|Hasbara Fellows atop a strategic vantage point in northern Israel.|
Hasbara Fellowships trained 300 students in Israel this winter!
Eighty student leaders from 50 North American universities
were selected to participate in this winter's elite Hasbara Fellowships activism training program
in Israel. This year's programs in Israel ran from December 19 - January 10th.
In addition to these 80 students, Hasbara Fellowships provided Israel advocacy training to an additional 200 university students who participated in various trips in Israel.
Each season, Hasbara Fellowships brings students on an intensive 2-week program that includes in-depth education, sophisticated advocacy training, and personal experiences that motivate student leaders to become pro-Israel activists. This season featured many notable highlights, including a lecture by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, intimate meetings with members of Knesset from across the spectrum, such as MK Einat Wilf and MK Aryeh Eldad, and exclusive briefings at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Student leaders with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.
|Hasbara Fellows volunteer at a soup kitchen in rocket-stricken Sderot.|
|Exclusive briefing for Hasbara Fellows at Microsoft headquarters.|
Throughout the program, participants heard from an array of historians, journalists, military personnel, and academics who offered various perspectives on history and current events. Students toured Israel's northern borders with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, as well as visiting Sderot and Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Participants also toured Gush Etzion and Jerusalem to gain a comprehensive understanding of Israel's considerations regarding land and borders. In Tel Aviv, students were briefed on Israeli developments in hi-tech at Microsoft headquarters, and visited the Save A Child's Heart NGO.
Professional consultants coached students to effectively communicate for Israel in public forums, how to run successful campus programming upon returning to their campuses, and methods for combating anti-Israel activity. Participants blogged about their experiences during the program.
Students left the program feeling empowered and confident to stand up for Israel. After the program, these student leaders will continue to receive support from professional Hasbara Fellowships staff to help facilitate their pro-Israel activities.
|The Honorable Uri Palti briefs students atop the stunning Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Students visit children receiving life-saving surgery at the Save a Child's Heart house.|
|Participants sharpening their public speaking skills.|
Hasbara Fellowships activism training program in Israel Summer 2012 dates here! Hasbara Fellowships was founded in 2001 by Aish HaTorah International, when a significant increase in anti-Israel propaganda on university campuses created an urgent need to train students to stand up for Israel. Since its inception, over 2,500 students have participated in the Hasbara Fellowships Activism Training Program, making it the largest and most in-depth activism training mission to Israel. This year, Hasbara Fellowships is training 1,000 students in Israel!
|Students atop the spectacular Aish HaTorah World Center in Jerusalem's Old City.|