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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel; Oberlin, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Academic Focus, Community Engagement, Personal Development
Program Description:

Project Description:
This project explores U.S. engagement with historical, political, and social issues in what is today Israel and the Palestinian territories as a basis for thinking about deep political divides more generally and building the movement-building skills and empathetic capacities necessary to strengthen democratic practice and foster social justice in the U.S.

The central “gap” in “Bridging the Gap” is not one between Israelis and Palestinian— and importantly, our program rejects the simplifying frame of “Israelis versus Palestinians” for a more multidimensional view of the various antagonistic forces and multi-faceted fault lines that exist within each society. Rather, the “gap” at the heart of Bridging the Gap is the political divisions that separate program participants from one another. Without attempting either to minimize genuine political disagreement or promote a “both sides” historical or moral relativism, the program is intended to cultivate participants’ ability to listen, understand, be heard, and seek common ground solutions as we build movements towards our shared goals of democracy and social justice.

We begin with an on-campus experience focused on developing participants’ historical understanding and building communication and organizing skills. We then travel to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories for eight days of intensive engagement with the lived experiences of Israelis and Palestinians from across the political and ideological spectrums. Those experiences will be followed by debrief, discussion, and planning sessions, in which we will consider how our deepened knowledge of the situation can help enhance effective engagement back on campus and improve our strategies for countering the authoritarian movements that threaten American democracy.

This project is Selective.  Interested students should complete this application to be considered.

Project Fee: $2,500 
* All students are invited to apply for any financial support needed to cover this project fee in the Winter Term project application. 

Number of Students: 15

Dates: January 25th - February 17th, 2022

Sheera Talpaz 

This program is currently not accepting applications.