Exchange of Polish and Israeli students
The Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange, an educational program for students from Poland and Israel, is a joint educational initiative of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the institution responsible for creating the Core Exhibition of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and supporting the Museum in its educational activities.
Since 2006, the program has aided university students in learning about Polish-Jewish history and the present realities, enabled a cultural exchange, as well as joint creative activity and overcoming prejudices. Every year, in summertime, Israelis meet the Polish participants of the project during creative activities. Within two weeks, at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the participants implement educational and artistic programs as well as learn the history of each other’s nations and cultures.
The next stage of the project is a student exchange trip by the Polish participants to Tel Aviv University. The expansive educational offer of the University allows the students to choose subjects according to their individual interests. The students can also take Hebrew language courses.
This student exchange project was the first educational activity of the POLIN Museum. It is addressed to Polish and Israeli students. It aims at enabling young people to get to know a multi-faceted Polish-Jewish history and the modern culture of Poland and Israel. Establishing mutual relations, becoming friends and acquiring knowledge is an excellent foundation for the active engagement in joint activities carried out first in Poland and then in Israel.
What does it look like in practice?
The fundamental elements of the program are the study visits of young Israelis to Poland and the scholarship scheme for Polish students in Israel. Thus, the participants have a unique possibility to expand their knowledge of the history and culture of both countries.
At the beginning of September, the Polish and Israeli students will come to Warsaw to take part in a two-week study program held at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. In autumn (October), the Polish scholarship holders will depart to Tel Aviv for three months, to study while living on the University campus. They will learn history, tradition, culture and the current social situation of Israel there. A significant element of their visit is participation in promotional activities for the project, in Israel.
The 2016 Edition
In this edition of the program, during the part taking place in Poland, the participants will visit and critically analyze the Core Exhibition of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. They will participate in anti-discrimination and artistic workshops. During which they will implement art installations in Muranow - the district where a Jewish ghetto was established during World War II, and nowadays POLIN Museum is located. During the second part of the program, the Polish participants will go, in the middle of October, for a three-month student exchange at Tel Aviv University.
The first part will take place in Warsaw in September 4–18, 2016.
These costs will be covered by the Organizer for the participants: transportation to and from Poland and Israel, accommodation and insurance, meals provided during the days on which classes are held. All classes will be conducted in English.
- The program coordinator: Anna Majewska, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- The program coordinator in Israel: Tsipy Zeiri, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- The conceptual and organizational support: Nili Amit (a consultant for Israel), Ewa Chomicka (Director of the Adult Education Section), Magdalena Dopieralska (Specialist at Department of Education) Piotr Kowalik (Deputy Director of the Department of Education)
This project is a joint educational initiative of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.
The program is financially supported by:
Mr. Ygal Ozechov
Mr. Tomek Ulatowski