iEngage Student Seminar – Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (Students)

What are the dates of the trip?

The trip runs December 23 – December 30, 2019. Registration is at the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem on December 23rd. The program begins at 9:00am on December 24th. It will conclude no later than 2:30pm on December 30th.

What does the registration fee include?

Registration fee includes all costs incurred while in Israel – travel to and from Ben Gurion Airport, room and board at the Prima Kings Hotel, and the cost of the program. It does NOT include airfare.

What is the content of the trip?

Students will be studying new iEngage content, entitled Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. The Jewish people have moved from having no home to having Israel as a primary home, and now to having two comfortable homes, in North America and Israel, that have seemingly incongruous sets of values. The story that we have been telling ourselves has not caught up to this reality. We’ll be studying questions such as:

  • What does it mean to go from exile to two redemptive and distinct homes? What are the distinguishing factors of each?
  • What are the threats to peoplehood today? How do antisemitism, antizionism, and differing opinions regarding universalism and particularism threaten to tear at the fabric of peoplehood?
  • Do we need a new model for Jewish peoplehood today? What are potential metaphors that may serve to bring us together?

What is a typical day like? Are there activities?

Most days are spent at the Shalom Hartman Institute’s campus in Jerusalem. While there, students learn from Hartman Faculty, have campus-based processing and reflections sessions, and opportunities to discuss issues related to Israel with each other.

There will be 1-2 days of tiyulim (field trips) where students will have the opportunity to visit sites related to topics of study.