Shalom,

Welcome to icnext 8 Summer virtual Israel Mission

Sunday, June 9 2020

Highlights: Virtual Tour of the south of Israel

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Virtual Mifgash
Virtual Mifgash
Elinoy Kisslove

Tuesday, June 9 2020

Highlights: A Conversation with Amit Rahav (Yanki from Unorthodox)

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Oded Rahav
Isaac DeBom
In The Tunnel
Elliot Glassenberg
Amit Rahav
Assaf Boker

Monday, June 8 2020

Highlights: Israel, Zionism and Me

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Benji Davis
The Electrifiers

Wednesday, June 10 2020

Highlights: Graffiti Reflection Workshop

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Zeev Ben-Shachar
Hadar Glick

Mission Agenda

Sunday, June 7 2020

The icnext team presents: Opening - 9:00 am
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Elinoy Kisslove Graffiti Tour - 9:15-9:55
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Graffiti Tour - Join Elinoy Kisslove, Tel Aviv-based graffiti artist and activist, for an illustrated talk about the vibrant street art scene in Tel Aviv, Israel. We'll explore how the graffiti we see reflects different aspects of Israeli culture and society, talk about the pain the artists experience, which makes them risk it all in order to express themselves on the walls, and share what kind of attention and reactions their work has produced.
Benji DavisIsrael Update – What is going on with Israeli politics today? - 10:00-10:30
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To Bibi or not to Bibi? That was the dilemma of Israeli politics for nearly 18 months as Israelis headed to the polls three times. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rival, former Israeli Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz, answered the question in the end by deciding to join Bibi in a unity government, which subsequently split up his part into multiple factions. In this session, we will try and understand why Israeli politics was so deadlocked, why the deadlock ended, what the next government will focus on and what a post-Bibi Israeli politics could look like.
Break - 10:30-10:45
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icnext team presents:Virtual Mifgash - 10:45-12:00 pm
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Break - 12:00-12:15
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Assaf BokerVirtual tour of the Gaza Strip - 12:15-1:00
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Where does the term the Gaza Strip originally come from? Was Gaza ever an independent entity? What is the roll of Egypt in the relationship between Israel and the Gaza strip? When and how did Hamas seize power in Gaza and who was the power seized from? What are the current challenges in Israeli relationship with Gaza?
icnext team presents:The Electrifiers - The Watch Party - 7:15-9:30
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Monday, June 8 2020

The icnext team presents: Opening - 9:00 am
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Benji DavisIsrael, Zionism and Me - 9:30-10:00
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Who are the Jews and why should they have their own country? In this session we will grapple with the core principal of Zionism, that the Jews are a nation indigenous to the land of Israel and from the end of the 19th century, set in motion the Zionist political movement to re-establish sovereignty in their ancient homeland. We will discuss the Jewish people’s emotional & religious ties to the land, the legitimacy and necessity of a Jewish homeland and what it means to be a Zionist today.
Benji DavisThe Palestinian Refugee Issue - 10:05-10:50
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How did the Palestinian Arabs become refugees and why are there so many?  What is presently perpetuating their suffering? The session will compare the conditions of other refugee populations, the Partition Plan of 1947, as well as the circumstances of the Independence War, and the competing narratives of this war. We will also address the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands, the state of the Arab population in Israel, and the role of the UN, Israel, and Arab countries in governing the Palestinian refugee situation.
Break - 10:50-11:00
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Assaf BokerA Virtual Tour of Jerusalem - 11:00-11:45
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Why is Jerusalem so important to Jews, Christians and Muslims? Do Jews have an exclusive connection to Jerusalem and if so, what is it based on? How were the modern-day boarders of Jerusalem created? How many times in history did Jerusalem serve as a capital in history? Why is Jerusalem a home only to four embassies even though it serves as the capital of the state of Israel?
Oded RahavIsrael and the Global Climate Crisis - 11:50-12:30 pm
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icnext team presents:Live Music session with Isaac DeBom - 8:00-8:40
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Tuesday, June 9 2020

The icnext team presents: Opening - 9:00 am
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Assaf BokerA Virtual Tour of the North - 9:30-10:15
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What were the historical events that led Israel to conquer the Golan Heights? What is the legal status of the Golan Heights in the eyes of the international community? What were the implications of the Syrian Civil War on Israel? What are the current challenges Israel is facing on the Israeli Syrian border? What is the roll of Iran (who doesn’t share a boarder with Israel) in the Israeli Syrian border?
Zeev Ben ShacharIsrael Beyond the Conflict: Innovation, Creativity and Improving the world - 10:20-11:00
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It’s only been seventy years and the list of accomplishments goes on and on. Per capita, Israel has the most startup companies listed on Nasdaq, patents for medical equipment, scientific journals, musicians, bookstores, museums, Nobel laureates and much-much more. This session surveys Israel’s success stories and tries to unravel the qualities that helped the people of Israel transform a starting nation into a startup nation.
Break- 11:00-11:15
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Elliot GlassenbergThe Global Refugee Crisis and Israel: What’s the story and what can we learn? - 11:15-12:00pm
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What’s the story and what can we learn? OR: African Refugees in Israel: What We Should Know and What We Can Learn? Who are the 30,000 African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel? What is their current situation today? What can Jews and others around the world learn from their story, and what can we do to help? Learn and discuss with one of the leading activists for refugees and asylum seekers in Israel.
icnext team presents:A Conversation with Amit Rahav (Yanki from Unorthodox) - 1:30-2:15
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icnext team presents:Israeli Dinner - TBA
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Wednesday, June 10 2020

The icnext team presents: Opening - 9:00 am
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Elliot Glassenberg Synagogue and State: The status and the future of religious pluralism in Israel- 9:30-10:00
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The Status and Future of Religious Pluralism in Israel Unlike the U.S., there is no formal separation between Religion and State in Israel. Religion and State have coexisted in delicate balance for the last 70 years, but that balance is now changing. What is the current relationship between religion and state in Israel and what lies ahead in the future? And how will it affect Jews outside of Israel?
Elinoy KissloveSeminar Reflection Through Graffiti - 10:00-12:00pm
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After three intensive days of learning, it is time to open up your creative chakra and get pumped about making your own piece of Graffiti. In the session you will develop your own idea for a graffiti piece- whether it will be reflecting the virtual mission or any other criminal idea you can come up with.  We’ll teach you two techniques and help you choose the one that suits you best.  In short, we’ll give wings to your creativity and you will leave feeling super cool and inspire!
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Mission Presenters

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Benji Davis

Benji Davis is a Jerusalem-based educator specializing in Israel education. He teaches the Challenging Israel Course to gap year students through Makom Israel, gives geopolitical lectures to 60+ Birthright-Israel groups a year, and leads seminars, tours and Shabbatons for many visiting groups to Israel. Benji grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Milken Community High School, was active in Far West USY, and was a camper, counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in California. Benji holds a BA in Middle East Studies & History, an MA in Jewish Education and is a doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, focusing his research on Israel education of Diaspora Jewry. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and daughter Maia.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Central Shaliach for the Kibbutz Movement in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Oded Rahav

"The Fish from Cyprus" - entrepreneur, social activist, Moshavnik and one of the six swimmers who broke the world record by swimming from Cyprus to Israel and was among the first to swim cross the Dead Sea. Oded will cross oceans to make this place a better one. A fascinating story about taking action, showing responsibility, determination, decision making, friendship and a lot of tahini to eat..

Zeev Ben-Shachar

Zeev Ben-Shachar has been lecturing about Israel for the past decade. He previously served as the Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U, where he spoke to thousands of students and adults each year. Zeev has brought interactive Israel education to conferences, Jewish communities, churches, and colleges in Israel and around the world. He has developed curricula, led teacher trainings, written online courses, and scripted/starred in short films that connect people around the world to Israeli history, culture, and society. In 2017, Zeev founded AWE Consulting. AWE offers workshops and consulting services, aimed at organizations seeking to enhance employee engagement. Zeev has a BA in Psychology from Harvard, as well as a certificate of distinction for teaching, and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Hadar Glick

Hadar Glick is an industrial designer who graduated from Holon Institute of Technology. She is an M.A student in the cultural studies program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she was the Israeli Shlicha in Cleveland.

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Benji Davis

Benji Davis is a Jerusalem-based educator specializing in Israel education. He teaches the Challenging Israel Course to gap year students through Makom Israel, gives geopolitical lectures to 60+ Birthright-Israel groups a year, and leads seminars, tours and Shabbatons for many visiting groups to Israel. Benji grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Milken Community High School, was active in Far West USY, and was a camper, counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in California. Benji holds a BA in Middle East Studies & History, an MA in Jewish Education and is a doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, focusing his research on Israel education of Diaspora Jewry. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and daughter Maia.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Central Shaliach for the Kibbutz Movement in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Oded Rahav

"The Fish from Cyprus" - entrepreneur, social activist, Moshavnik and one of the six swimmers who broke the world record by swimming from Cyprus to Israel and was among the first to swim cross the Dead Sea. Oded will cross oceans to make this place a better one. A fascinating story about taking action, showing responsibility, determination, decision making, friendship and a lot of tahini to eat..

Zeev Ben-Shachar

Zeev Ben-Shachar has been lecturing about Israel for the past decade. He previously served as the Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U, where he spoke to thousands of students and adults each year. Zeev has brought interactive Israel education to conferences, Jewish communities, churches, and colleges in Israel and around the world. He has developed curricula, led teacher trainings, written online courses, and scripted/starred in short films that connect people around the world to Israeli history, culture, and society. In 2017, Zeev founded AWE Consulting. AWE offers workshops and consulting services, aimed at organizations seeking to enhance employee engagement. Zeev has a BA in Psychology from Harvard, as well as a certificate of distinction for teaching, and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Hadar Glick

Hadar Glick is an industrial designer who graduated from Holon Institute of Technology. She is an M.A student in the cultural studies program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she was the Israeli Shlicha in Cleveland.

Elinoy Kisslove

Elinoy is a graffiti artist and activist, the owner of "grafitiyul". The first time she used graffiti to express herself was in 2011. Responses to her graffiti were so strong that since then, every time she has something to say, she uses the platform of graffiti. Elinoy claims that “Expressing an anonymous opinion on the street is the best way to spread a strong message. It keeps the focus on the message and not on the person behind it”. In her art, Elinoy focuses on social and political messages as a response to issues in Israeli daily life. In her work, she chooses extreme subjects and comments by using play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, painting and stencils.  She gives tours and workshops which teach about the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages.

Benji Davis

Benji Davis is a Jerusalem-based educator specializing in Israel education. He teaches the Challenging Israel Course to gap year students through Makom Israel, gives geopolitical lectures to 60+ Birthright-Israel groups a year, and leads seminars, tours and Shabbatons for many visiting groups to Israel. Benji grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Milken Community High School, was active in Far West USY, and was a camper, counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah in California. Benji holds a BA in Middle East Studies & History, an MA in Jewish Education and is a doctoral student at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, focusing his research on Israel education of Diaspora Jewry. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and daughter Maia.

Assaf Boker

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father is a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. In the IDF Assaf had served in the Gaza envelope region for most of his service as commander in a combat intelligence unit. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in a double major in Political Science and International Relations and hold a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Haifa University. Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (45 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

Elliot Glassenberg

Elliot is an American-Canadian-Israeli Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a leading activist for refugee rights in Israel. Elliot is co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot also recently served as Central Shaliach for the Kibbutz Movement in North America. A native of Chicago, Elliot currently lives in Jaffa and holds a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.A. in Jewish Education and an M.A. in Jewish Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Oded Rahav

"The Fish from Cyprus" - entrepreneur, social activist, Moshavnik and one of the six swimmers who broke the world record by swimming from Cyprus to Israel and was among the first to swim cross the Dead Sea. Oded will cross oceans to make this place a better one. A fascinating story about taking action, showing responsibility, determination, decision making, friendship and a lot of tahini to eat..

Zeev Ben-Shachar

Zeev Ben-Shachar has been lecturing about Israel for the past decade. He previously served as the Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U, where he spoke to thousands of students and adults each year. Zeev has brought interactive Israel education to conferences, Jewish communities, churches, and colleges in Israel and around the world. He has developed curricula, led teacher trainings, written online courses, and scripted/starred in short films that connect people around the world to Israeli history, culture, and society. In 2017, Zeev founded AWE Consulting. AWE offers workshops and consulting services, aimed at organizations seeking to enhance employee engagement. Zeev has a BA in Psychology from Harvard, as well as a certificate of distinction for teaching, and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Hadar Glick

Hadar Glick is an industrial designer who graduated from Holon Institute of Technology. She is an M.A student in the cultural studies program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she was the Israeli Shlicha in Cleveland.
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