Chavura CHAI: A South American Training Event and Beyond

February 16-17, 2011

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Ariel Lifac writes in eJewish Philanthropy about the 18th Meeting of Latin American Jewish Educators – this year called Chavura CHAI -  which was held in BAMÁ – “Home of the Jewish Educator” in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 16 and 17, 2011. More than 800 educators (teachers, professors and headmasters of all educational levels) from Jewish schools of Buenos Aires, the provinces of the country and abroad – Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile and Peru – participated in this event, which celebrated the continuity of the educational task that BAMÁ has been developing for the last 10 years.


The central focus for the Chavura CHAI was “Languages, Culture and Identity”, under which a broad range of workshops were offered to the Jewish studies educators from various educational levels. The courses were conducted by well-known specialists from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Israel.


The event also offered three important programs developed by BAMÁ:


Morei Morim Lehoraat Hashoá, a program to train and coach educators from the formal and non-formal areas to become Morei Morim, teachers of teachers in Hebrew, for Holocaust Education

MIRKAM, a virtual training program for educators from the provinces to train non-formal and supplementary education professors in Judaic studies and to create networks of professionals that support the educational processes in the Argentine provinces.


CHAIL, Chinuch Yehudí Latfutzot, devoted to promoting the development and strengthening of Jewish and Zionist education in secondary schools across the Diaspora.


BAMA (Beit Hamechanech Hayehudi) is a local community organization, founded by the Jewish Agency in Buenos Aires, that provides professional education services to every community institution that shares its mission as regards Jewish Zionist education without differentiating among denominations, the educational methodologies used in their activities (formal and non-formal) and their geographic location.

Updated: Feb. 28, 2011