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Catawba College Group Makes Trip to Innovation Israel

April 10, 2018

Category: Academics, Events, Students

IMG_1252.jpgOver spring break a group of nine Catawba College students along with Dr. Renee Just, an assistant professor of business and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development, and Angelia Bates, administrative assistant to the Ketner School of Business, traveled to Israel for an Entrepreneurship class.  Their goal was to explore the rich innovation and entrepreneurship Israel has to offer.

They began their journey by visiting Google Israel and Waze (the real-time traffic app) in Tel Aviv, followed by a stop in a social entrepreneurship community, Eretz Ir and P'nima to hear the incredible story of a Bedouin woman, Amal Abu Alkom (Segev Shalom).  She shared what it was like growing up and being restricted from getting an education.  The Bedouins live off grid, in a self-contained community.

The Catawba group visited Herzliya and the Interdisciplinary Center that is an elite higher educational institution offering a premier entrepreneurship and media program.  The Center’s campaign is "study in English, study in Israel.”

The journey continued to 83 North (a venture capital firm), Young Jerusalem, Made in Jerusalem and Yotpo, an entrepreneurial start-up and a social business incubator working in Jerusalem’s mixed Musrara neighborhood to build community, business and technology, including a Hub.

IMG_1519.jpgThe Catawba group had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Nafez Nazzal, a Palestinian academic who shared his story of growing up in Israel.  He also shed light on the perceived troubles which are not about religion, but rather about land.

The students had an opportunity to spend down time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, sampling many different foods and taking in the culture.  They visited the Old City, the Western Wall, open air markets, Yad v'Shem (the Holocaust Memorial), and enjoyed a Shabbat dinner with a family.  They walked along Rothschild Boulevard - Israel’s first ”Start- Up Street” to Independence Hall, the building where Israel declared its independence in 1948.

The group toured the Israel Museum, a world-class museum exhibiting the Shrine of the Book holding the Dead Sea Scrolls, a scale model of Jerusalem from 2,000 years ago, and extensive art, archaeology, Judaica, and other exhibits.  They visited the Masada National Park and heard the incredible story of Jewish rebels’ last stand against the Roman Legions at the end of the Great Revolt 2,000 years ago.  Then, the students covered themselves in mud and floated in the super-saline, mineral-rich and naturally buoyant Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth.

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