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Experiential Learning and Values Education at a School Youth Camp: Maintaining Jewish Culture and Heritage
In our post-modern, globalised world, there is a risk of unique cultural heritages being lost. This loss contributes to the detriment of civilization, because individuals need to be rooted in their own specific identity in order to actively participate in community life. This article discusses a longitudinal case study of the efforts being made by Australian Jewish schools to maintain Jewish heritage through annual experiential religious education camps, coordinated in a programme called Counterpoint. The researchers’ aim was to analyse how a school youth camp can serve as a site for socialisation and education into a cultural and religious heritage through experiential learning and informal education.
Updated: Jan. 05, 2017
The Bronfman Fellowship is a fully-funded Fellowship available to outstanding Jewish students of all backgrounds who are in their junior year of high school. The program seeks intellectually curious and mature applicants with a strong character. The purpose of the Bronfman Fellowship is to invest in a cohort of bright young Jews who will be leaders of tomorrow in all areas of Jewish and public life.Included are an all-expense paid five-week (June 27 - August 3 2017), trip to Israel and two seminars in New York City where Fellows explore Jewish identity, Jewish ideas, and connect to other young Jews from both Israel and America. No Jewish educational background is required for eligibility. Fellows who are religiously observant as well as those only marginally affiliated with Judaism are selected. The Fellowships are awarded competitively to twenty-six individuals who will be entering twelfth grade in the fall of 2017. Fellowship awards are based on merit.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2016
Hillel Survey shows a Relationship between Exposure to Hillel and their Relationship to Jewish Life on Campus
Students’ interactions with their campus Hillels correlate to a significant increase in the students’ positive connections with Jewish life. This is the key finding of a survey conducted by Hillel International over the past two years as part of an ongoing effort by the organization to use hard data to improve student experiences. Hillel’s 2016 survey of more than 10,000 Jewish college students from across North America and the former Soviet Union found that students’ connection to Jewish life grows with each interaction. At least six interactions with Hillel programs and staff per year had the strongest result.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey is a year-long pilot program for Russian speaking parents and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged children customized for the needs of the Russian-speaking Jewish families. This year-long program offers its participants an immersive, multifaceted experience so children and parents can learn together about the history, significance, traditions, and rituals of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as main Jewish topics through a culturally sensitive lens and in the comfort of a like-minded community.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
This study, commissioned and funded by the Hertog Foundation, and conducted by a team of academic researchers, was undertaken to learn about Chabad on Campus International, an organization that seeks to enhance Jewish identity and practice among Jewish college students at almost 200 American college campuses. Campus centers are run by Orthodox married couples trained at rabbinical schools and seminaries run by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The study was designed to learn who comes to Chabad at college campuses, how Chabad works with undergraduate students, and what impact Chabad involvement during college has on the post-college lives of young Jewish adults.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
USCJ Announces USY Reorganization to Strengthen Its Member Congregations’ Capacity for Teen Engagement
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) announced today a reorganization of its youth movement, United Synagogue Youth (USY), to better achieve USY’s mission of helping kehillot (sacred communities) empower Jewish youth to develop leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish people, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in authentic Jewish values. Guided by USY’s mission and vision, a committee spent the past several months collecting feedback from more than 1,000 parents, chapter staff and current USYers to evaluate the organization’s current strategy, business process and structural design. The committee was led by professional and lay leaders and included congregants, rabbis, teens, alumni and youth professionals.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2016
Sometimes, as parents and educators we forget about the learning that takes place outside of the classroom. With all of the discussions currently going on about how to change what happens within the school building, we sometimes forget the valuable life lessons that can take place in the most unexpected locations and at the most unexpected times. This summer my oldest son attended Bnei Akiva’s Camp Amichai. His cousins had attended the camp for several summers and always seemed to have a great time. Yet, I was very apprehensive about letting my son attend. For starters, three weeks is a long time, at least here in Israel, to send your kid away. My Israeli friends could not believe that there was a camp program in Israel that was this long. Three weeks may not seem like a long time, but the longest he had been away from home “on his own” before this was three days! It was actually my wife who convinced me that our son was old enough and that it would be a good break period for all of us. For anyone who has ever raised an eleven-year-old, you know that the everyday routine is not without its ups and downs. Okay, good point about this 3-week break, but that was not my only reservation.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
Current and Future Chidon Teachers, Coaches, and Participants - Over the course of last year, over four hundred contestants from around the county participated in the US Chidon Ha’Tanach. In May, 2016, over 150 qualifying contestants attended the Chidon Ha’Tanach National Finals. Registration for the US Chidon Ha’Tanach 2017 is now live! Please make sure that your school completes the registration form in order to ensure that you receive important Chidon communications over the course of the summer and next year.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Shrug off the “shoulds” of your grown up life and come back to a place where what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are, or how you live. A place where you’re never on your own, where play is important and a mid-day nap might just be the best way to spend the afternoon. Come back to the curious and courageous days of childhood. When every day held the mysteries of new friends, fantastic discoveries and audacious adventures. When we played with reckless abandon that left us with skinned knees that were always worth it. Come to Camp Nai Nai Nai, Waynesboro, PA -September 2nd – 5th, 2016, and be a kid again.
Updated: May. 15, 2016
Starting next year, the IDF Homefront Command will provide all 10th-grade Ihigh school students in Israel with search and rescue and firefighting training. At the end of the program, the students will be certified as independent first responders, and they will be certified to provide aid in times of disaster such as earthquakes or buildings collapsing during wartime until the Homefront Command can be scrambled to the scene.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016