November was an exciting month as the Center worked closely with students and faculty from the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) to further broaden and expand their education. Looking beyond formal education, we also embarked on journeys of self reflection, growth, and artistic expression this month.
Students and faculty participated in an Anti-Stress Workshop on October 31st, led by Professor Danny Hamiel, Director of the Educational Intervention Unit of the Cohen Harris Resilience Center and the Head of the Cognitive-Behavioral Unit at the Tel Aviv Community Mental Health Center. Students and faculty first attended lectures prepared by Professor Hamiel and his staff, which prompted the audience to begin thinking about self-control. Next, a stress performance graph was reviewed which displayed the optimum stress level for peak performance during various activities. In this graph too little stress leads to inactivity, while too much stress leads to overload and potential anxiety and panic. Students were then divided into small groups where they learned tools to help them better manage personal stressors in their life, such as breathing exercises that they can utilize at any time to refocus and recenter themselves. When tackling difficult and highly emotional topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, many students need tools to properly manage stress, and Dr. Hamiel's course was a great start! Read more about the workshop here!
Batsheva Dance Company Performance
November 15th was a beautiful day for a field trip, so EMIS students were joined by local schools from the Arab Jewish Community Center in Jaffa to enjoy the unique performance of "Kamuyot" by the Batsheva Dance Company Young Ensemble. This dynamic and engaging dance, created by Ohad Naharin, takes the audience on a journey to explore the mind and body through movement and connection. After the inspiring performance, EMIS students and staff had the pleasure of talking with the Young Ensemble Director Idan Porges as well as two esteemed dancers, Chen Agron and Mourad Bouayad. The group then discussed Gaga, which is the movement language and pedagogy developed by Ohad Naharin. The dancers explained how Gaga helps them deeply connect to each motion in their dances, thus helping them better impart meaning to the audience. The dance students from EMIS then had the opportunity to participate in a Gaga class themselves, and were able to apply the theoretical concepts that were explained and to find their own unique form of physical expression. Read more about the experience here!
Leon Charney Reporters
And what better way to round out this inspiring month than to share the latest Leon Charney Reporters episode! This episode is very exciting, as the student reporters on this report actually aren't from the Center, and are instead three young students that are delegates of Florida Atlantic University's Leon Charney Diplomacy Program. These three students - Jessica Malinowska, Maria Hasbun, and Alexa Menashe - have been named Sackler Fellows by the Foreign Policy Association, and came all the way to New York to receive the honor at the World Leadership Forum in October. This episode features the students interviewing each other, as well as their program director Dr. J. Morton, to discuss the future of diplomacy and peace negotiation, as well to discuss the main topic of the World Leadership Forum this year - the USA vs. China. Check out the video!
USA vs. China - Which Will Lead the World? | Leon Charney Reporters
From mindfulness to dance to international relations, this month has given us a lot to think about! We look forward to sharing our future adventures and growth with you - here's to another month of excitement and learning!