Nick Ornstein (Watertown) on the Shabbat experience:
bag filled with three different colors of jelly beans. Each person would say the question on their cup, and list out the three options we were given to answer it. Each answer had a specific colored jelly bean which we dropped in the cup as it was passed to us. Early on in the activity, the questions were very “light”, such as “what is your favorite social media site”. As the program progressed, the questions went deeper, and so did the thinking. The topics included abortion rights, gay rights, and feminism. The group discussed with focus, and drive. In that span of time, I had managed to form complete and new opinions about subjects I had never thought about.
Seeing as we will be traveling to Haifa in the coming summer, the two of them found it fit to plan a program whose purpose was to learn about Haifa. In the style of NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, the program had us laughing, and learning. We were able to get so much out of the program because we weren’t just having facts thrown at us - it was interactive and interesting.