A collection of Tinseltown types recently descended upon Israel to learn about the many challenges facing a Jewish state located in a very tough ‘hood.
Among the members of the Creative Coalition delegation – an L.A.-based group that aims to educate members of the entertainment biz—were actors Patricia Arquette, Matthew Modine, Alfre Woodard, Griffin Dunne, Andrea Bowen, Joe Pantoliano, Rob Morrow, Richard Schiff, Kaycee Stroh, Giancarlo Esposito and Stephen Baldwin. The delegation met with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers and counterparts in the arts, business and culture.
The visit was coordinated with the American Israel Education Foundation. Among those they met with were Israeli President Shimon Peres and representatives from the prime minister’s office.
The trip included a visit to Hadassah Medical Center, the beleaguered town of Sderot, and an immigrant absorption center just outside Jerusalem. “I’m grateful to witness [Israel] firsthand and bring those stories back to America,” Schiff said.