By Meiron Avidan and Charley Katan
Over the course of Veida, we were exposed to wonderful netzernikim from all over the world. 15 sniffim were represented at this veida, ranging from the FSU and Panama to France and Brazil. Every day we would have presentations about each snif, which were a really valuable opportunity for us to learn more about our foreign counterparts. We had ma’amadim and services run by South Africa, Australia, Noar Telem and even us, your gals from RSY-Netzer. But, what good would a veida be without asephot? Our asephot covered many fascinating topics, ranging from Netzer’s ideology, social action, the introduction of a reform version of the Aleinu across all sniffim and an international madrichim seminar, to name a few. The asephot were productive and really crucial to the future of Netzer Olami, and it was a real pleasure to be part of the decision making process. Veida was a real ideological dream, and we are all looking forward to bringing all that we learned back to RSY, all the while marching along the path to happiness.
During Veidah the topic of education was refugees, we looked at the current problems that Israel is facing and also some of the issues that Europe is dealing with at the moment. We had a good balance of sitting in Beit Shmuel and listening to a lecture and going out and seeing the situation for ourselves. From looking at our own family refugee stories to the ones of people from West Africa trying to avoid persecution, we got a good understand of what it means to be a refugee. One of the highlights of the education for me was traveling to South Tel Aviv and visiting Bina (a centre where refugees are able to go and study), where we had a really interesting talk with a man who shared with us his journey of trying to reach freedom and safety, it was good to actually put a face to all of the stories that I have heard over the years and have the opportunity to ask questions. Until this week, I was unaware of the diversity of the refugees that are living in Israel, there is no, one language or culture and everyone has their own journey and story and the thing that ties refugees all around together is that they are just looking for help and support to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Overall veidah was a fantastic learning and social opportunity and we are grateful to have has the chance to go!