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See below for some of the speeches that Fellows gave at the ceremony:
Shabbaton: Emily Wood, Boston:
It is weird thinking back to the Shabaton. It almost feels like that happened over a year ago. The closeness we are feeling already even after this short time, makes us feel like old friends that have known each other for years. One thing that I will never forget was the first program that we did after meeting each other. The teens from Israel were asked to draw what they thought a Stereotypical American teenager was like and The American kids drew what they thought the stereotypical Israeli teenager was like. You know, contrary to popular belief, not every American girl wears high-heals with a bikini on the beach and not every Israeli has hairy legs… Looking at these drawings and seeing how some parts were so inaccurate and that other parts were very accurate helped us to bond together. This simple exercise allowed us to leave the inaccurate stereotypes behind and truly learn what the other group actually was like.
Getting to Know Boston: Yuval Regev, Haifa:
On Monday we had so much fun touring Boston. We did a lot of activities, including a duck tour. On the duck tour, we had an hour around Boston on a bus that can become a boat. After driving around Boston and seeing a lot of historical sites, we got in the water and saw the city from the water. We all got to drive the boat, which was very special and fun. This was the first time that we actually saw the city of Boston because when we got here it was late at night and we went straight to camp Ramah. It was very meaningful to get to see the city and learn about it because we had been waiting to see it for a long time.
Judaism in America: Yuval Zelig, Haifa:
Tuesday's theme was "Judaism in America". Because of the snow almost everything we planned to do was canceled. But we did have the rabbi panel. Although the reform and the conservative rabbi didn't come we de had a great conversation about different kinds of Judaism. This was a meaningful experience from some reasons.
First of all, in Israel we have almost only orthodox judaism. For me, as an Israeli teenager it was really good experience to meet other kinds of judaism.
It also was really interesting to speak with the orthodox rabbi because he was really different from Israelis orthodox rabbis.
It was interesting to hear their point of view about religious conflicts in Israel. We heard their opinion about separation between religion and state, about how Shabbat should look in the public areas and about civil marriage in Israel. That's was really interesting, for me as an Israeli teenager, to hear an outside point of view about Israel as the Jewish state.