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In this exciting series, a collaboration between the National Library of Israel (NLI) and Israel Engagement at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, we offer a glimpse into the "alternative" Israeli calendar as a means to learn and reflect about the complexities of Israeli society. Throughout the series we will incorporate items from the NLI archive as well as contemporary sources that shed light on various cultural and social issues. In addition, for some of the meetings we will invite guest speakers such as NLI experts, Israeli authors or social activists.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2020
An ambitious new initiative will lower the cost of teen travel to Israel, aiming to help tens of thousands travel there each summer with expertly trained trip leaders, educators, and Israeli teens creating a transformational and meaningful experience. Led by The Jewish Education Project, the initiative, known as RootOne received a $20 million seed gift from The Marcus Foundation to provide major subsidies for trip participants while also investing in trip curricula and experiences, and providing deeper pre and post-trip engagement to strengthen participants’ Jewish identities and connections to Israel before they begin college.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2020
Masa Israel has reported a 40 percent increase in the number of students arriving for its gap year programs as compared to last year, despite the country’s high infection rate of COVID-19. According to a Monday report by the Wall Street Journal, Masa, a partially government-funded organization that oversees gap year programs, said that 5,000 participants, mostly from the United States, have already arrived on various programs and that another 2,000 are expected by the end of the year.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2020
Welcome to the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Research Guide which was designed it to help you explore the rich world of modern Israel Studies, from archives to artifacts, and everything in between. The guide includes recommended resources and tips for effective research. Whenever possible, we link to the English version of the resource. In many cases, these resources have more extensive content available in their Hebrew and/or Arabic versions. If you read those languages, we encourage you to use those interfaces.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2020
The Israeli government on Sunday approved what it said was the first-ever comprehensive plan geared toward securing the future of Diaspora Jewry, though few details about concrete measures to assist struggling communities outside of Israel were released. The outline of the program was presented to the cabinet by Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevitch, based on the findings of an advisory committee headed by Maxine Fassberg, a South Africa-born former senior Intel executive, and Moscow native Eugene Kandel, a Hebrew University professor and former senior economic adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2020
Unpacked for Educators, from OpenDor Media, is a rich set of teaching tools that explores the story of Israel and the Jewish people in all its complexity, intellectual depth and sophistication. Focused on students of middle school and high school age, our goal is to untangle challenging ideas and make key historical moments come alive. Through our website, videos, weekly newsletter, webinars and educational content, we provide formal, informal and experiential Jewish educators with the resources they need to show students that Judaism is as meaningful and relevant as ever.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2020
Over the past two decades, Birthright trips have been a virtual rite of passage for young Diaspora Jews. These free, 10-day tours of Israel continued even during periods of war and terror attacks. Sometimes, out of concern for the safety of participants, parts of the country would be deemed off-limits. And sometimes, the famous Birthright buses were more empty than full. But never in its 20-year history has Birthright been forced to suspend its trips. Until the coronavirus outbreak.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2020
You can help shape the future of Zionist education and get rewarded! Do you have an idea which you believe can strengthen the Jewish identity and / or connection to the State of Israel, designed for children and youth in the diaspora? Then we have something for you! Turn your innovative vision into action by submitting a proposal on how educators in the diaspora can implement new creative methods to enhance Jewish/Israel education.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2020
One of the most noticeable elements of the Covid-19 crisis is the nearly complete shutdown of international travel. All this affected basic Jewish activities: individual travel for family events and for business is impossible, educational travel programs to Israel and other Jewish sites were discontinued and all conferences, festivals and mass-gatherings were postposed or transferred to the internet. Jewish life has been dramatically disrupted and there is a threat that some forms of Jewish institutions will not be able to recover.
Updated: May. 11, 2020
How do Jewish educators navigate the multiple demands of their work in Israel education, especially when the target audience is young children? Sivan Zakai, a scholar and researcher of Israel education for young children, suggests three things when it comes to Israel education and early ages.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2020