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14 Mar
Haifa/North Alumni Welcome US Fellows
March 14, 2017 -
12:45 to 16:00
- Haifa University, Education & Sciences Building

Fulbright alumni from Haifa/North welcomed the current US Fellows based at Haifa University & the Technion.

What will future learning spaces look like? 

The program included an introduction to the University of Haifa's Israel Center Of Research Excellence (I-CORE) composed of researchers from the University of Haifa, the Technicon, Ben-Gurion University & the Herzlyia Interdisciplinary Center. The research center is called "Learning in a Networked Society" (LINKS) and whose mission is the generation of a critical mass of research that will bring about a paradigm shift in the preparation of citizens for lifelong learning in today's information-based, networked society. The group got an introduction to LINKS's "Future Learning Spaces" (FLS) project with two guides: Dr. Oren Golan- Fulbright postdoc alumnus and LINKS principal researcher, faculty member in the Education Department (Haifa University); and Eldar Fehl - LINKS's Future Learning Spaces Coordinator & Technical Director, member of Dr. Golan's Net Lab on communities, new media & education.

What was the material culture in the Land of Israel in ancient times?

The group then had a guided tour of the Hecht Museum which showcases archaeological artifacts from the Canaanite period to the end of the Byzantine period. Highlights included the 2,400-year-old Ma'agan Mikhael Ship, and impressive 19th century works by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Soutine, & Modigliani.

We ended the day with refreshments at Aroma Café.

A special thanks to our alumni based in the north: Oren Golan​, Nurit Novis, Bracha Nir, Shakhar Rahav, Yotam Hotam, Maria Jammal, Reuven Yeshurun, Aharon Loewenstein, Liron Yedidsion, Michael Stiassnie; and our US fellows: Maerra Shreiber, Hanna Salman and Peri Buch.


Fulbright alumni and US fellows at Aroma Cafe, Haifa University


What does it mean to be a teacher today? What is learning in 2017? Alumni and US fellows discuss the issues at the "Future Learing Spaces" Project at Haifa University.


Touring the Hecht Museum, Haifa University







03 Mar
Alumni Workshop, "Innovation that Matters: Transformation Through Empathy"
March 3, 2017 -
09:00 to 13:00
- Diaghilev Boutique Hotel, Tel Aviv

Yael Alkalay, Fulbright MA alumna and Innovation and Design Strategy Lead at IBM Watson Health, gave a fascinating hands-on workshop to a diverse group of Fulbright alumni from all programs and ages, current US fellows, Fulbright and US Embassy- Public Affairs staff.


The "Green Team"- Fulbright Executive Director, Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla (third from left) & alumni displays their vase designs.


The "Yellow Team" 


Fulbright MA alumna and workshop leader, Yael Alkalay.



Hands on! Alumni Galya Levy (left) and Professor Emeritus Nitza Movshowitz-Hadar (center)


The "Blue Team"


All smiles! Fulbright alumni from left to right: Nourit Ben David Erez, Dr. Li Shir, Dr. Silvina Schammah Gesser, Awni Mousa


Fulbright Alumni: Professor Gad Yair (left) and Dr. Roy Shenhar (right)









12 Dec
Bestselling American Author Scott Turow: On Life, Law & Literature
December 12, 2016 -
05:30 to 07:30
- Bar-Ilan University, Gonda Nanotechnology Triplex, Blg. 206, Auditorium C50

29 Nov
Fulbright Alumni Hebrew U. Welcome Gathering- Featuring Ambassador Haim Koren
November 29, 2016 -
05:00 to 07:00
- Hebrew University- Mt. Scopus, Public Policy Dept., Room 1750

Calling all HUJI/ Jerusalem-based alumni: You are invited to a delightful gathering to join with fellow alumni to welcome our new 2016-2017 cohort of US Fulbrighters who are based at HUJI/Jerusalem-area, with special guest Israeli Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Haim Koren.

The Program:

• A brief social mixer for you to get to know our US Fulbrighters and fellow Fulbright alumni, and vise versa

• A conversation with the recently-returned Israeli Ambassador to Egypt, MR. HAIM KOREN. Ambassador Koren served in Egypt during the time of the recent revolution and its aftermath. He is also the former Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Political Planning Division and the former ambassador to South Sudan. This is a unique opportunity to meet him in an intimate setting for a fascinating exchange.

Special Thanks to our HUJI-based alumni, Ido Sivan Sivillia & David Gurevich, for organizing this special event.




08 Nov
Jews & Arabs Encountering their Identities: Transformations in Dialogue
November 8, 2016 -
06:30 to 09:00
- USIEF Office, 1 Ben-Yehuda St., 10th Floor, Tel Aviv




A panel discussion & launch of a new book by Fulbright alumna

Dr. Maya Kahanoff






Jews and Arabs in Israel Encountering Their Identities: Transformations in Dialogue reveals the powerful potential of inter-group dialogues to transform identities and mutually negating relations. Using meetings with Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab students who attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as case studies, Kahanoff examines the hidden psychological dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and illustrates how dialogue shifts participants' sense of identity as they encounter conflicting perspectives. Kahanoff contends that an awareness of the limitations of dialogue, without the renunciation of its value, is the most realistic basis upon which to build a sustainable agreement. (Lexington Books & The Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute, April, 2016)


Moderator: Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, Executive Director, United-States Israel Educational Foundation

Panel Participants:


Mr. Bassam Aramin, Co-Founder, Combatants for Peace & Parent Circle-Families Forum (PCFF)  

Bassam Aramin lives in Anata-East Jerusalem and is a father of six. Bassam started his struggle against the Israeli occupation when he was thirteen years old. In 1985 at the age of seventeen, he was incarcerated and spent seven years in Israeli jails between1985-1992.  While in jail, Bassam came to learn and understand the Jewish narrative underlying the Israeli state. He went on to study history and holds an MA in Holocaust studies from the University of Bradford, England. In 2005, Bassam co-founded Combatants for Peace. He is also the Chairman of Al-Quds Center for Democracy and Dialogue since 2006. Bassam is a member of the Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Family Forum since 2007, after losing his ten- year old daughter Abir, who was killed by an Israeli border policemen in front of her school in Anata on January 16th, 2007.



Ms. Yudit Oppenhiemer, Director, Ir-Amim, Jerusalem

Yudith Oppenheimer is a long time human rights activist, feminist and educator.  Before assuming leadership of Ir Amim in 2008, Yudith was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.  From 2000 to 2006, she served as Executive Director of Kol Ha-Isha - The Jerusalem Feminist Center.  During extended stays in South Africa and New Zealand, Yudith engaged in various communal and gender-related projects and among positions early in her career, served at the Association of Civil Rights in Israel.  Yudith holds an MA in Development Administration from the University of South Africa and is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University.



Dr. Ofer Shinar Levanon, Sappir College and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ofer Shinar Levanon is a political psychologist and a legal scholar. He teaches courses on the psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli society and human rights. Ofer has worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice, was in charge of research at the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum and served as an advisor to Israeli-Palestinian organizations on reconciliation. These days his research focus is the ethos of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the changing role of the collective memory of the Holocaust in the context of the conflict.



Dr. Maya Kahanoff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Maya Kahanoff is a lecturer at the Graduate Program for Conflict Research, Management & Resolution and an associate research fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University and continued her postdoctoral studies as a Fulbright fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, Virginia. Kahanoff is a facilitator of inter-group dialogues, and has more than a decade’s experience as an academic consultant and evaluator for conflict transformation, dialogue and reconciliation-aimed programs run by various institutions and peace-building NGOs. Her fields of interest include: psychological aspects of prolonged conflicts; dialogue and recognition in social conflicts; reconciliation and peace-building.


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28 Jun
USIEF 60th Anniversary Event - June 28, 2016
June 28, 2016 - 21:00 to June 29, 2016 - 01:00
- Van Leer Jerusalem Institute