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The inaugural conference on the topic of “Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood” drew 250 people last week to Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv to discuss the theory and the practice of Jewish Peoplehood in the context of Israeli society. Organized by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education and Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People, the conference brought together educators and organizational leaders from a wide range of organizations, including government ministries.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2015
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), in partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), is broadening its outreach to Russian-speaking Jewish families in North America by bringing its PJ Library program to additional Russian-speaking Jewish communities. Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Montreal Federation CJA and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley are the first three PJ Library communities to be awarded this grant opportunity.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
For SEDER2015 - we have gathered an extraordinary group of scholars, universities, rabbis, artists, media outlets, activists, and Jewish leaders to embark on a several year journey to understand the importance of Passover - allowing the wisdom of this tradition to illuminate the current world we live in. With your help we will launch in mid March - and give you many tools; to bring new folks to the Seder table, deepen existing family traditions, and create one of if not the most extensive online resource for the Passover holiday.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2015
The typical Jew in a Western country today may be a highly educated professional, but is Jewishly only semi-literate. His (or her) Jewish education was from a Sunday school, or afternoon congregational school. Forgetting about the quality of that education, it is extremely limited in its intensity, and usually not much reinforced at home or by the suburban environment in which so many Jews live. Many Jews cannot read Hebrew at all; of those who can, many can sound out the words, but without comprehension. Is this “The People of the Book?” Is it any wonder, then, that with so much Jewish illiteracy, so many Jews feel estranged from Jewish life, and do not have a strong stake in raising Jewish children?
Updated: Feb. 12, 2015
Submissions are now being welcomed online for the Jerusalem Unity Prize in memory of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, z”l, whose tragic kidnapping and murder deeply moved Israeli society and Jews around the globe. The prize was conceived in partnership with the families of the three boys and Jerusalem-based organization Gesher as a way to perpetuate the spirit of unity which existed across Israel and around the world during the days following the boys’ kidnapping.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education in collaboration with Beit Hatfutsot is convening a conference on The Israelis and the Jewish People. The conference, to be held at Beit Hatfutsot on February 9th 2015, will address the Challenges of Peoplehood in Israeli Society – from Vision to Practice and is anticipated to attract 200 participants.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Many teens disconnect from Jewish life after their bar or bat mitzvah. Rather than expect an influx of teen involvement in current organizational offerings, Jewish Student Connection (JSC) counters this trend by bringing Jewish experiences to where teens are – their high schools. Unlike synagogues, where entire families must join, or youth groups with dues and inconvenient locations or meeting times, JSC weaves Jewish experiences into the regular lives of teens at their public high schools.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2015
This article sets up a dialogue between auto-referential (looking to self) and allo-referential (looking to the other) approaches to religious difference and applies these to education for inter religious understanding in Jewish schools. It begins by arguing that the multiculturalism of the 1980s and 1990s set up a duality of self and other, with the responsibility for looking to ‘the other’ (allo-reference) resting largely on the majority community and the licence to look to self (auto-reference) being given to minority communities. Within the Jewish community, multiculturalism supported and legitimated the development of an inward-looking Jewish identity-based education.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2015
Likrat — Leadership and Dialogue: Project for Jewish Teens — Forging Jewish Identity in Switzerland and Germany
This article introduces the Leadership and Dialogue project Likrat as a creative answer to the question of how Jewish adolescents between sixteen and eighteen years-of-age can gain a nuanced understanding of Jewish themes, expand their Jewish knowledge and strengthen their Jewish identity.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2014