The core of the Fellowship is a study tour in Israel. For ten days, Fellows will travel the country to meet with grassroots activists, civil rights lawyers, academics, jurists, journalists, writers and artists who are shaping the social change movement in Israel today. Representing the full dynamic range of Israeli society -- religious and secular, left and right, Jewish and Palestinian, Ashkenazi and Sephardi -- Fellows will develop a holistic picture of Israeli society, and where it needs to be improved.
Fellows will learn about the challenges to Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state, investigate the issues and politics of religion, immigration, land use, women’s role in society, the environment, and other pressing civil and human rights challenges.
By meeting with changemakers in Israeli civil society, and experiencing the reality of the daily lives of Israelis and Palestinians, Fellows will have the knowledge they need to initiate new conversations in the Australian Jewish community about Israel.
Here are three examples of how Fellows might spend their time in Israel:
Jerusalem (click to expand)
Tour of the Knesset and meetings with:
- MK Hillik Bar (Labour Party)
- Giyora Wahle, Policy Expert, Shatil Centre for Policy Change
Tour of the Supreme Court and meetings with:
- Avigail Kormes, NIF’s Democracy and Human Rights Grants Officer
- Asaf Weitzen, Head of the Legal Department at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrant Workers
Meeting with Naomi Chazan, former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and former President of the New Israel Fund
Professional development session with Shatil
Dinner and social activity with young civil rights activists from Jerusalem
Tel Aviv (click to expand)
Tour of South Tel Aviv exploring the issue of asylum seekers and refugees with Eliot Vaisrub of BINA, followed by meetings with:
- Tamara Newman of the Hotline for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- Mutasim Ali, asylum seeker from Sudan, and CEO of the African Refugee Development Centre
Meeting with Yael Ben Yeffet of the Mizrahi Rainbow, looking at the veteran residents of South Tel Aviv
Dinner and drinks with Mickey Gitzin, executive director of Israel Hofshit
Southern Israel (click to expand)
Meeting with Sultan Abu Obaid, Director of Shatil’s Be’er Sheva office, followed by tour of the unrecognised Bedouin village of Rahat
Lunch and discussion with Michael Bitton, Mayor of Yeruham
Dinner and drinks at Midbar with young activists in Yeruham