Many of the Israelis had never met – let alone befriended – someone from another religious tradition. And many of the San Diegans had never before encountered – let alone understood – Arabs.
The Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute may not heal all the Middle East’s wounds. But student by student, year by year, it’s a start.
Jewish teens from San Diego, Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs gather to pray for peace at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, a holy site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage.
A view of the barrier that separates Israel (inside the barrier) from the West Bank (outside the barrier).
The cross-cultural group of teens visited a natural spring in the Negev in southern Israel. The students spent a night in the desert under a starry sky.
High Tech High senior Mara Jacobs learns how to weave from Heigar Alsana, the owner of a weaving factory in southern Israel.