Campus Highlight | Resetting the Table
Last week students and staff participated in Hillel International's Resetting the Table. Resetting the Table (RTT) is an initiative that strives to build the capacity of American Jews to "talk, study, and deliberate together on Israel across differences in background and views. Through intensive training, skilled facilitation and institutional consultation, RTT aims to transform dominant norms of communication on Israel from avoidance and antagonism toward collaborative deliberation. A national initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Resetting the Table has no positional agenda. Rather, RTT seeks to build constructive and direct conversation on some of the most important and fraught issues facing the Jewish people."
While there, students and staffs worked together to create a poem that expressed their individual and collective relationship toward Israel and how they work to advocate and educate around Israel on campus. Below is their work:
Resetting the Table Closing - Penn State
Once upon a time…
A student started school at PSU.
He was just like me and you.
He was Jewish, he was cool .
But now he’s at a great big school.
Should I come to Hillel, should I go to Shabbat?
He asked himself quite a lot.
He went to Israel, the holy land.
He saw the ocean, he felt the sand.
Learned the history, talked to soldiers.
A weight was set on his shoulders.
Now he’s back in the USA
And there is so much he wants to say.
But who will listen, who will care?
He wants to talk, he wants to share.
He went to dinner with Hillel
To share the stories he’s eager to tell…
At Penn State we all realize
Not everyone views Israel through our eyes.
We hope to start meaningful talks
Pushing perspectives outside the box.
We want to understand where Penn State stands.
We want people’s differences to inspire our plans.
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