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The Holy Land With Russell Berger: Part 4 by Carey Peterson - CrossFit Journal

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September 18, 2014

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In January 2014, CrossFit hosted its first Level 1 Seminar in Israel. Seminar Staff member Russell Berger took the opportunity to spend an extra week traveling the country, visiting its affiliates and experiencing the culture. In this six-part series, explore the Holy Land with Berger and the local community.

In Part 4, Berger is at the Jordan River, which is sandwiched between two minefields and serves as the border between Jordan and Israel.

“This is cool. This is something that wasn’t open until pretty recently because of the conflict between Israel and Jordan,” Berger says. “Now people can just come stick their hands in the water. … This is the source of life for civilization for hundreds of years—it was this water.”

Berger discovers there’s an affiliate in Amman, Jordan: CrossFit QuickSand. He’s curious about the conflict between the two countries and how that affects the greater CrossFit community in the area. CrossFit Modiin owner Murry Zborowski says the area’s turbulent history definitely limits interaction between boxes on opposite sides of the border.

At Level 1 Certificate Course at CrossFit Modiin, Berger sees the value in hosting the seminar there.

“You can tell they needed this, they needed a Level 1 because they’re putting their hands up and they’re asking questions that, really, if they would just be patient and listen, they’re in the lecture,” he says, “but they’re just so eager to know. They’re so excited.”

Next up, Berger gets some media attention.

Video by Carey Peterson

12min 09sec

Additional reading: “Son of Anarchy?” by Pat Sherwood, published Oct. 21, 2013.

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1 Comment on “The Holy Land With Russell Berger: Part 4”

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Hi Mr. Burger.
I am Moti Mishan, Crossfit Gush owner and am most disappointed you did not come to visit us at the box.
As you've mentioned in the episode, we do live in the heart of the dispute, and could have shown you first hand how we coexist with our neighbors, and NO, I don't think you would have made a statement by coming to see us. On the contrary, you would have had the chance to see things for yourself... to see the pride we take in CrossFit and all things CrossFit.
You would have even heard of the exciting endeavor we initiated together with CrossFit Crescent from Jordan to have a local goodwill games with our Jordanian counterparts... exciting stuff believe me.
I appreciate you looking us up and hope I have the opportunity to host you some time, just to express my appreciation for the work you guys are doing around the world.
Yours Truly
Moti

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