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As more Jewish organizations work to engage individuals, particularly young adults, in innovative ways, a new toolkit – We Plant Seeds: A How-to Guide for Effective Jewish Service-learning Programs – offers a range of activities for meaningful, effective, and authentic volunteer service experiences proven to attract and retain those audiences. Produced by Repair the World and Avodah, the toolkit’s activities draw on the organizations’ many years of leadership in Jewish service learning and represent best practices in deepening the experience and impact of participants. The toolkit release comes on the heels of a new report, Building Jewish Community through Service, which shows the increasing numbers of young adults engaging in Jewish life through service.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
Fifty years ago, an Akron business couple made the decision to start a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their nephew Joe Kanfer’s family. To mark this jubilee, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah is launching a prize competition to identify and recognize programs that help individuals and organizations access and apply Jewish wisdom in ways that enable them to live better lives and shape a better world. Two first prizes of $18,000 will be awarded, recognizing one program of national or international scope and one program that operates locally or regionally. Two additional programs in each category will be selected for Honorable Mention and will receive $6,000 each. The Awards will be presented this November at a ceremony in New York, and all finalists and semi-finalists will be profiled in an online portfolio.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2016
Yeshiva Lab School, an educationally progressive Modern Orthodox elementary school serving the Lower Merion, PA Jewish community, announced today that due to overwhelming interest in its innovative pedagogy and distinctively Modern Orthodox and Zionist philosophy, it will open a middle school for the 2017- 2018 academic year. According to YLS Principal, Mrs. Becky Troodler, YLS Middle School will deliver the same highly individualized, skills-based approach to student learning for which its elementary school has already become known. Like the elementary school, the middle school will embrace multi-age learning environments and attention to pre-assessments followed by small group, collaborative and independent work tailored to each student’s needs and abilities. Parents can also expect to see an emphasis on creativity and critical thinking. “All too often, kids enter elementary school filled with creative and out-of-the-box ideas only to graduate with almost no trace of that sort of thinking still intact,” notes Troodler. “Yet, these abilities are the most valued by the 21st century world to which our children are headed.”
Updated: Jun. 08, 2016
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
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
SAP and Beit Issie Shapiro Introduce IssieBoard – An Adaptive iPad Keyboard for People with Disabilities
SAP Laboratories in Israel and The Beit Issie Shapiro Technology Consulting Center have developed IssieBoard – a new adaptive Hebrew keyboard app for children and adults with disabilities. Designed for the iOS operating system, IssieBoard will allow people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, developmental and intellectual disabilities to use all functions of a virtual iPad keyboard in Hebrew. The IssieBoard app is available for free download on the App Store.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow yesterday hosted its annual candle lighting ceremony honoring the millions who died in the Holocaust with the opening of a new interactive center, “The War and the Holocaust: Thoughts on the Past and the Future.” The opening was timed for January 27, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center pays special attention to remembrance of the victims of the Nazis’ unprecedented crimes against humanity, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the personal stories of its witnesses. One of the museum’s main events is the annual lighting of memorial candles in memory of the millions of the dead, made even more special this year with the opening of the new interactive center.
Updated: Feb. 03, 2016
Limmud Conference, the global network’s flagship Jewish learning festival, is celebrating 35 years in a new location to accommodate record-breaking registration. More than 2700 participants, hailing from 28 countries will converge on Birmingham, two hours north of London, from 27-31 December 2015. The smorgasbord of sessions – over 1,100 in all – includes films, panels, and performances by Cockney Yiddish band Kat’shanes, and comedian Benji Lovitt, among others. In addition to Limmud Chavruta, Daf Yomi, and Bible scholarship, sessions will examine “Contemporary Anti-Semitism – How real is the threat?,” “The Vodkas of Eastern Europe, ” and “From Skyfall to Spectre – the new James Bond Midrash.”
Updated: Dec. 30, 2015
In the first of a series of research reports, the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago looks at the rising trend in families forgoing congregational education and/or membership while preparing and conducting their own bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies for their children. “CFJE Reports: A Closer Look at Independent B’nai Mitzvah in the Chicagoland Area” authored by Abigail Pickus, provides a snapshot of this trend, offering a glimpse inside the motivations of families who undertake this process, the tutors and clergy who assist them, and the synagogue professionals who struggle with the loss of these families to the congregational community.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2015
Announcing The Global Day of Jewish Learning’s 24×24 – Luminaries of Jewish Learning LIVE from Around the Globe
The Global Day of Jewish Learning is thrilled to announce the speakers and schedule for this year’s 24×24, our live webcast series on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Learn with authors, scholars, artists, and rabbis from around the world. This year’s theme of Love: Devotion, Desire and Deception will be examined through the lenses of Jewish texts and Jewish art. 24×24 is presented with participation from partner organizations such as Hillel International, URJ, and AJWS in the USA, and with international partners Akadem and the Universidad Hebraica, Mexico.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015