The Fellowship’s trip to Israel is the anchor of the program. It’s extraordinary the way it exposes Fellows to grassroots activists, civil rights lawyers, academics, journalists and artists who are leading the social change movement in Israel today.
Representing the full range of Israeli society – religious and secular, left and right, Jewish and Palestinian, Ashkenazi and Mizrahi – Fellows will develop a holistic understanding of Israeli society and an understanding of where it can 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 experience they need to lead new conversations in the Australian Jewish community.
“The trip was so interesting and extremely informative. The fast pace of the days and squeezing so much into them was a great way to show us just how many people are trying to make a difference for people in need. I felt very inspired by many of the organisations with whom we met.” - Liat Kedem (2018-19 cohort)
Obviously, because of Covid, we haven't run the trip in a while. So, in the meantime, you can get a sense of the last time we were able to run the program, in 2019.