The core of the Fellowship is an intensive 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 leading 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 overview of Israeli society, and points 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 change-makers 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 when they return.