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Elu v’Elu: Towards Integration of Identity and Multiple Narratives in the Jewish Renewal Sector in Israel
Secular Israelis are reconnecting to Judaism in an increasingly growing range of ways. This trend has been accelerating over the last ten years. The article draws on theories of transformative learning as well as the analysis of scholars who have examined the elements that contribute to integration and formation of healthy Jewish identity. It locates this phenomenon in light of changes taking place in the North American Jewish community and liberal Jewish communities in Israel, as well as the mutual, ongoing influences between and among these organizations.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
The Israeli educational system makes a clear distinction between State religious education and State general education. Over time, “general education” has become unofficially identified with, and labeled as, “State secular education.' This switch has consequences far beyond a semantic level; it highlights a complex, vague, and confused set of concepts and symbols revolving around the fundamental question of Jewish Identity. However, the main argument in this paper is that the curriculum in the Israeli State schools, attended by 70% of Israeli’s Jewish children, is neither ‘completely’ nor ‘partially’ secular. Rather, it is first and foremost a Jewish curriculum, even though, on the declarative and conscious level, it does not operate as such. This argument is supported by qualitative-interpretive research on seventeen schools (six elementary, four middle, and seven high schools) in the Tel Aviv-Yafo region.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
The Student as the 'Other' and Teacher Responsibility: Teachers' Ethical Dilemmas in National Religious Education
The article is based on a study whose aim was to understand teachers' ethical world in national-religious education in Israel by examining their stories which reflect ethical dilemmas in teaching. The methodology was qualitative. The research population included 52 teachers teaching in a variety of State-Religious schools in Israel. The research tools were semi-constructed in-depth interview and documents. The teachers' stories repeatedly addressed the basic tension between traditional-religious educational education and modern democratic education.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2014
Begun in 2011, the two-year CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program currently operates in 27 Jewish schools, in areas ranging from California to North Carolina. Adam Jerozolim, a professional engineer who once designed hydraulic systems for nuclear submarines, serves as a mentor to teachers in 12 schools in the New York City area that participate in the program.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2014
Israeli school students will study space research in an educational program launched to coincide with Israeli Space Week this week. The new program, launched jointly by the Education Ministry and the Science, Technology and Space Ministry, will be studied by more than 150,000 students, and will cover astronomy, electro-optics, asteroid mining, the solar system and nanosatellites.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014
The World ORT organization for advanced science studies has launched the Anieres Elite Academy international scholarship program to prepare some 600 Israeli and foreign 10th-graders for an engineering degree at the prestigious Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The program, the first of its kind in Israel, will allow students from the Negev to the Galilee to study science and technology in high school and, after seven years, complete an engineering degree at the Technion. The program provides a full scholarship, worth more than 100,000 shekels.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2014
A group of Israeli youngsters are putting the politics of their parents and leaders aside and galvanizing to collect life-saving winter supplies for the freezing Syrian refugees of the region. Dubbed Operation Human Warmth, the drive is being spearheaded by the Israeli youth organizations Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed in conjunction with the social and education organization Dror-Israel, as well as Israeli Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization that was among the first on the ground in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
Between Pluralism and Secularism: An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study
Rabbi David Kasher, Director of Education at Kevah, an organization with a distinctly pluralistic philosophy that seeks to bring traditional Jewish learning to the whole spectrum of the Jewish community, tells of his journey to Israel this past summer to meet with key figures in the schools and programs in which secular Israelis are today studying Torah – to observe them, to learn from them, and to reach out to them. At Kolot, Atid BaMidbar, ZIKA, the Beit Midrash at Oranim and Bina: The Secular Yeshiva, he discovered the ways in which his Israeli counterparts and he are clearly doing the same kind of work, though the unique characteristics of Israeli society make that work look very different.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
GESHER, an Israel-based NGO dedicated to bridging the gaps between secular and religious Jews in Israel is now recruiting talented candidates for its highly competitive Tolerance Leadership Course beginning in 2014. The Leadership Course began in 2013 as a pilot initiative gathering ultra-Orthodox, secular, traditional and National Religious individuals who are leaders in their field. The course strengthens skills, knowledge and networks to advance tolerance and unity between leaders of influence across a wide variety of communities and professional specialties.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014
The Israel Education Ministry announced a new plan to provide an extra three weeks of optional school in order to shorten the summer vacation and keep children in the lower grades busy while their parents are at work. Under the plan, from July 1 to July 21, young people studying to become teachers and teachers who choose to, will take over the schools and conduct activities designed to awaken pupils’ creativity such as workshops for reading and writing, sessions on community involvement, environmental education, interactive learning as well as sports, among others. Activities will also revolve around acquiring social values.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013