On October 19th Gilad Skolnick, CAMERA’s Director of Campus Programming, visited George Mason University (GMU) where he met with leaders of the Israel Student Association, our EMET for Israel supported group on the campus.
During his visit there was an Israeli triva event organized with Hillel, in a nearby restaurant. About 25 birthright alumni from GMU, many from the birthright CAMERA bus, and students interested in the upcoming summer birthright trip, attended the event.
The trivia game was done with a program called, Kahoot.it, a game that allows large numbers of people to answer questions on their phone while both the question and answer choices are displayed using a projector or (in this case) a television. The students who chose the right answers to questions were awarded with Israeli chocolates and with specially assembled gift bags for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Each multiple choice question was used as an opportunity to bring up interesting points about Israel. For example a question asking the number of countries – in addition to Israel – there are in Asia that recognize gay marriage (the answer is zero) sparked a discussion on LGBTQ rights in Israel. Additionally, after a question about Israel’s national anthem, some students broke out into song, singing the parts of Hativka that they remembered from the trip.
The students and the Hillel staff had a great time at this event!