Time: 60 mins
Introduction (10 mins):
Hand out copies of Stuart Schoffman's "The best country on earth"
You should go round the circle and get each person to read one point. Allow a little leeway for discussion about the points.
Conclude this section by saying that there are many characteristics which are quiet unique to Israelis and wouldn't fit into the structure of an English tour. This is not saying that you should change yourself for tour - but that you should bare in mind that the madrichim in charge most probably have a distinctively British way of thinking - ie the Israeli way is not right in their mind.
Reading and discussion in groups (10 mins):
Split the group up into the individual tour groups. Give each group a set of three role plays and ask them to discuss what they see as the correct answer. State that all three role plays are true occasions when Israelis have been on British tours.
Role Plays and Discussions (20 mins):
Ask each group to perform a role play (ie one person is the madrich, another the Israeli chanich etc.) answering the question in the role play.
After they have performed their role play the whole group should discuss whether they agree with how they reacted.
The Inter-Cultural iceberg (5 mins):
Hand round this sheet. Ask everybody to read it from top to bottom.
What do they think will be the biggest 'inter-cultural' issue on their tour.
Why is an "iceberg" used as the title?
Answer - there are many more issues under the surface than we can actually see (an iceberg is 90% underwater)
Can they think of any more to add?
Bloody Americans (10 mins)
Give everyone the sheet entitled
American-Israeli: Cross-Cultural Reference Guide
Get someone to be the Israel and someone to be the American and alternate between the two columns. Both should put on the strongest accent possible!
Conclusion (5 mins)
How someone from the Diaspora sees and Israel may be true (and visa versa) but these can be minimised just by thinking of the other
The opinions and ways of thinking of the 'other' should be bourne in mind at all times
Your madrichim are often right - even when in your eyes they are completely wrong!
Elul 5760 - September 2000