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For over 14 years, Beth Hatefutsoth has been engaging tens of thousands of students from all over the world in Jewish heritage through the annual 'My Family Story International Competition'. In this competition, middle school students research and present their family stories and thereby explore their collective Jewish history. In the 2009 competition, more than 20,000 students from different countries around the world participated presenting projects in their own languages.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2009
Havaya International is a 5 week long opportunity to travel like a local in both Israel and across the United States, while making a positive difference in our global village. Made up of eighteen American teens and eighteen Israeli teens, going into 10th-12th grade, Havayaniks will spend two and a half weeks traveling throughout Israel with local Israelis from the 92nd Street Y's sister city in Ramat Hasharon and two and a half weeks in the U.S. getting the opportunity to share their lives with their Israeli counterparts.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2009
Leadel.NET is a unique social change video portal and network, aimed at Jewish students and professionals across the globe. The primary aim of the project is to create an online Jewish media hub with a focus on creating a link between the leaders of today and the innovators of tomorrow. Launched in September 2008, Leadel already contains a unique gallery of interviews with a wide range of leading personalities, giving a truly new perspective of Jewish culture, thought and identity around the world.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009
Spirituality Amid Dogma? Some Approaches to Educating for Religious Belief within a State Religious School in Israel
In the religious school, where young people are brought into religious life and practice, the development of a religious belief system is often neglected. Religiousness is often instilled as a linear end product, a monolithic corpus of ideas to be singularly transmitted and subsequently owned by youth. This article, based on three years of ethnographic research, looks at the way in which four teachers from one religious girls' high school in Israel executed theological education. The dynamic between teachers' voices and students' voices sheds light on adolescent religious identity, and offers vital insights for religious education.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
In Back to School, authors Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor argue that the Jewish day school serves as an unconventional site for creating religious meaning in new ways by bringing adults and children together for education, meeting, study, and worship-like ceremonies. They suggest that day school functions as a locus of Jewish identity akin to the Jewish streets or neighborhoods that existed in many major North American cities in the first half of the twentieth century.
Updated: May. 18, 2009
The author analyzes data from previous studies and surveys to examine the cost of living fully in the Jewish milieu in the United States in 2002, including the costs of synagogue affiliation, intensive Jewish education, camps, Federation and other Jewish charitable donations, and memberships in Jewish Community Centers and Jewish communal organizations, among others.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009
The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry. The Data Bank’s primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and provide information about methods for studying Jewish communities. Its goal is to aid in understanding North American Jewish communities, and to improve the quality and utilization of research conducted about North American Jewry.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2009
Four researchers introduce us to four ways of thinking about Jewish identity and its relation to Jewish education. Each of them suggests a metaphor (Charme , the double helix; Hyman, a movie camera) or a model (Kress, multiple identities; Horowitz, journeys) to help us think about what we mean when we say “Jewish identity.”
Updated: Oct. 04, 2008
A JTA Central European correspondent and his family join 80 Hungarian Jewish families for five days of Jewish retreat and activity at the famed Szarvas camp in southeastern Hungary. There, they strengthen their ties to the Jewish people and build their Jewish identity.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2008
The “Masa el Hadrasha” sixth grade curriculum (in Hebrew) is applied in 250 sixth grade classes across Israel. The students embark on a journey on which they encounter their family's story, passing rites, their own identity and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah torah reading. Using all of these elements, they write their own Drasha (sermon) which they deliver at an impressive class-family ceremony.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2008