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The Collective Memory of a Civil War as Reflected in Edutainment and its Impact on Israeli Youth: A Critical Reading of Consensual Myths
Following the political assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in 1998, Israel's national theater, Habimah, produced the play “Civil War'.The play addressed the religious/hawkish-secular/dovish rift in Israel through a critical reading of events from Jewish history and raises the potential of civil war and political violence in Israel over Israeli-Palestinian peace. An empirical study of 107 Israeli students from the 11th grade who viewed the play presents the potential of “Civil War” to influence students and lead them to a critical reading of consensual myths of the Jewish historical/cultural texts and current events.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012
Welcome to the special online edition of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service devoted to Jewish service-learning, a collaboration between Repair the World and the Jewish Communal Service Association.This landmark issue features insights from Jewish service-learning experts around the world and around your corner
Updated: Sep. 02, 2012
Established twenty years ago to reconnect young Jews from post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe to Jewish life, today Camp Szarvas provides a venue for hundreds of campers from over 25 countries to explore their Jewish identity, connect with Israel, and build an unparalleled Jewish community that transcends geographical borders and religious denominations. For a week each summer, the integration program for people with disabilities brings youngsters with special needs as well as elderly residents of the Újpest Israel Sela Nursing Home to the camp.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012
Mark S. Young writes that Jewish experiential learning is not 'fun' which takes place outside the classroom as some would have it. Experiential learning as an approach to Jewish education has the ability both to strengthen one’s Jewish literacy and to create strong, positive emotional bonds with Jewish life. Further, this approach can take place anywhere, both inside and outside the classroom.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2012
Julie Wiener writes about Hannah Senesh School's K-4 Hebrew immersion day camp. Here in New York’s (and possibly the Diaspora’s) only Hebrew-immersion day camps, all the activities — from music to drama to playing in the sprinklers — occur in Hebrew.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2012
Recently The Lookstein Center's Lookjed Mail List, featured an essay on the Chidon HaTanach - The US National Bible Contest. In contrast with standard Lookjed posts, however, this one offered the perspective of two students on their experience as participants in this program. Ezra Frazer, the coordinator of the Chidon HaTanach in the United States presented an introduction to the program, its goals and purpose. Yishai and Yael Eisenberg wrote an essay that describes the Chidon from the perspective of student participants.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2012
How do Jewish residential summer camps provide campers and staff with opportunities to learn and grow as Jews? This article asks: Can there be more to the camp experience than being socialized into the norms and values of a well-aligned Jewish environment? Based on a case study of the drama program in Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, the author proposes viewing certain camp experiences through the lens of optimal Jewish experiences.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2012
On April 2, 2012, three students from Bishop O’Dowd High School, a private Catholic school in Oakland, CA., stood in the damp woods outside Trsice, a town in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, participating in the dedication of a memorial to the Wolfs, a family of Jews who spent three years hiding in that very spot during World War II. They had participated in Bonnie Sussman’s Holocaust course and now were participating in the Holocaust Study Tour (HST), a two-week trip to Europe that takes the idea of “hands-on” education to a new level. They were now joined with a dozen other students from around the country and their teachers.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012
Ruth Ellen Gruber writes about a handful of Budapest synagogues that have seen an upsurge of membership and communal engagement in recent years thanks to active young rabbis and a family-friendly focus. With an estimated 80,000 Jews, Budapest has the largest Jewish population of any central European city. It is home to about 20 Jewish congregations, ranging from the dominant Neolog (moderate Conservative) stream to traditional Orthodox and Chabad, to American-style Reform, to informal minyanim such as Dor Hadash, an independent egalitarian congregation that is associated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement.
Updated: May. 15, 2012
Deborah Fishman writes about this year’s Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly which took place from March 11-13th in New Brunswick, NJ. Over 650 were in attendance including camping professionals, lay leaders, Jewish Federation and foundation representatives, and others who care deeply about Jewish camp and its future. Participants crowd-sourced over 600 session ideas, culled down to 43 open-source sessions on the topics that the participants themselves wanted to talk about.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2012