'Kellogg world' unites for international study in Israel
year, Executive MBA students from the Middle East, Europe,
Asia and North America gather in Evanston for International
Live-in Week, an opportunity to learn about other business
cultures and to establish professional and personal networks
around the world.
in the August 2004 Live-in week decided that this was "not
the end, but the beginning of a tradition," and they
began plans for a Kellogg School International Live-in Week
January, students from Evanston, the Recanati Graduate School
of Management at Tel Aviv University in Israel, WHU-Otto Beisheim
Graduate School of Management in Vallendar, Germany, and the
School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology in China convened in Israel for
another international immersion experience. Classes represented
included KR-08, KW-07, KH-07 and EMP-59 and 60.
they made it an unforgettable week.
to participants, one of the week's highlights was a behavioral
finance sequence taught in a bright and original way by professors
Thomas Lys and Margaret Neale.
away from class was equally memorable. Many visiting students
chose to begin the New Year in Israel, arriving on Dec. 31
in the midst of celebration. In the following paragraphs Kellogg
School participants describe for Kellogg World
readers some of their impressions of the Israeli culture during
their time in the country.
Patricia Harris, EMP-60: "My New Year's Eve in Tel Aviv
was like no other. I arrived at the airport that morning where
Avi (who was on my team for the week) was there to greet me.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we set off for brunch at
a restaurant by the Mediterranean. There we met up with the
other members of our team, Raffi, Michel and Samson KR-O8
and Tiffany KW-07, who had also arrived that morning.
that afternoon, Tiffany and I attended synagogue with our
host family, the Abadis (Michel Abadi KR-08). The music was
especially beautiful, as there was a guest cantor and an a
cappella group. The friendliness of people in greeting each
other made an impression on me.
was followed by Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner at their home with
two other guests. I felt fortunate for an opportunity to learn
more about Jewish traditions. And, on top of that, dinner
that evening, Udi swung by to give Tiffany and me a ride to
a New Year's Eve party at Jaffa, an old port city south of
Tel Aviv. We had heard New Year's Eve isn't celebrated in
Israel like it is in the States. Wrong! Jaffa was humming.
went to a great place known for its food and variety (belly
dancers in one area, disco in another and a small combo playing
in a third area). Best of all was seeing familiar faces. It
was a like a class reunion, gourmet buffet and international
tour all rolled into one great event!"
evening, a big group of students dined in Jaffa. As Olaf Salm,
KW-07, describes: "Besides the content of the behavioral
finance course, the international students had the chance
to experience the variety of the Israeli kitchen. To boil it down: The Orient is not far away and its
culinary influence on food is visible in every respect. One
of the unforgettable experiences was a visit to the Itizk
Hagadol restaurant in Jaffa. Dinner included hummus (a dip
made of chickpeas and olive oil), kabbab (barbequed meat),
tehina (a sesame dip) and delicious salads.
five full days of studies, the class was ready for a new type
of challenge. Friday began very early for all of us. Almost
everyone was up on their feet and on the buses at 2:30 a.m.
The goal this time was to climb Massada before sunrise!
our colleague from Germany, Marcus Becker, KW-07, describes:
"One of the highlights for students from all over the
world was the trip to the lowest point on Earth: The Dead
Sea Valley. Our first stop was Massada. Towering 430 meters
above the Dead Sea, Massada (Hebrew for "fortress")
is a craggy, boat-shaped mountain that Jewish kings used as
a natural impregnable fortress. These kings equipped Massada
with a palace and other buildings, hot springs and a sophisticated
cistern system to store rainwater.
is also an important symbol: During the revolt against the
Romans, the last resistance remained here until 73 A.D. In
that year, the Romans finished a ramp to attack the citadel,
but according to history, all 2,000 Jewish defenders, including
women and children, agreed to die rather than be captured
by the Romans. So Massada became a symbol of men and women
who cherish freedom and the basis for the saying, 'Massada
shall never fall again.'
we reached Massada at early dawn, we started our trek by following
the Roman ramp up the mountain. As we stood on the border
between Israel and Jordan, we were overwhelmed by the spectacular
sunrise over the Jordanian mountains, and the gorgeous view
over the moon-like Dead Sea valley compensated for the sleepless
breakfast we travelled south along the Dead Sea to the production
area of the Dead Sea Works, one of the biggest natural resources
factories in Israel, processing natural resources from the
those able to enjoy another day of visits, a trip to Jerusalem
was in the works for Saturday. As Caroline Rogers, EMP-59,
describes: "Jerusalem is a place where many questions
were answered. During the visit, I intended to go to Yad Vashem,
but instead wandered down the steps to what was labeled the
first Holocaust museum in Old Jerusalem. Some of the images
were familiar, but no less startling. It struck me that we
must always remember.
Jerusalem everyone is protecting their rock: the Church of
the Sepulcher, the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock.
It is the point of origin for many of us: our faith.
again will I read an article about a bombing in Israel and
be in a state to turn the page. I now see each of the faces
in our class during this week. We were unknowingly ambassadors
to each other."
Patricia Harris, EMP-60, writes of her hosts for the week:
"There is something special about the Kellogg-Recanati
class. They are outgoing and friendly — a real pleasure.
We could not have had better hosts. The class met all their
visitors at the airport and planned a number of very special
events. Our team members looked out for us — we were
in good hands all the way.
those of us visiting from Germany, Hong Kong and the States,
the Live-In Week in Tel Aviv was interesting, exhausting (so
many things to do!), challenging, fun and informative —
the kind of adventure that brings people together. And for
that we can thank KR-08, truly ambassadors for the area and
a group of people with very big hearts. "
but not least, the hosting students of KR-08 would like to
thank our worldwide Kellogg colleagues and friends, the Kellogg
School professors and staff, and especially, the Israeli staff
who made this week a unique learning experience for all of
Patrica Harris, EMP-60, Olaf Salm, KW-07, Marcus Becker, KW-07, Caroline
Rogers, EMP-59, Udi Chatow, KR-08, Elite Elkon May-Tal, KR-08
and Pazit Rozenzweig (KR coordinator) all contributed to this