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Winter Session

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Winter Session

We offer a number of short-term courses in December and January, which are open to those who need a break from the cold winter climates of the North, as well as students from the South who are on summer break. You can take these two- to three-week courses for credit, and experience Israel on the ground and at its greenest.

Minorities in Israel

The course takes a look at non-Arab and non-Muslim minority communities in Israel as well as African asylum seekers. It explores how these groups perceive and interact with one another, how politics and civil society impact these relationships, and how minorities have changed the fabric of Israeli society.

Coexistence in the Middle East

This program offers you a unique opportunity to understand the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel: the Holy Land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims; a key point of interest and dispute for the international community; and the homeland shared and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Through extensive field trips and firsthand interaction with leading representatives of different disciplines, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of people, narratives, and perspectives. The program includes three separate courses that you can choose from.

Israeli & International Law: Mishpatim Seminar

This course introduces students to the Israeli legal system, while focusing on current issues at the core of the Israeli legal debate. As a participant, you’ll examine key issues related to the identity of the Israeli state – including Jerusalem, interaction with the Palestinian population in Israel and in the Occupied Territories, and the status of refugees. You’ll learn both in an academic environment and via several field trips, allowing you to experience firsthand the workings of the Israeli legal system.

Biblical Archaeology in Israel

The Bible remains the best-selling book of all time and a source of inspiration, devotion, and history. But how does it stack up against the archaeological record? This course uncovers the rich history of Israel and the ancient Near East, from settlement in Canaan to the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, with a fascinating mix of lectures and field trips.

Innovnation

InnovNation provides students, entrepreneurs, and professionals behind-the-scenes access to the high-tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Israel – a country world-renowned as the Start-Up Nation. As a participant in this course, you’ll learn practical strategies, models, and tools from the the experience and insights of Israel’s top innovative companies and entrepreneurs and take an up-close look at disruptive technologies that are shaping tomorrow’s world.

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