Spring Seminar '09
For the first time since the war in Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian Seeds gathered for dialogue and team building challenges. After extensive preparation and several uni-national meetings, 43 Palestinian Seeds and 62 Jewish and Arab Israeli Seeds from the 2006-2008 Camp years met at a school on the Mediterranean for 36 hours of intense interaction.
The Spring Seminar provided Seeds with a unique opportunity to exchange their experiences of the War, work through some of their anger and disappointment arising from the conflict, and ultimately renew their connections with each other and their commitment to a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Fourteen Israeli and Palestinian facilitators led the dialogue sessions, which Seeds of Peace veterans described as among the most profound and constructive in memory. In an inspirational talk, Advisor and Director of Alumni Relations Tim Wilson reminded the Seeds of Camp’s transformational effect, and encouraged Seeds, staff and volunteers to make the most of the opportunity provided by the seminar.
Between dialogue sessions, staff, volunteers, and former delegation leaders led team-building exercises, field sports like “Steal the Bacon,” and a lively talent show of Seed-produced skits and music.