The bVIEW launch event – September 27th
This event, organized in collaboration with BIPAC, J Street U and Hillel, offered students a safe and constructive space to learn about the history of Zionist thought and discuss their relationship with the term. First, student leaders from each group discussed their person understanding of Zionism. Then, Professor Ilan Troen, Professor Michael Zank and Rachel Fisch presented about historical Zionists Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Martin Beuber and David Ben Gurion. Finally, students split into small groups facilitated by one student and professor to discuss how each of these thinkers might relate to Zionism today and explore their personal relationships with Zionism. Through the event, students saw the range of feelings and ideologies encompassed in Zionism and had a place to express their own identities, concerns and ideas.
Shakshuka and Stories-
bVIEW started its first year with a bang! Over 125 students gathered over dessert to hear their peers speak about what they can do together to create a more productive campus culture regarding Israel. Chen Arad, an Israeli sophomore, presented bVIEW and led the event. A group of students shared their perspective on why bVIEW matters, making it clear to everyone who participated that this year would be different from previous years. Natan Odenheimer spoke about the shift we need regarding Israel culture on campus: from a culture of mutual accusation to one that is focused on changing the future. Erica Shaps, a senior who avoided Israel activity for most of her college career, explained why this year is the time to stop being cynical. Ashraf Hussain discussed the absurdity he witnessed when students with different opinions did not interact with each other or share their opinions productively. Students answered questions about campus culture on bulletin boards all around the room.