MOFET and Gordon Academic College are not normal tourist spots for most people. But on my most recent trip to Israel, they provided me with an opportunity to participate in the Israel Forum for Academic Writing (IFAW) and. an international conference on multiculturalism. Fortunately, sessions are given in both English and Hebrew.
IFAW is housed in the north Tel Aviv office of MOFET, the division of the Ministry of Education that translates to Institute of Research, curriculum,and Program Development for Teachers. Although originally scheduled to meet biannually, IFAW offered a symposium this year. At IFAW, I meet people from around the world who share a passion for the teaching of rhetoric. Once I informed IFAW chair of my proposed visit, she invited me to submit a paper. I was honored.
After IFAW, I headed up to Haifa, home of Gordon Academic College which hosted hosted "Education ! for the 21st Century: Multiculturalism, Children's Rights, and Global Citizenship". I attended presentations about Native Americans in Montana, the views of Israeli-Arab teens about pressing issues (of the hundred-plus students in the study, only one mentioned politics - the most common issue mentioned was littering), a Swiss response to the emotional needs of Roma children, the various cultures in Georgia, and my own presentation about service-learning.
Having four sons who now live in Israel, I look for any excuse to visit. In the almost-eight years since my first son made aliyah, I have attended every IFAW conference and hope to continue the tradition with Gordon Academic College.
After the conferences, I spent days wandering around Tel Aviv while my sons were at work. I scouted out and visited the bead stores on Allenby and Jaffe streets where I found bargains on beads and silver findings.
My favorite activity is to check out the many kosher restaurants wi! th my family. This year, I discovered eLuna.com, a website of kosher restaurants throughout Israel. One son wanted Turskish cuisine, so we went to Pasha's (a bit on the expensive side but delicious). Another son is vegetarian, and we visited the many coffee shops have salads and dairy entries. My son and daughter-in-law found Kakaos. My fourth son just enjoyed all the eateries we visited.
My son, who most recently made the move to Israel enjoys wine. On his day off, we headed up to Binyamina to Tishbi Wineries. After a light lunch (complete with complimentary wine samples and their signature dark bread), we indulged in wine and chocolate tasting (30 NIS/person). As we tasted, our server filled us in with interesting places to visit in the region.
I can't wait for my next trip!