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Friday, April 9, 2010

Program Reflection Question #1

What was your favorite Program Session? Why?

22 comments:

  1. My favorite Program session was the 2nd session we had, the one with Loola Kazooom, where we learned about all the different types of Jews around the world and those fun songs. I found the session engaging, informative, fun, and eye-opening. I thought it was a great way to start off with understanding diversity.
    -Josh N

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  2. My favorite program session was when the woman came in who had started a program to educate people about the innovative aspects of Israel that also appeal to non-Jews, especially youth. She showed the many technological and/or practical advances Israel has made and shared with the world. She had a really effective slide show with interactive videos and she also brought in physical examples that we were able to pass around, such as the straw made to filter water for developing countries or the bandage made to provide adequate pressure for wounds used by militaries.
    I really liked the lecture not just because it was highly educational and included things I did not previously know, but because it was a highly engaging presentation. At no point was I bored, rather I wanted to see more. I remember walking out of the session that day having learned something and wanting to learn more.

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  3. My favorite program was the one in which we first met our Latino counterparts. The conversations that day were very meaningful, and I felt, through discussion, I was able to start better understanding Latino culture and how it is similar to Jewish culture.

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  4. The last session with the teenagers from Roosevelt High School was my favorite program because we had to come up with ideas of how to represent our group. Working together on our project helped strengthen our relationship. It made things casual, and relaxing.

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  5. My favorite program session was when the car wash employee spoke about hardships and unfair treatment that he has received working there. I was touched and inspired by his experience, and found that most minorities and immigrants have similar experiences.

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  6. My favorite program session was when we went to Roosevelt High School and met with the Latino high school students. It provided the platform to change the dynamics of our relationships: we were at their school and they were giving us a glimpse of their daily lives.

    It was a refreshing change of environment. It showed me how much you can learn about another person or another group of people by seeing where they work, play, study, etc.

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  7. My favorite program session was when we first met the students from Roosevelt High School. Prior to that program all I had were ideas and preconceived notions about them. However, meeting them and getting to interact with them one on one showed not only the similarities that we had, but the similarities that our cultures and values have. It also gave us an opportunity to speak in an open free manner that we would not normally get the chance to be in.

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  8. My favorite program session was our trip to Roosevelt High School. What made that session special was the chance that we were given to be part of the environment that Latino students spend most of their time, and compare it to our daily life. In fact, it made me realize how similar we were together. What I also loved about that session was Latino students’ excitement to share their experience with us regarding their high school. They gave us a glimpse of the history of Roosevelt High School and how it was home to many different groups of immigrants, including Jews.

    Furthermore, I really enjoyed the chance to listen to Professor Steven Windmueller and Mr. Jaime Regalado. I really liked hearing about the history of Boyle Heights from their perspective. Especially, Mr. Regalado who at one point in his life lived in Boyle Heights. Over all I really enjoyed that experience.

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  9. My favorite session was probably the time we visited the Boyle Heights school. It was eye opening for me to see what kind of an environment they find themselves in on a daily basis. It made for great conversations and shed light on to questions I have never pondered as a Jew and now had the opportunity to.

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  10. I loved every time we received the opportunity to interact with the students of Boyle Heights. Seeing the interactions bewteen the various cultures was a great learning experience.

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  11. So far my favorite session in the program has been visiting Hamilton High School in our own backyard here in LA interacting with Latino students and sharing both our history and theirs through traditional cuisine.

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  12. My favorite program session was on September 15, 2009. Although all three speakers were enjoyable, my favorite would have to be Dr. Galit Dayan. She is in a position where she has to constantly stand up for Israel, and interact with many multi ethnic groups. Her stories she shared when she encountered people who have never met Jews, were truly a wake up call from the Los Angeles bubble I live in. Her words of wisdom in dealing with various difficult situations were very informative and educational.

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  13. my favorite program session was when the car washer came and we learned about his life story and how the car washers were treated and the organization created to help them.
    i think it was so interesting to learn about his story because we take so many things for granted and we dont even look deeper to see how all these workers are treated and what their life is like. we meet them for five minutes as they wash our car and go our seperate ways.

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  14. My favorite session was when Sol Berger came to speak to the students at Hamilton about his experience in the Holocaust. The students were taken away, and some even started to cry. It really showed me how those who were not affected by the Holocaust could really relate and be interested in the stories of those who did.
    I also enjoyed hearing from the undocumented student and from the Car Wash speaker. They both exposed me to injustices that surround us everyday that I had not been aware of.

    Emily Levine

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  15. it is difficult to pick just one because there were so many fascinating sessions! a session that I especially liked though was when the roosevelt kids came to the mot and one of the activities was identifying jewish and latino stereotypes. i felt that both our groups insightfully discussed how we are represented by the media and in our political culture.

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  16. My favorite session was when we first met our Latino counterparts. I could not believe how much we had in common and yet how different we really are. It was interesting to hear their interesting stories of their complex backgrounds while they were still interested in our past and our stories.
    I also liked the session that was about self-reflection, where we needed to understand ourselves before meeting our Latino counterparts. I thought it was a crucial session to have in order to be able to really open up to our friends at Hamilton High school or anyone at all.

    Doreen Gal

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  17. Gabriela BeroukhimApril 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    My favorite session was first meeting with the Roosevelt students. I thought it was important that we all sat together at the dinner table and had casual conversation one on one. Even just speaking about something as simple as a driver's license made me realize how similar we are and how easily we can relate to one another.

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  18. My favorite program session was when representatives from the Latino community came to speak to us. The Latino college student who spoke about how she moved to America when she was four and has not been able to receive citizenship since and how this has affected her educational life, was very interesting. As she explained her hardships, yet she demonstrated her determination to continue working hard to achieve her goals, I thought about how privileged I am to receive an education that I want and to easily enter the college education field, but realizing the responsibility I have in helping others fulfill their dreams by using my blessings.

    As we then heard from car wash workers, I heard about conditions that Latino workers face that I hadn’t known before and through his emotional stories, I could connect to his hardships. I was inspired to spread his story and let others know about the injustice done to these workers so people in the community can take action. I included facts and stories from the car wash workers during my LimmudLA presentation and spoke about how other minorities, not just Latinos, are also treated poorly and it is up to us to act now.

    -Jessica K.

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  19. My favorite sessions so far have been the ones where we have interacted with our Latino counterparts. I would have to say that for me, it is a tie between the time we first met the Latino students from Roosevelt, and the session where we heard from the Latino car washer and the Latino college student.

    The first time we met the students from Roosevelt was an amazing experience. I instantly bonded with a few of them because we discovered that we truly had a lot in common. Whether it was the sports teams we both played on, the fact that we both had similar career and life goals, or the fact that we both were frustrated with our homework loads, we had a lot to talk about.

    When we heard from the Latino speakers regarding the struggles they faced daily, I was shocked. Some of that information was new to me and I truly was appalled. We always hear about the poor conditions of workers and such, but when I heard the words come out of the mouths of those effected, I truly wanted to help them out. It was interesting to learn about and interact with people from different aspects of the Latino community.

    -Hayley G.

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  20. My favorite sessions were the ones involving emotional intelligence. I have always inwardly known a lot of the things that we were told in those sessions, but it was great to hear all these ideas verbalized. I have certainly found them helpful in my everyday life, particularly in situations of anger.

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  21. My favorite session was the media bias session. In the session the Jewish and Lation students together saw and learned about the many examples of media bias that pertains to both ethnicities. I thought it was a very important session because we learned we can not always trust the media for news because of their many bias opinions.
    - Daniella Golbari

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  22. I can't choose a session, but every time we interacted with the Roosevelt students I learned something new. They would ask questions and we would answer. We would ask questions and they would answer. It was exciting and we all became more comfortable with each other once we knew each other on a friendlier level. The curiosity made our conversations much more interesting.

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