We packed up early and had one last breakfast before saying good-bye to our hosts at Antique Hostel. We drove to Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast, to Oranim, an educational college, for a day of listening and learning. After some ice breaker activities, in which we explored impressions of Israeli society through commercials, we heard an Israeli man tell a very sad story. His 15 year old daughter was killed by a suicide bomber from Gaza. After her death, they found her diaries, filled with heartfelt writings about her desire for peace. He and his wife published her writings, and travel around the country sharing her story. They also started an organization for bereaved family members on all sides of the conflict who have lost loved ones to the violence.
We also had the opportunity to participate in a mifgash, a face to face conversation with Oranim students (Arab and Jewish), that included looking in the mirror at ourselves, and looking through a window into the experience of others. We also heard from a history professor, who described the history of Israel from a Jewish perspective. While he was hopeful that tensions can be reduced here, he was also somewhat resigned that there is no perfect solution. His straightforward, direct style and opinions left us with lots to talk about on the bus ride later. After unpacking at the Molada Guest House in Haifa, we drove to a Druze community where we learned the history of this somewhat mysterious religious and cultural group, and then were treated to a traditional, delicious supper served in a Druze home.