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This study sits at the nexus of American-based Israel education, supplementary education in congregational schools, and research on teachers and the beliefs that inform their practice. Focusing on four American-born teachers in two progressive congregational supplementary schools, the study employed three strategies to develop understandings about each teacher’s relationship with Israel: (1) life history, an examination of a teacher’s personal story, situating it within the social, political, cultural context in which the life story takes place; (2) intellectual biography, creating a record of what a teacher knows about an area of content or practice, how she came to know it, and how that shapes her current understanding of that content or practice; and (3) case studies. The blending of these strategies, along with the employment of multiple appropriate methodologies led to the creation of thick profiles of each informant.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2019
From the Mouths of Children: Widening the Scope and Shifting the Focus of Understanding the Relationships Between American Jews and Israel
This article makes two distinct yet interrelated arguments about the role of children in research on contemporary American Jews. The first is that children ought to be included in research about American Judaism. Second, the inclusion of children in research both widens the scope and shifts the focus of understanding American Jewish relationships to Israel. Children’s participation in research demonstrates how American Jews develop relationships with Israel over the course of a lifetime.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2019
At a time when the rift between many diaspora and Israeli Jews appears to be deepening, “the High School Twinning Program bridges the Israel-diaspora divide,” Isaac Herzog, the Jewish Agency’s chairman, told The Jewish Week. “It’s all the more important because it impacts participants during their formative years and lays the needed foundation for mutual understanding and lasting bonds”.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2019
To help more Jewish day schools infuse Israel into all aspects of school life and learning, The iCenter is welcoming eight new day schools across North America into the third cohort of its initiative, iNfuse: Israel in Jewish Day Schools. Each school will create a plan to make Israel education and experiences a deeper part of all aspects of school life, including classes such as science, the arts, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, all-school Israel engagement, and Israel travel.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2019
Applications are now available for a new Qushiyot Cohort for 2019-’20. Qushiyot is a 10-month network experience, offering an opportunity to connect with colleagues of diverse perspectives and partake in a range of learning opportunities to spur innovation. It is a comprehensive, open approach to Israel education that embraces the vibrant complexity of Israel.
Updated: May. 28, 2019
Seven Knesset tour guides will go to Jewish communities on three different continents next week to teach them about the Knesset and Israeli society. The program, called “Connecting to the Diaspora,” was planned in cooperation with the Jewish Agency in honor of 70 years of Israel and the Knesset, and will reach Manchester and Leeds in the UK; Vancouver, Canada; Toledo, Ohio; and other communities in those countries, as well as in Mexico and South Africa.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
The Leadership Project at Oranim College is a unique, month-long (June 30-July 28, 2019), academic summer program that offers students the opportunity to experience the real Israel, in all its complexity and nuance, while studying Israeli history, society and leadership with top professors. Academic credit is available. The Leadership Project is located in the beautiful, multi-cultural Galilee.
Updated: Mar. 13, 2019
Context Matters: Forming American Rabbinic Identity in Israel is an ethnographic investigation of thirty-eight American Reform and Conservative rabbinical students as they experience the Israel Year of rabbinic education, a defining feature of their training that distinguishes it from that of American seminarians of other faith traditions. This study analyzes rabbinic identity formation through the students’ interactions with six contexts: their own identity journeys, educational institutions, Israel as a place, Jewish time, civil time, and the people they encounter. The students engage with these contexts in the student role and as someone who is both an insider and an outsider.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2019
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) is a 10-month fellowship (August 21, 2019 - June 10, 2020) for Jewish college graduates, between the ages of 21 and 35, who want to mentor Israeli children, gain valuable teaching experience, and have a remarkable, immersive experience abroad. Fellows who select Ashdod as their host city will have access to even more benefits. We’ve paired up with Masa Israel Journey and Israel Outdoors NEXT to create a special MITF Jewish Camp Track.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2019
Not the Israel of My Elementary School: An Exploration of Jewish-Canadian Secondary Students' Attempts to Process Morally Complex Israeli Narratives
The following article presents data from a mixed-methods practitioner research study that focuses on understanding how Jewish secondary students learned about controversial topics in Israel's history and how these topics impacted their connection to the country.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2019