Saturday, March 19 at 7pm
Emily Bengels, a middle school Gifted Education teacher in Hunterdon County and member of Congregation Kehilat Shalom, was one of fourteen educators from the United States to be granted a TEACH fellowship (Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony) from the US Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce. She visited classrooms, industries and cultural sites in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Emily has also been fortunate to spend a summer teaching in Uruguay under a Fulbright EdSeminar and to take part in the Shoah Foundation’s “The Past is Present” trip on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. As a teacher, Emily uses her unique travel opportunities not only to teach cross-cultural understanding to her students. She also seeks to understand how cultural values are transmitted to students within the walls of the American school education experience itself. It is Emily’s belief and hope that this understanding can help bridge cultural gaps between students.
Please join us as she speaks of her experiences in the Middle East, shares photos and insights, and answers questions about the current status of everyday people in the Gulf Nations.