As the day went on, everyone got pretty excited and loud, even though we had a ton of work to do. Our first order of business was to work on defining a vision for what our two cohorts wanted to achieve, in terms of learning and gaining from each other. So, we divided into groups of four that we had determined the day before, and set off working on, and editing a vision for each group. Due to how tired I was, I couldn’t tell you how long it took to define a single vision, but I can tell you that everyone’s voice was heard.
After what felt like an hour, we finally moved on to determining the theme, and focus of each day of the Pittsburgh/Karmiel-Misgav Israel Summer Seminar. For the next hour, our groups threw out various ideas for themes for each of the days, and what we wanted to focus on. We came up with various ideas like “Israeli Defense Force,” “Nature,” and “Politics.” All of these ideas seemed really very interesting, and I found myself and the room suddenly buzzing with energy again. I signed up to take the lead on organizing “Nature” day, and soon enough everyone had signed up for a day. Friday was really fun, and I had a lot of fun working with both cohorts.
- Eli Izenson