakeholders, all of whom operate with an exceptional amount of "on the ground" knowledge (which is often missing from typical classrooms). I am extremely lucky and grateful to have participated in this program, as it has introduced me to the complex challenges and potential that this region holds. The face-to-face interactions with people here have been unforgettable and invaluable, and I leave with a transformed approach to understanding human, political, and social relations.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Its a great program, don't hesitate to apply!

Hebrew University offers amazing summer courses. I participated in the Coexistence Program and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was the first time that I lived on my own so I was able to learn a lot about myself and gain independence. The staff and program coordinators are very supported and always made sure we were all ok and enjoying our experience there.

What sets this program apart from any other, is that you will be able to learn about the conflict where it takes place, from experts that are very involved in negotiations (Gershon Baskin was one of my professors there).

The best part of the program however, are the trips. You get to experience your learning and not just from the textbook. Coexistence organizes amazing visits all over the country so that participants can truly gain an idea of what the conflict is all about, from UN officials, to Diplomats and Academics, you won't be disappointed.

And in all of these trips, you get to enjoy Israel, we went to the desert, the North border and the dead sea, all of them were great trips that were even more fun because of the amazing people I got to share this experience with!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

A cruel but helpful experience

Spending almost five weeks in the holy land with as many monuments and as much beauty, at the same time, with history drenched in blood, I felt like shuttling in the time vessel of 3000 years in a pretty short time. What passed by were humanities, human natures and the wisdom of the universe, reflecting on the man's world.

From my previous perspective,as a student major in Ancient Chinese Philosophy, trying to explain everything even a piece of dust in a logical chain, I treated religions, the mental elements, as the origins and solutions of various of the conflicts. But, after watching the expression with deep sincerity of doctors working in the border hospitals, hearing both sad stories and tolerable words from Palestinians living in the West Bank, reading the magazines that two sides of intellectuals exert themselves in, I gradually found out that even though religion, as a resource, is always wishfully thought to play an essential role in every single event, what is more important for all the practical problems is establishing a satisfying life with human standards.

Without staying in the land surrounded by the most intense conflicts of human beings, it's impossible for me to figure out what is the deepest inner thirst for human, and it's also less likely for me to introspect my over theoretical simplex of analysis. Sometimes only when you force yourself to face a cruelty which seems somewhat extreme, can you get closer to reality to some extent accidentally.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Coexistence in the Middle East - The Hebrew University

I extremely enjoyed the hands-on component of the CME programs. I appreciated the organization and coordination of the field trips and how they directly related back to our in class lectures. The professors were tremendously knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. I would recommend this program to any student or professional, that wants to understand and immerse themselves within the region. Lastly, I would like to thank the coordinators, Goni and Gil, who did an extraordinary job at making this journey unforgettable!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    7

Coexistence in the Middle East

The course was an opportunity to broaden my perspective of the conflict, both in terms of its complexity and its place within the regional context of the Middle East.  It has helped to ground my academic research in real interactions with diplomats, civil leaders, journalists, and local populations. Lastly, I have a much richer appreciation for the diversity of narratives framing the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and the central role that history, land, and religious identity play in each.

The program is a unique opportunity for students to engage with prominent religious leaders that cannot be readily found elsewhere.  I certainly appreciated the insider perspectives that were afforded by discussing aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of religious belief and practice.