As part of their weekly Israel seminar, students of the Year-In-Israel Program met with the renowned Israeli author and scriptwriter Etgar Keret, who has been described as the "voice of Israeli youth." The students were joined by a dozen pupils from the prestigious L’Yad HaUniversita High School. Keret read several of his short stories, including one written recently and yet to be published. He spoke of his interest in finding a synergy between Israeli and Jewish writing, praising the authors Philip Roth and Sholom Aleichem. When asked if he saw himself as representing Israel, Keret responded saying that although some people perceive him as such, he does not assume the responsibility. "I am not paid to be an ambassador," he said. Israel Seminar is a weekly program that takes students out into Israeli society and facilitates their engagement with the land and people of Israel.