AEC 2018 Israel Trip
In conjunction with Israel’s 70th birthday celebration, the Adelson Educational Campus opened their Israel Trip Experience to 10th through 12th graders. Twenty one students availed themselves of the opportunity to experience the adventure of a lifetime.
The Adelson Educational Campus High School Israel curriculum aims at helping our students internalize core values about Israel. They explore themes which are essential to portraying these values. This is done through using educational resources specifically chosen to convey the values that the students analyze. The texts that are studied provide a foundation for helping the students appreciate the dynamic relationship between the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
The trip is constructed to explore these different themes in order to help students form personal and meaningful connections to the land, to the people and to the State. Students began their trip in our capital city of Jerusalem where they encountered historical events of our people, from biblical to contemporary times. Spending Shabbat in Jerusalem helped them witness the rich religious diversity stemming from a long and varied cultural and religious past. Moving to Tel Aviv, they learned about the Zionist movement and its commitment to the renewal and continuity of the State of Israel for the Jewish people. They interacted with a contemporary and virant society, and understood the complexity of this democracy.
They traveled as far south as Eilat and leaned about the challenges of the desert environment. This was in stark contrast to their travels to the lush northern parts of Israel. Students were asked about the highlights of the trip and their answers were varied. For some, the day spent learning advocacy skills to help combat the BDS movement was significant. For others, it was the chance of spending time with family and friends during the free weekend. All students felt impacted by the time they spent at the Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Memorial as well as at Mt. Herzl, Israel’s National Cemetery.
Not to be forgotten was the food bought at different markets throughout Israel, swimming in four different seas (Red Sea, Dead Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Kinneret), as well as hiking up the ancient fortress of Massada at 4am after spending the night in a Bedouin tent.
The big take-away from the trip was that each student articulated the profound connection they felt for the land and to the people. No longer was Israel a tiny place on a map, or a headline on the news; rather it is seen as a creative, innovative and complex society with which each student wants to maintain a personal relationship.