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Teaching Jewish holidays in secular kindergartens in Israel is a major part of the early childhood education curriculum and often revolves around myths of heroism. The telling of these stories frequently evokes strong nationalist feelings of identification with fighting as they describe survival wars and conflicts in which the heroes are mostly male fighters and Jewish victory over the enemy is celebrated. Thus the teaching of the holidays hidden agenda strengthens ceremonial, patriarchal and national ideas. This paper proposes a number of educational alternatives in accordance with critical feminist pedagogy and Jewish values of social justice. The article focuses on three major holidays: Hanukah, Purim and Passover. It shows in each one of them the conventional reading of the holiday which is the traditional way it is being taught in secular kindergartens, the holiday through a critical feminist pedagogy lens and application in early childhood classrooms.
Updated: May. 15, 2016
Nina Badzin blogs about adult Jew's responsibility for their Jewish literacy especially around the Jewish High Holidays, when they show up at a synagogue for the first time since Yom Kippur of the previous year and make self-deprecating jokes about their lack of Jewish literacy.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2011
To help prepare for the New Year, the Rabbi Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has recorded a series of ten thought-provoking videos, each reflecting on a particular idea associated with this time in the Jewish calendar or on an individual prayer said on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. These deep messages accompany the newly published Koren Rosh Hashana Prayer Book (Machzor) with an introduction and commentaries by Chief Rabbi Sacks.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
JTA reports that an annual initiative will provide more than 50,000 secular Israelis with free Yom Kippur prayer services. The Tzohar rabbinic organization's Praying Together on Yom Kippur initiative organizes more than 200 explanatory Yom Kippur services in cultural centers in communities across Israel.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
A Polish-language guide to Chanukah will be distributed to hidden Jews in Poland. Shavei Israel, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to strengthen ties between the State of Israel and descendants of Jews around the world, will distribute the free books this week through its emissaries in Poland. Hidden Jews in Poland lost all contact with Judaism due to the extreme anti-Semitism they encountered after the Holocaust; some even converted. Others concealed their Jewishness from the Communist authorities and now feel free to resume their true identity.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
JELED stands for child in Hebrew and at the same time for Jewish European Learning Experience Dot net. The JELED.Net website was initiated by the Jewish umbrella organizations of The Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland and aims to meet the needs of these communities for curricular materials, ideas and opportunities of interaction in their national languages.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2009
ORT’s Israeli Roots Project was launched in 2000 and has since grown to encompass 30 high and junior high campuses throughout Israel. With a total of 25,000 participating students, it is the network’s largest stand-alone educational program. The project aims to unite students with their Jewish heritage and culture in a user-friendly and pluralistic approach, and to strengthen their Jewish identity and familiarity with the literary and cultural treasures of the Jewish people, evolved over the past 3,000 years.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
The Open Source Haggadah is a prototype for a software framework which would allow groups and individuals to compose their own prayer books online by compiling pre-written texts via a simple-to-use visual interface. The site allows registered visitors to build a Passover Haggadah for their own use. To do so, they can select scripture, translation, commentary, songs/readings, rituals, and/or illustrations for any or all of the fifteen sections of the Haggadah. Site users can also make their own contributions to any section of the Haggadah for the benefit of the other users.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009