Jerusalem Project

THE JERUSALEM PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION OF THE APPLEBAUM FOUNDATION COMPASS FUND

Leaving academics aside, all EMIS staff and students packed their bags and set out on a three-day mission to investigate Jerusalem. The students were split into 12 groups, each exploring a different aspect of Jerusalem’s complexity: civic status, religion, arts, holy places, political views, urban planning, sovereignty, economic development, education, borders, municipality, and the green line. This project aimed to broaden the students’ horizons  and their understanding of the many different faces of Jerusalem.

This year, the EMIS Project topic that was chosen was 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, who

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 attended a problem-based discussion workshop at the Eucalyptus restaurant and the different investigation groups presented their experiences from the previous day following a grand Middle Eastern meal. Tired but happy, 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.