Saying yes to Yesh

June 30, 2017 by Teneille Murray
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The Zionist Council of NSW will farewell a group of 20 students heading to Israel to participate in the 2017 Yesh! Israel program next week.

Enjoying Israel in 2016

The two-week Israel program is the first of its kind, a post-Birthright experience for 20-28 years-olds that brings together the best of Israel for those who may have visited before but would like to divulge deeper into what makes Israel the incredible country is it today.

By focusing on Israel as a Start-Up Nation as well as Advocacy and Culture, the program will allow students to engage with a unique cross-section of organisations and individuals. The program shows both urban and rural sides of Israel, diverse communities from the ultra-Orthodox of Mea She’arim to the Druze community, and a range of local people from young to old, and those in the business sector, academic and community representatives.

With so much buzz around entrepreneurship and innovation Yesh! will take participants to the heart of the action, touring Start-up Hubs, High-tech companies and working side by side with established entrepreneurs to learn, innovate and try to understand how Israel, a small and young country of only seven million is able to produce more start-up companies per capita than anyone else in the world.

Jewish students on Australian campuses are battling with BDS and antisemitism. Yesh! will teach participants advocacy skills first hand, in the heart of the land, to take back home to educate others on campus and become strong leaders and advocates for Israel.

The Yesh! Israel program will run from July 5th to 18th.

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