Beyond the Classroom
Sofaer’s small class sizes and conducive atmosphere allow students to develop strong friendships and professional relationships with their classmates. To enhance the students’ experience and promote group cohesion, Sofaer’s Manager of Student Affairs promotes and directs cultural and social activities throughout the year. The two main highlights are trips to Kibbutz Tuval during orientation week and to Mizpe Ramon after the winter semester break.
At the end of orientation week, Sofaer students participate in an experiential learning workshop at Kibbutz Tuval in the Galilee. The workshop is comprised of exercises, challenges and discussions. Students learn about personal and group skills and abilities and their effect on the organizational environment. The emphasis throughout the workshop is on the “here and now.” Activities are accompanied by an examination and exploration of the learnings arising from it.
All activities are offered on a “challenge by choice” basis. It is the responsibility of each participant to choose the level of activity and challenge that they take on, at a physical and an emotional level. After each activity, the experience is debriefed and conclusions are drawn with regard to personal and organizational experience. Part of the exercise at Tuval is a trust sequence – a range of activities designed to practice and raise the issue of trust at individual, group, and organizational levels.
This workshop is the students’ first group activity and it encourages students to form strong and significant bonds with fellow classmates. It also builds the group as a “learning organization” with the common goal of developing a solid interpersonal and group framework for the Program, bridging cultural diversity. The workshop at Tuval explores selected organizational issues such as work processes, trust, continuous improvement, system management, and management styles as an opener for the MBA Program.
The mid-year class trip to Mitzpe Ramon is an immersive experience that provides students with an up-close look at the startup scene in Southern Israel. Students have the opportunity to explore a one of a kind region of Israel and witness its culture of entrepreneurship and unique geography. This is a chance for students to explore the Israel that exists beyond the classroom and to strengthen the relationship of the cohort in a recreational setting.
Mitzpe Ramon is a town in the Negev (the desert) in Southern Israel. The town is known for its unique geography as it is situated on the northern ridge of the Ramon Crater. The trip is a great way to explore Israel outside of Tel Aviv and highlights include a jeep ride in the Ramon Crater, learning about entrepreneurship and innovation in the Negev, visiting a boutique winery and of course, eating delicious food.