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When the two of us from Prozdor of Hebrew College and the Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps got together in the fall of 2013 to brainstorm a new collaboration to help teach the Cohen Camps’ Dor L’Dor Leadership program participants about leadership and Israel, we immediately arrived at a proposal to try something that had never been done before – a blended learning course on those very topics. Combining online learning with the experiential components of Israel and the Counselor-In-Training program at camp, our idea would also feature in-person sessions at the camps in late summer. We believed that by offering this course, and a Hebrew College credential to the students who completed it, we would motivate the participants to enroll in the class to get an extra leg up in their applications to college. This partnership enhances the already transformative experiences of camp and Israel by extending the learning and impact beyond the two months of camp and validating the experience through Hebrew College’s certification.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2015
Applications are being accepted for the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, taking place at Brandeis University June 14 - 26 and in Israel June 27-July 6, 2016. Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences who plan to teach a course on modern Israel are eligible to apply. The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained 250 college and university faculty members to develop courses in Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, film, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. Applications are due January 20, 2016.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2015
A privately funded organization has taken on the challenge of preventing Jewish identity from eroding among assimilated US Jews, by providing subsidized trips for interfaith couples to explore their Jewish roots in Israel. The Honeymoon Israel organization brings married couples in which at least one spouse is Jewish to Israel, for a tour during which participants get to sample everything from local food to ancient Jewish religious sites. During the nine-day tours the couples are taken to Jewish religious sites, given presentations on Jewish and Zionist history, and encouraged to sample the local cuisine, for an experience reminiscent of those provided by the popular Birthright visit to Israel for those 18-26 years of age.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
Two years ago, our team at Rosov Consulting had an opportunity to evaluate the impact of Israel trips of 8th grade day school students. While working with Jack Wertheimer on behalf of the AVI CHAI Foundation on the Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day School project, we were approached by the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Agency recognized that many of the two thousand 8th grade students who were participating in the AVI CHAI study, and had already completed a student survey, would soon participate in school trips to Israel. They proposed a follow-up study with a sample of students after their return. This study would make it possible to explore a question that until then had not been researched: if and how middle-school students’ self-understanding and their connections to Israel are changed by participating in short-term educational programs in Israel. What we learned from the study of the participating schools can be useful to all schools that run such programs. Indeed, the study models what learning can be set in motion by evaluation work in general.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a 10-month fellowship for college graduates aged 21 to 30—and it's your path to the experience of a lifetime. Boost your resume by developing leadership skills and gaining international experience. Immerse yourself in Israeli society and become an integral member of the city in which you live, teach and volunteer. The cost? Just $1,000 covers your flight, housing, monthly cash stipend and amenities. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a partnership of Masa Israel Journey, Israel’s Ministry of Education, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Created to address the achievement gap in Israel’s public education system, the program invites talented, English-speaking college graduates to Israel as English teachers’ aides. It’s a challenging, rewarding experience for our Teaching Fellows, and a vital investment in Israel’s future.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
Tikkun olam, the Jewish value of “repairing the world,” is a dynamic daily reality in Israel. If you’re planning a visit and want to see tikkun olam in action, the choices are plentiful. Tourists more and more are looking to experience Israel and not just see it. Outings that highlight values that are expressed in Israeli society and that include encounters with the people of Israel are the experiences that are most meaningful. This is what tourists will keep with them long after their trip is over.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2015
August 5, 2015 marks the end of the 2015 Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship Program, a two-month internship program for American and Canadian college students that aims to build lasting relationships for the participants with Israel. The program is a branch of Taglit-Birthright, which sponsors free educational 10-day trips to Israel. The fellowship program – called Birthright Excel – is designed for sophomores, juniors and seniors in American and Canadian universities who want internships in the business and technology sectors.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2015
Seventy young teachers from across North America are working with 2,500 underprivileged Israeli elementary school students to boost the students’ English skills. Meanwhile, the visiting teachers are getting a rare look behind the headlines of Israeli life. It’s all part of a novel immersive educational experience called TALMA, the Israel Program for Excellence in English, an English-immersion program for Israeli elementary schoolchildren. Operating for three weeks in July, TALMA provides a meaningful opportunity for schoolchildren who often do not have worthwhile and affordable educational options during the two-month summer vacation. In the long run, these students can leverage their enhanced English not only to bolster their educational achievement in high school and university, but also to land better jobs in the global economy.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
If thousands of today’s Jewish students had experienced Israel before coming to campus, college life would be very different. With Israel travel in teen years, more will check out Shabbat meals, Jewish studies and other campus-based Jewish growth experiences. They’ll also know how to begin to respond to the numerous challenges to Israel engagement they’ll experience. The teen Israel experience can bend the trend lines, dramatically increasing the numbers involved in Jewish life on campus and beyond. The time to provide low-cost teen trips to Israel is now. The time to invest in more types of quality teen Israel trips, and advocating that every Jewish teenager celebrates this milestone event in their life journey has arrived. As a community, we haven’t done all that well preparing our children for freshmen orientation this fall. Let’s do better for their siblings in 2016.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
MOFET International Jewish Leadership Seminars: History, Memory and Heritage in the Jewish Peoplehood Discourse
Dr. Tova Perlmutter, lecturer and pedagogical tutor in Jewish History at Levinsky Teachers College and staff member of MOFET International's Jewish Teacher Educator Community, shares the rationale and approach of the MOFET Jewish Leadership Seminars in Israel. Every year tens of educators and educational administrators participate in seminars lead by Tova, enriching their professional & personal identities and skills.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2015