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The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for
the Study of Israel and Zionism

The seminar will also include four days of touring, two in the Negev and one each in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


Negev tour days: One Negev tour will focus on forms of settlement in the Negev, among them the kibbutzim and hilltop settlements founded prior to the establishment of the State, cooperative farming settlements for immigrants, development towns, Bedouin towns and villages, and isolated settlements. During the tour, participants will have the opportunity meet with local activists involved in various endeavors in the fields of entrepreneurship, education, culture, and economy. They will learn about the history of the communities and the social-cultural fabric that characterizes them.
The second tour will be held in Beer-Sheva and will focus on social and civic initiatives operating in the city and around Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The tour will include visits to non-profit organizations active in reducing social gaps, helping immigrants, and promoting coexistence and community empowerment.  At each site, the participants will meet with the managers of the organization, volunteers, and community activists.

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Tour Days: These will be held during the last two days of the seminar (Thursday/Friday). The tour will include a visit to Tel Aviv museums that feature the contemporary history of Israel (Independence Hall and the Palmach Museum) and the Museum of the Diaspora, which focuses on the Jewish world through its various communities. The Tel Aviv visit will also include a tour of sites that symbolize the beginnings of Tel Aviv and contemporary cultural centers. The tour of Jerusalem will include a visit to the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter, as well as visits to Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl, and the Israeli Knesset.

The tours will be led by faculty members from the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and professional instructors from the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute. Prior to each tour, participants will attend a lecture that will provide them with necessary background information.