We are writing to you with news of an extraordinary volunteer and travel opportunity for alumni leaders such as yourself – an opportunity for you and the AYA to further the Yale alumni leadership exchange program with the world’s leading universities. We have been Ambassadors for Yale in Australia, Japan, Turkey and China and shared best practices in alumni relations with world leading universities in all these countries. We have made friends and made a difference – helping universities develop and broaden their alumni relations program which in turn strengthens higher education.
In an expansion of our efforts, in 2012 the Yale Global Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE) will lead two programs to work with universities first in Israel in February, and then with Cambridge University and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, tentatively June 29 through July 9. Because of your leadership on behalf of Yale, you are invited to join YaleGALE on both or either of these programs. The exciting event in Israel will commence with arrival on Sunday, February 19th and conclude on Saturday, the 25th. A three-day extension to Masada, Eilat and Petra, Jordan is planned for those wishing to see more of the area.
Following our successful model of hosting a conference when we bring many universities together for a true exchange of ideas on alumni relations, we’re planning a conference in Tel Aviv with the leading universities in Israel. Although time is limited, we will try to schedule a program with Weizmann Institute on their beautiful campus in Rehovot. Weizmann Institute has a number of shared projects with Yale and is considered a key strategic partner. Of course, in addition to the alumni exchanges, we will have opportunities for sightseeing while in this fascinating part of the world. At least one evening we will have a reception and dinner with local Yale alumni.
One day of the program will be devoted to the exquisite city of Haifa and visiting the world renowned Technion to work with their alumni as well as the alumni of the University of Haifa. A special treat will include lunchtime entertainment by the Yemin Orde choir. Yemin Orde Youth Village is home, school, and haven to more than 500 children from broken families or orphans from 20 countries. On the way back to Tel Aviv we will stop in the ancient sea-side town of Caesarea for dinner.
The next day we will travel to Ben Gurion University in the Negev to engage in a morning exchange. We will make our way to Jerusalem – the City of Gold – in the early afternoon so we have time to check into our hotel and to visit the Old City on the day we arrive. You’re going to fall in love with Jerusalem, if you haven’t visited there before, or even if you have.
Our primary partner in Jerusalem is Hebrew University, often ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 60 in the world. We will have an exchange at Hebrew University and visit the Mt. Scopus campus. After an opportunity for additional sightseeing in the afternoon, we will have our final dinner together at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the Dead Sea.
After a last day of sightseeing on Saturday, February 25th, you’re invited to join us on the extension, or schedule your flight home.
This is a family friendly undertaking and we are taking advantage of every opportunity for this to be cost-effective for you. At the present time we anticipate the per person cost of the primary on-land program to be $2,000 per person (double occupancy).
Please join us in taking advantage of this remarkable YaleGALE experience.
Marv Berenblum, Producer, YaleGALE in Israel
Mark Dollhopf, Executive Director, Yale Alumni Association
Kathy Edersheim, Chairperson, YaleGALE