Friday, 4 September 2015

Model Knesset in Sao Paulo, Brazil

via Twitter/@shemeshmicha

Sao Paulo, Brazil will be the location of an upcoming “Model Knesset” event on Sept. 6-7, hosted by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

According to JTA, the event will feature two days of mock votes and discussions meant to resemble the Israeli Knesset. 120 Jews and non-Jews are to simulate the work of the parliament in Jerusalem.

The exercise is meant to “get to know the complexities of social, religious, diplomatic and cultural issues in the State of Israel and the Middle East” and “experience the atmosphere in which decisions are taken” in the Jewish state.

Representatives will include Israeli Russians, Ethiopians, Haredi Orthodox Jews and secular Jews under age 26. Non-Jewish participants will consist of Arabs, Druze and Bedouins, according to a statement from CONIB, the umbrella group of Brazil’s Jewish communities.

Despite having volunteers of various backgrounds, no one will be able to choose which party they represent but instead priority in the selection process will go to those who register first.