Traveling abroad provides an exchange of ideas, an exchange of traditions, and an exchange of cultures; it provides "a firsthand education that does not compare with any classroom," said student Janet Valencia. "We all come from many different places, but really there is more that is the same than different." To that end, the Glazer Institute funds student travel to Jewish communities in Israel and worldwide as part of the students' cultural, educational, and spiritual journeys at the undergraduate and the graduate levels.
The Brenden Mann Internship Program in Israel allows students representing every school at Pepperdine to delve deeper into the culture of Israel. Students leave their comfort zones and explore firsthand what life in a Jewish state is really like. Participants live in Israel for 10 weeks while interning for an Israeli organization that parallels their academic goals, career objectives, and personal interests.
While in Israel, students have the opportunity to visit sacred areas of spiritual pilgrimage and historical significance, while learning from experts in the fields of religion, history, and politics. When combined with on-campus educational activities, these experiences offer opportunities to expand and challenge preconceived notions of faith, Judaism, Israel, and interfaith relations.