Turning Israel in to a living classroom

Keshet educational tours interface with Israeli society so that visitors understand that the story of contemporary Israel is their story, too.

At the offices of Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel in Jerusalem, things are humming with activity. Every summer the organization’s staff of 33 swells three fold, and this July is no exception. …….

"The bottom line is that we've waited 2,000 years to have our own country, and what kind of society are we creating here? It's critically important that people understand that the story of contemporary Israel is their story, too."

The idea is to bring the lessons of the bestselling book to life through visits to high-tech companies, meetings with CEOs and discussions with prominent venture capitalists. Participants will examine the cultural factors and government policies that have positioned Israel as a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurial initiative.………..

“The goal is to bring people to Israel for whom the culture of innovation is a magnet, who want to see it firsthand,” says Sokoloff. “We’re using the book as a model to show how high-tech here is a creation of Israeli society’s creative forces, highlighting the army as the hothouse for many of these ventures.”…

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