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Hundreds of young Jewish adults from across the country are expected to re-imagine, create, and host Passover Seders with friends with help from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel. To host, Birthright Israel alumni register with NEXT up until April 14th to receive resources and a small stipend designed to empower them to host personally meaningful and unique Seders. Since 2011, more than 1,000 NEXT Passover Seders have been hosted for thousands of young Jewish adults.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2014
A cohort of professionals from around the Ohio River Valley will begin a yearlong initiative, the NEXTwork Hub, to help them better engage Birthright Israel alumni and their peers throughout the region in Jewish life. Designed by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, with funding from the Covenant Foundation, the NEXTwork Hub kicks off March 10, 2014 and will build a network of professionals in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, Dayton and Lexington to learn new skills, build their professional capacity, and enhance their Jewish knowledge.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows provides exceptional Jewish college graduates with the opportunity to address Israel’s educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities on a 10-month English teaching, service-learning program. Following an initial training period, Fellows live in small groups and teach for a minimum of 25 hours a week in schools. Fellows choose or design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, ulpan (Hebrew lessons), host families, trips, and other enrichment activities are provided throughout their time in Israel.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2014
On a recent ten-day Tikvah Ramah Israel trip, twelve participants with disabilities, ages 18-40, were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime visit to a 1,000-soldier army base. Admittedly, other tour groups visit army bases; our group spent three hours at the MAZI/Bar-Lev base near Kiryat Milachi, where soldiers – in full uniform – with Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual disabilities are “just soldiers.”
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
The Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew College announced the establishment of Hevruta, a unique gap-year program in Israel for 20 North American and 20 Israeli high school graduates designed to build a new generation of leadership built on a new narrative of Israel-World Jewry relations, commencing in September, 2014.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014
I had to finally write this article to address what I believe is a significant problem with Israel trips not only today but going back several decades since educational tourism became popular. From synagogue and organization missions to Masa programs, and from high school trips to Birthright, we do a horrendous job of exposing Diaspora Jews to Tel Aviv and everything it stands for: modern Israel, the “start-up nation”, religious pluralism, and Jewish peoplehood.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014
The Cohen Camps in New England are piloting an innovative approach this year, one with the potential to provide a solution that enhances the lives of our staff and our campers alike. It’s a program we’re calling Dor L’Dor: College Style, and we see it as an approach that could work for many camps. It allows our counselors to have the best of both worlds: an internship in Israel and a chance to work at the Jewish summer camp they love.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2014
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future recently announced that its “Counterpoint Israel” winter break program, a 10-day mission that aims to empower Israeli teens from low socio-economic backgrounds, has doubled in size with the addition of four new “Winter Camps” in Kiryat Gat and the expansion of the existing program in Kiryat Malachi.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
The Israel Tech Challenge, three years in the making, is taking place this week, with 25 of the best Jewish college students in the world (chosen from some 500 applicants) in Israel for an intense insider look at how the Start-Up Nation does its magic. The Challenge — a cooperative effort between The Jewish Agency, the Government of Israel, and private investors — is designed to connect top students from the diaspora with tools and networks to enrich their careers in the hi-tech industry, and to develop connections with the Israeli high-tech industry.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014
Beginning in the fall of 2013, twenty exceptional Chicago teens embarked on an exciting fifteen-month journey along with their peers from JUF's Partnership 2Gether region in Israel—Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir. Diller empowers participants to be active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity and a respect for pluralism.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2013