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The tough financial situation is making it more difficult to send kids to Jewish camps this summer. The economy is taking its toll on Jewish camping in the form of lower enrollment, later registration and later payment. Although many parents see the Jewish camp experience as an important factor in forming their children's Jewish identity, they are finding it difficult to afford it this summer.
Updated: May. 20, 2009
A new Jewish community center was dedicated on May 12, 2009, in the central Ukrainian industrial city of Kryvoy Rog. The new JCC offers facilities for welfare support, Jewish education and community life, including a computer center, concert hall and space for communal festival celebrations. The Britain-based World Jewish Relief donated funding for the JCC.
Updated: May. 20, 2009
Canfei Nesharim is accepting applications from synagogues to join their 2009-10 Synagogues Pilot, the second phase of the Synagogue Pilot, to run Torah-based environmental programs in their communities. The participating synagogues will carry out a full year-long series of programs on the environment related to themes in the Jewish year, designed by Canfei Nesharim and implemented in seven synagogues around the US during this year's first phase of the pilot.
Updated: May. 18, 2009
This spring, BBYO will be admitting 10 to 12 professionals into its Professional Development Institute (PDI), a three year program where, in addition to doing leadership development work with Jewish teens in one of many communities across the country, participants will receive an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
This issue of 614 HBI eZINE examines the Bat Mitzva ceremony. Is it an important rite of passage into a Jewish life or a staged, pressured or even forced and uncomfortable event? The editors asked: What would it take to create a ceremony with meaningful rituals that left girls feeling truly connected to Judaism? This issue presents some of the solutions, opinions, and stories rounded up to spark the conversation.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
The Jewish National Fund has dedicated the largest indoor playground in Israel in Sderot on Purim, 2009. The 21,000 square-foot state of the art rocket-proof Indoor Recreational Center provides Sderot’s youth with a place to have fun, connect with friends, enjoy stimulating classes, and be children, safe from Kassam rockets fired from the Gaza strip.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2009
On March 27-29, 2009 the Jewish National Fund will mark the second annual JNF GoNeutral Shabbat. Synagogues, schools and communities across the USA will be celebrating Shabbat in an eco-friendly way, learning about the connection between Judaism, Israel and the environment. Schools, synagogues and communities who register for the event will receive a JNF GoNeutral Kit with resources to help them plan and experience the event.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2009
SciTech is a well established science and technology research camp organized and hosted each summer by the Center for Pre-University Education at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The 3 week program for gifted high school students combines scientific research with a program of cultural and social activities.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2009
The first 2,500 Maryland teens who sign up at JVibe, the national Jewish teen magazine, will receive a free three year subscription to the bi-monthly publication. They will join Jewish teens from around the USA who receive the magazine for free thanks to the efforts of generous donors.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2009
A new publication by JESNA's Center for Excellence in Education is the first effort to gather systematic information about programs and models that extend beyond the 'traditional' Complementary School model. The compendium focuses on 32 programs that exhibit substantial change in terms of time when the program meets, physical space, content or curriculum, teaching methodology, educator, auspices or sponsorship of the program, and the learners.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009