From October 21 to 27, a group of 23 ISRAEL21c readers from four countries - Italy, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom is embarking on an unusual Journey to Israel in the first tour of its kind planned by ISRAEL21c and Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel.
The itinerary of the trip will take the participants to many of the places featured by ISRAEL21c, an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to introducing Israeli innovations in health, technology, culture, social action, ecology and other fields.
“Israel today is one of the most exciting and dynamic countries in the world, not just in technology but in every sector from environment and health to culture, humanitarian aid, and activism,” said Amy Friedkin, President of ISRAEL21c. “We wanted to bring our stories to life for our readers and give them a chance to experience first-hand the unique creativity you can find in Israel. We are tremendously excited by this opportunity and hope that it will give participants a chance to see the richness and complexity of Israel beyond the headlines that normally dominate the international press.”
Participants will get a rare in-depth opportunity to see innovative Israel at work and play, taking in some of the most exciting and significant technological and cultural innovations happening in the country today. They will visit Mobileye, the global pioneer in developing advanced driver assistance systems; 3D print technology leader Stratasys; the media lab of Jerusalem Venture Partners; and see new futuristic developments on the drawing board at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Other experiences will include a Segway ride in Jerusalem; wine-tasting at Tulip Winery; a jeep trip in the Birya Forest; participation in a film workshop with Renen Schorr, a leading architect of modern Israeli cinema; an exploration of the recently renovated Israel Museum; a trip north to Naharayim, the Island of Peace between Israel and Jordan; and a chance to meet medical clowns at Emek Medical Center in Afula.
Trip participants will also meet many influential figures in Israeli public life including ornithologist Yossi Leshem, the “Man Who Flies with the Birds,” for a glimpse at his co-existence programs for schoolchildren and his lifesaving aviation research; Forsan Hussein, director of the Jerusalem YMCA; Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah of Israel; and Gidi Grinstein, founder and director of the Reut Institute nonpartisan think tank.
“The ISRAEL21c Journey will offer participants a unique opportunity to experience the most creative and fantastic aspects of contemporary Israeli society. Keshet is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with 21c in this exciting endeavor,” said Yitzhak Sokoloff, founder and CEO of Keshet, The Center for Educational Travel in Israel.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on October 21, 2013
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