My name is Lauren Cayle and I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today, students in our Israeli Politics course had the incredible opportunity to visit the President’s Residence, to tour and learn more about his role in government. Hearing about the past presidents and their achievements, as well as the current president, President Rivlin, was captivating and educational. One of the more interesting things we learned about the president is how he lives in a residential area. This enhances his relationship with the community and makes him more accessible to the people. This unique characteristic differs greatly from the President of the United States who is much more secluded from the people. The presidents in Israel strive to be a part of the community, and to be seen as an equal to the people, instead of acting as just a figurehead. The coolest part about today was that while we were there, they were preparing to film the 2020 Genesis Prize Ceremony. They had everything set up just as we would see it on TV, but it was in real life! I got to stand on the same stage, and at the same podium, and speak from the same microphone as the past and current presidents of Israel! Even the rainy weather of the day couldn’t stop the tour from being as great as it was. I can’t wait until lockdown is over to explore more of Israel through fun and informative field trips!