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As the newest cohort of Birthright Israel Fellows convenes this week in San Diego, the program continues to evolve as it seeks to raise the overall level and quality of the Birthright Israel trip experience. To help affect this change, Birthright Israel has hired a full-time Director of the Birthright Israel Fellows program to engage with the nearly 400 current fellows, as well as the continually growing cadre of specially-trained Birthright Israel staff that will participate in the program in the coming years. During the four-day seminar in San Diego, run in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education, the latest cohort will learn from experts in Jewish, Israel, and experiential education. The participants will begin staffing trips this summer.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2016
Negotiating Critical Analysis and Collective Belonging: Jewish American Students Write the History of Israel
American Jews, particularly those who are highly engaged in Jewish communal life, learn many stories about Israel’s past. They learn the story of Israel as the culmination of a heroic two thousand year struggle and about the waves of immigrants who came to the Holy Land with nothing and made the desert bloom. But when these stories are subjected to critical scrutiny, they may fail to hold up. This study analyzed 438 short narratives of the history of Israel written by Jewish American high school students attending Jewish day schools.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs launched an expanded initiative today to provide 5,600 women from 26 countries with eight-day trips to Israel that will inspire them as family and community leaders to make a greater impact. The ministry and JRWP unveiled the $12.5 million global expansion of the JWRP’s Momentum Israel experiences for women at a ceremony during the AIPAC annual policy conference.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
The most important questions for students to consider as a part of Israel education are not factual questions, but contested, debatable, and open-ended ones: What is Zionism? How can Judaism be enacted in the realpolitik, and how (if at all) should Judaism influence political and military decision making? Why is there a conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and what might it take to make steps towards a peaceful resolution? What responsibilities does the Jewish State have for Jews outside its borders and non-Jews under its rule? What responsibilities do Jews outside of Israel have to Israel and its citizens? These are not questions that can be answered in an Israel quiz bowl or on a multiple choice Israel literacy test. They have been answered differently in different times and places, and by those with different political and religious beliefs today. It is the very multiplicity of answers that make up the rich tapestry of true Israel literacy.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2016
FreeSpirit is a therapeutic-educational program in Israel for leadership development and self-actualization, specifically geared toward international youth. The program is 8-10 weeks long and accepts youth who are experiencing personal, social, or behavioral difficulties, in various levels of risk, distress or crisis. The program is hosted at Kibbutz Hazorea, where participants are able to connect with its community life and benefit from its local community services. Registration is now open for two 8 week programs in April and June 2016 and a ten week program with high-school academic credits in October 2016.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016
Birthright is an amazing, eye-opening adventure. What is also true, is that a well-designed extension program which gives participants time to reflect on their initial tour, deepening their connection to Jewish spirituality and community, will result in an even greater impact. After all the effort and resources invested in bringing the participants to Israel, it is worth our while to ensure that the experience is maximized. After being one of the original Birthright trip providers for the first nine years, Livnot U’Lehibanot began offering extension programs instead. These programs have run for the past six years, without a major sponsor, due to the determination of a team of dedicated educators and staff, with support from alumni and long-time friends of Livnot. We are grateful that the Jim Joseph Foundation has now awarded a grant to help support our one-week Northern Exposure extension, which enriches the Birthright experience.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered how to return. The Masa Israel Journey will provide his path. Powers and about a dozen American college players will be part of the group’s five-month, baseball-themed program launching in January. Israel’s baseball czar figures their expertise will do wonders for a sport that is growing in popularity, but remains a niche sport in a country where soccer and basketball reign.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2015
When the two of us from Prozdor of Hebrew College and the Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps got together in the fall of 2013 to brainstorm a new collaboration to help teach the Cohen Camps’ Dor L’Dor Leadership program participants about leadership and Israel, we immediately arrived at a proposal to try something that had never been done before – a blended learning course on those very topics. Combining online learning with the experiential components of Israel and the Counselor-In-Training program at camp, our idea would also feature in-person sessions at the camps in late summer. We believed that by offering this course, and a Hebrew College credential to the students who completed it, we would motivate the participants to enroll in the class to get an extra leg up in their applications to college. This partnership enhances the already transformative experiences of camp and Israel by extending the learning and impact beyond the two months of camp and validating the experience through Hebrew College’s certification.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2015
Global Citizenship Education In Context: Teacher Perceptions at an International School and a Local Israeli School
We apply semi-structured interviews to conceptualise perceptions of global citizenship among teachers at an international school and teachers at a local public school in Israel, revealing discrepancies between theory and practice in global citizenship education (GCE). We find that teachers perceive global citizenship differently along three major axes: boundaries of global citizenship, practical aspects of GCE, and through the effect of Israel’s context.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2015
Applications are being accepted for the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, taking place at Brandeis University June 14 - 26 and in Israel June 27-July 6, 2016. Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences who plan to teach a course on modern Israel are eligible to apply. The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained 250 college and university faculty members to develop courses in Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, film, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. Applications are due January 20, 2016.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2015