I'm passionate about three things – eating dessert, going to the beach, and educating people about Israel. Fortunately for me, my upcoming trip to Israel will allow me to do all of these things. This Saturday, the Israel Advocacy initiative at CJP is leading our fourth Faculty Study Tour with political science, public policy, and journalism professors from colleges and universities all across Massachusetts.
Other than the chocolate soufflé from Caffit in the botanical gardens of Jerusalem, I'm most looking forward to hearing from Hanny Ben Israel. Hanny works for Kav LaOved, a nonprofit in Israel that protects the rights of migrant and disadvantaged workers. Last year when we met with her, she was intelligent, passionate and articulate but above all, trustworthy. I'm interested to hear what she has to say about the current situation with the African migrant workers. As with all things Israel, there's what one reads in the news and what is actually happening, and I know Hanny will be able to bridge the gap in information for myself and our participants.
I'm also looking forward to the two hour window on Friday when I'll be able to sneak away to the beach in Tel Aviv. Last year I went to a beach club called La La Land for a few hours, and it was wonderful. Maybe this year I’ll even try my hand at, what some call Israel’s national sport, matkot, a paddle ball game, the clack clack noise of which has been stuck in my head since last summer.
I hope you'll follow the travels of this delegation through this blog!