JERUSALEM PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENERIOUS CONTRIBUTION OF THE APPLEBAUM FOUNDATION COMPASS FUND
This year, the EMIS Project topic that was chosen was Jerusalem.
Leaving academics aside, all EMIS staff and students packed their bags and set out to an investigatory mission in Jerusalem for three days. The students were split into 12 groups, each exploring a different aspect of Jerusalem’s complexity – the aspects explored were: civic status, religion, arts, holy places, political views, urban planning, sovereignty, economic development, education, borders, municipality, and the green line. These investigations were aimed to broaden the horizons of thinking and the understanding of the many different faces of Jerusalem.
The first day was spent touring the different sites of the city, and attending a panel in which an Israeli and a Palestinian representative held a political discussion about Jerusalem on stage, and answered questions asked by the students. The second day was wholly dedicated to the 12 group investigations conducted by the EMISers, that spent the day walking around the city, mingling with locals, and hearing lectures from professionals in Jerusalemite firms and the Hebrew University. All the students regrouped in the evening and were addressed by a Jerusalem Venture Partners executive about the economic development in the city and by the Office of the Quartet Chief of Staff on the political involvement of the Quartet in the region. On the third day, the students underwent a problem-based discussion workshop in the Eucalyptus restaurant and the different investigation groups presented their experiences from the previous day following a grand Middle Eastern meal. Tired and satisfied, the staff and students boarded the buses for the last time and returned to EMIS, satisfied and enlightened by the magic of the holiest city in the World.