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Stanford University’s School of Education invites applications for a new doctoral concentration in Education and Jewish Studies. This unique interdisciplinary initiative is a special opportunity to create and enhance a nascent area of research that spans the social sciences, humanities, and education. We invite students who link theory and practice, who are methodologically and conceptually creative, and who are interested in contributing to the growing body of scholarship at the intersection of Education and Jewish Studies.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2011
First Accredited Online Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic Courses Offered by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and eTeacherGroup
Starting January 2010, the Hebrew University , in collaboration with eTeacher, has begun offering its very first accredited online Biblical languages courses to overseas students. The Biblical Hebrew online program, facilitated by eTeacher's Biblical Hebrew campus is now part of the Hebrew university accredited courses and is fully recognized by the faculty of humanities. In accordance with the University's academic requirements the program includes obligatory attendance, paper submissions and examinations and will award students 3 credit points.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2011
The Schusterman Visiting Artist Program has announced the names of 10 leading Israeli artists it will place in residencies at colleges and universities across the U.S. this fall and next spring. The artists – celebrated in a variety of disciplines, including filmmaking, choreography, music and literature – will spend two to four months presenting their work to audiences across North America through relevant programming, classes, exhibitions and performances.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2011
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) announced that its “Counterpoint Israel Program,” a month-long service-learning initiative that aims to empower the next generation of Israeli youth via an action-packed, Jewish values-driven summer camp experience, has been retooled to allow counselors to receive graduate level credits for their participation in the program. This new development makes Yeshiva University the world’s first institution to offer an accredited program for Jewish service-learning.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
Haaretz reports that the initiative for Centers for Research Excellence, known as I-Core, part of a multi-year program of the institutions of higher learning which will eventually include 30 research centers operating for five year stretches, is expected to lure back leading Israeli researchers from universities abroad. The overall budget for the centers stands at NIS 1.34 billion, which is on average NIS 45 million per research team. The funding is provided in equal shares by the Committee for Planning and Budgeting, the leading academic institutions, and contributions from various other bodies.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2011
Each summer, The David Project invites student leaders to learn about Israel at its Campus Fellows Seminars. Held at Boston University, these five-day seminars help students to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict and to make the case for Israel on their campuses. At the conferences, students work with David Project educators and campus coordinators to develop the knowledge, context and skills they need to be successful campus activists for Israel. Whether students come to the conference well-versed in Israeli history or are Israel novices, they leave feeling more confident standing up for Israel on their campus and talking to their peers about Israel.
Updated: May. 25, 2011
The Shalem Center in Jerusalem announced today that it has received a $12.5 million challenge grant from the Tikvah Fund to help establish Israel’s first liberal arts college. The grant, intended to galvanize other major philanthropists to support the launching of Shalem College, provides a one-to-one match for gifts that are received during the college’s first four years. Shalem’s application for accreditation from Israel’s Council for Higher Education is pending, and it is anticipated that the college will open in fall 2012.
Updated: May. 11, 2011
Matthew Vogel, Executive Director of Hillel at Baruch College in NYC, wrote in the ePhilanthropy newsletter about an international Hillel event where ' 24 students and six professional staff members from Baruch College, the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Israel, and the Kiev Hillel met in Ukraine to explore Jewish Peoplehood in a program called Kol Hillel. In addition to having seder with the Odessa Hillel and Shabbat with the Kiev Hillel, students also had the opportunity to visit Jewish communities in Zhitomer, Berdichev and Uman. The first seder however, was a particularly special moment for everyone involved. Participants were asked to bring their families traditions to our unified and self-led seder. We sang dayenu and whipped around scallions in the Persian tradition, we ate a Hillel sandwich with everything on the seder plate instead of just charoset and maror as in the Indian tradition and we sang and danced as one people in Hebrew, English and Russian.'
Updated: May. 11, 2011
A new report presented to the Israeli Council of Higher Education warns of a grim future in the field of Jewish philosophy studies, following a drastic decline in research funds and the number of faculty members in the field. While the global interest in Jewish thought has been surging, Israeli universities opt to invest funds in more lucrative departments. The report, authored by a committee headed by Prof. Daniel Dahlstrom of Boston University, was presented to the Israeli Council of Higher Education, which accepted its recommendations.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2011
The Jewish Agency for Israel sponsored a student conference for nearly 400 Taglit and Masa Israel alumni in Weimar, Germany, from November 25-28, 2010. The Jewish Agency for Israel 'Student Conference: From Herzl until Today' brought together German-speaking young adults from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl. The conference focused on modern Israel, its centrality in the Jewish world, and the global campaign to de-legitimize Israel.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2011