Unpacked for Educators, the division of Jewish media company OpenDor Media, dedicated to providing resources to help educators engage and inspire students, is launching Israel History Month 2020 this November. Last year, over 120 schools from nine countries took part in the inaugural month-long celebration of Israeli history, with more schools expected to join in 2020.
The Maaleh School of Film and Television initiated the Homeward project in September, after months of preparation and coalition-building. Homeward is a short-video competition open to anyone interested – professional filmmakers and celebrities, public figures, amateur filmmakers and essentially everyone with a camera/cellphone. The theme “homeward” was developed in the spirit of the period – the feeling of coming home, going home, staying home… with which many around the world can identify, as the Corona pandemic has forced us to remain at home and distance ourselves from our closest friends and family (with whom we often feel most ‘at home’).
Educators can now access Israeli TV shows and specially developed resources from The iCenter for Israel Education. Known as Binge Watch Israel, The iCenter’s platform categorizes Israeli TV shows and its resources, spanning Cultural Diversity, Army and Society, Religious Diversity, and Humor and Satire.
“Unpacked for Educators”, a digital resource for Jewish educators from Jerusalem U, has launched the Unpacked for Educators Partner School Research Initiative. This research initiative, which will run during the 2019-2020 school year, will help the Unpacked for Educators team better understand the use and impact of its Israel education resources and content in schools across the religious spectrum and across the world.
At Jerusalem U, we’re creating Jewish- and Israel-related content that younger people will watch. In 2017, we made a strategic decision to expand from our primary focus on feature-length films to also include YouTube. We wanted to offer another portal of entry to our audiences, and began experimenting with YouTube videos as a way of meeting young people in more places where they hang out.
Facebook Israel and The National Library of Israel are embarking on a joint project to mark the start of the school year: they will upload to the social media network more than 1,000 pictures of Israeli schoolchildren taken from the 1950s to the 1990s so that users can tag themselves and tell the story behind the photos. The historical photographs will be accessible starting Monday August 26, 2019, through the National Library’s Facebook page, the social media network said in a statement.
While researching for her film Operation Wedding, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, a renowned Israeli filmmaker, witnessed first hand that Jewish solidarity can change the course of history. She found rare archives, interviewed former key KGB members, and uncovered a web of lies, rewritten facts, and political secrets. She found that the collective memory of the plight of Soviet Jews is fading and that there is little documentation. The Lookstein Center has created a collection of lesson plans and educational activities to complement these findings, and to teach the next generation that all Jews are responsible for one another and that every single individual can make a difference.
Wikimedia Israel, the local branch of online free information service Wikipedia, has published some 28,000 pre-Israel photographs taken in and around the region which would eventually become the Jewish state. The images provide snapshots of life in the area. As they are all over 50 years old, the photos are copyright free and available for use by everyone, the organization said.
The Chanukah Page includes lesson sites in several languages,
videos, songs, Chanukah trivia quizzes, English Hebrew vocabulary lists,
recipes, games, humor, photos, clipart, coloring pages and
a map of the sites of the Maccabees 166-161 BCE.
The education department of the National Library of Israel is delighted to announce the launch of its new website. The website provides a large and diverse collection of primary sources from the collection of the National Library.