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What is A Wider Bridge Virtual Mission to Israel

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Welcome to A Wider Bridge’s Virtual Leadership Mission to Israel. Our Virtual Mission to Israel brings together influential LGBTQA+ student leaders to provide a balanced, sophisticated, deep look at the current state of the Israeli LGBTQ community, Israel’s strategic imperatives, and the latest trends of Israel’s rich culture and iconic sites. 

The participants will have the opportunity to learn, experience, and engage through intimate conversations with thought leaders, people-to-people meetings with local activists, network opportunities with Israeli peers, engage in interactive workshops and small group discussions, and enjoy virtual cultural experiences and tours.

The Program

During the mission, we will learn about and engage with Israel’s LGBTQ life and community, explore Israel’s history, democracy, diverse society, and culture, and discuss The challenges of the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian conflict and the work towards peacebuilding. We will have intimate conversations with thought leaders, meetings with local activists, interactive workshops and small group discussions, and virtual cultural experiences.


You can access the full program schedule here and the bios and photos of the speakers you will meet during the mission here (we are adding them on a rolling basis as we receive them). * program might be subject to changes

DateSessions
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET/ 4:00pm – 5:00 PT
Pre Mission Meet your Peers & Networking Hour
Monday, November 15, 2021
12:30pm – 2:45pm ET/ 9:30am – 11:45am PT
Israel’s LGBTQ Life and Community Day:
1. LGBTQ Life and Community from the Eyes of Young Israeli LGBTQ Activists 
2. Open Conversation on Advancing Trans Rights and Acceptance
3. The Rainbow City – A Virtual Walking Tour of Tel Aviv.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
12:30pm – 2:45pm ET/ 9:30am – 11:45am PT
Israel’s Democracy and Society Day:
1. The Present State of Israel’s Democracy and Society
2. Meeting with Israeli LGBTQ Elected Officials 
3. Virtual Queer Tour on Jerusalem
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
12:30pm – 2:30pm ET/ 9:30am – 11:30am PT
The Conflict and Peacebuilding Day:
1. Why is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peacebuilding so Complicated
2. People to People Peacebuilding Work 
3. Open Conversation on Antisemitism, Pinkwashing, and BDS
Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:30pm – 2:30pm ET/ 9:30am – 11:30am PT
Faith in Equality Day:
1. Faith in Equality- Acceptance in the Religious Community and the Battle Against Conversion Therapy
2. Faith in Equality: Acceptance in the Arab Community

Mission Kit

We are excited to share with you additional tools and resources we curated to help you further your knowledge and enhance your experience. We understand that it is difficult to learn and experience Israel in just 10 hours, therefore we curated our virtual mission kit that includes Articles, movies, and other online resources and tools that will help you further your knowledge on the topics we will discuss and experience during the mission. You will find reading recommendations for each item including, what session it is relevant for and by when we recommend you read it.  You can access the virtual mission kit here