If We Build It, They Will Come: A Case for Developing the Field of Jewish Service-Learning in Israel

Published: 
July, 18, 2012

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

 

Dyonna Ginsburg writes an article making the case that Israel presents an ideal platform for immersive Jewish service-learning programs, because Israel has genuine needs coupled with world-renowned expertise in areas of social justice and environmental import and, as a Jewish country, Israel is perfect for an integrated, Jewish conversation about justice.

 

She concludes her article:

 

" So why make a concerted effort to build the field of Jewish Service Learning in Israel? Because (1) Israel has genuine needs, which can be uniquely addressed by Jews from abroad; (2) Israel has world-renowned expertise in areas of social justice and environmental import, which can benefit both service-learning program participants and the world at large; and (3) Israel is a Jewish country, which makes it ideal for an integrated, Jewish conversation about justice. And because, if we shift our frame of reference and listen accordingly, young Jews may actually be telling us that this is precisely what they want."

 

Read the entire article at eJewish Philanthropy

Updated: Aug. 28, 2012
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