Harvard law students get a legal tour of Israel
A group of just under 50 Harvard Law School students, mostly not Jewish, just completed a whirlwind first visit to Israel, in both the geographic and legal spheres.
In some ways, the Harvard law tour (not to be confused with Harvard undergraduates who also recently toured), sponsored by the American Israel Friendship League (AIFL) and some other anonymous sponsors, was a typical student tour of Israel, covering major cities like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Safed.
The traditional tourist sites on the March 14-22 tour of Masada, the Dead Sea, a military base and Yad Vashem were also part of the journey for the students, who while all attending Harvard, hail from countries as diverse as Australia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.
But much of the tour was decidedly untraditional, delving into many of Israel’s legal controversies and issues.
The students met with a US Embassy official, Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, the Tebeka Ethiopian legal aid group and Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall to discuss many of those controversies.
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Connecticut university and Israeli college ink an academic agreement
WEST HARTFORD – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) has joined the list of U.S. academic institutions creating partnerships with counterparts in Israel.
On hand at the signing of an academic agreement between the University of St. Joseph and the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel in Afula were: (l to r) U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal; USJ President Pamela Trotman Reid; Dr. Ariela Lowenstein, president of Max Stern Academic College; Israel Consulate General Gil Lanier; and Connecticut’s Deputy Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Ronald F. Angelo, Jr.
Last week, the West Hartford campus hosted Dr. Ariela Lowenstein, renowned Israeli gerontologist, author, and president of Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel in Afula. After presenting her lecture, “Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity,” Lowenstein and USJ president Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid signed a partnership agreement between their two institutions. Lowenstein’s lecture was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.
At the signing, the two presidents cited a shared focus on and commitment to academic programs in the health sciences and gerontology.
“January 23, 2014 will mark another milestone in advancing substantive interchange between Israeli and Connecticut institutions,” said Laura Zimmerman, associate vice president of Jewish Public Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.