Hans Ruijs and Adriaan Bekman came to Israel to join me and we have participated in several activities. In this week there were two days of Master class for consultants and one day of horizontal leadership for school managers. We have started the Israel master classes for consultants. We had 14 participants from a various background. After the two days we had the feeling that it was a promising beginning for the program and also a potential for the IMO-Israel group. In February 2016 we will have the next two-day workshop.
Another program which started this week was Horizontal Leadership in educational organizations. From many Waldorf schools in Israel participants came and enjoyed the lectures and the exercises. I feel that the meeting of Waldorf movement in Israel with the IMO impulse is just in the right time. In February 2016 we will have the next workshop, 2nd day of the 3 days program.
We had two sessions at a client, a Waldorf school in Ramat-Gan. We've met the college of teachers and did few exercises. Later we met the management, 7 people, and worked with their questions.
We had a Meeting with Boaz Tamir, the founder of Israel Lean Enterprise (ILE) which is a part of the LEAN global network(LGN) founded by James Womack.
Adriaan and me had a trip to the south part of Israel. We have visited the grave of David Ben Guryon, who was the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel. He then moved to Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev desert, where he lived until his death, and there is also his grave.
Later we travelled to Makhtesh Ramon, Ramon Crater, which is a geological feature of Israel's Negev desert, Located at the peak of Mount Negev. We continued to Ein Gedi, a Kibbutz in a nature reserve in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves.
Hans and me were in the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and on Saturday Hans, my son Michael (20) and myself were in a football game in Jaffa, Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Bnei Sakhnin. Sakhnin is an Arabic city in Israel's North District.
Although it was a week with a lot of tension, the atmosphere in the stadium between Arabs and Jews was very good. The result was not so good since Sakhnin group won 4-0 and my son Michael was disappointed.
Regarding the tension, For the country and the people it was not an easy week but all the activities went on without any problems. Hooping to quiet times soon.
Ronen Hahn, Ramat-Gan, Israel.