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eJewish Philanthropy writes about the Israel leg of the Future Leaders Program. The Ministry of Information and the Diaspora, in conjunction with World ORT and Stephen Muss, launched a new project this year aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of leadership for local Jewish communities across Europe and the Former Soviet Union. An initial cohort of 32 students, representing 18 countries and between 15 and 18 years old, was selected based on the quality of their applications and the dedication that they had already demonstrated to their schools and in their Jewish communities. The three-week summer program in Israel was designed to build on the foundations laid in earlier parts of the program. The Future Leaders participated in classes on developing leadership skills and traveled to many of the historical and cultural sites throughout Israel.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011
This article examines 10 textbooks used in Jewish religion classes in Russian high schools in the final decades of the 19th century. The textbooks reveal an expectation of a low level of Hebrew background, an interest in promoting the practice of prayer, and two distinct approaches to teaching Judaism. While some of the books introduce students to their religion through Biblical or later Jewish history, others present the religion as a systematic set of beliefs and practices. Although it is difficult to ascertain exactly how the books were utilized in classrooms, they certainly provide a sense of the priorities of a group of educators, as well as of the relative freedom they had in defining Judaism for the next generation.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2011
JDC writes about how participation in its Moscow based young leaders training program, Knafaim, helped Tanya Kirzner discover her Jewish roots and launch her own professional development program for young Jews. Based in Moscow, the Knafaim program cultivates young, local Jewish leadership. The year-long program provides young adults (ages 20-30) with education and training to enhance their management abilities, improve their professional skills, and broaden their Jewish knowledge, all in order to deepen their connection to the Jewish community and nurture constant and continuous involvement in Jewish life in Moscow.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
Matthew Vogel, Executive Director of Hillel at Baruch College in NYC, wrote in the ePhilanthropy newsletter about an international Hillel event where ' 24 students and six professional staff members from Baruch College, the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Israel, and the Kiev Hillel met in Ukraine to explore Jewish Peoplehood in a program called Kol Hillel. In addition to having seder with the Odessa Hillel and Shabbat with the Kiev Hillel, students also had the opportunity to visit Jewish communities in Zhitomer, Berdichev and Uman. The first seder however, was a particularly special moment for everyone involved. Participants were asked to bring their families traditions to our unified and self-led seder. We sang dayenu and whipped around scallions in the Persian tradition, we ate a Hillel sandwich with everything on the seder plate instead of just charoset and maror as in the Indian tradition and we sang and danced as one people in Hebrew, English and Russian.'
Updated: May. 11, 2011
As part of its “Judaism Without Walls” initiative, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has launched a comprehensive online anthology of Russian-language informal Jewish education materials. The website is the internet companion to a 14-volume, 3,000 page compilation that includes programs, lessons, games, and activities for all age groups. Both were featured at a major JDC Jewish educators’ conference last month in Moscow.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2011
The World Ort Future Leaders Program is a nine-month leadership training program to develop a new generation of young leaders for Jewish communities in Europe and the FSU. An international selection of people aged between 15 and 16 years old, with potential to become leaders, will be chosen to participate in the heavily subsidized program. The deadline for completing applications is Tuesday January 4, 2011.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010
Teaching Ethnic History in School: Experience from the West and the Case of Jewish History in the Former Soviet Union. A Literature Review
This article reviews the results of numerous studies that demonstrate how students belonging to ethnic majorities and minorities differ in their historical knowledge, trust of teachers and texts, motivation to study history, and perception of the material. The experience of teaching Jewish history in the former Soviet Union is reviewed, and directions for further research are suggested.
Updated: Oct. 03, 2010
As summer was drawing to a close, 26 principals from the three Jewish education networks in the Former Soviet Union came together for an eight-day seminar, designed and implemented by the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to strengthen their managerial and other skills.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Jewish Agency and Genesis Philanthropy Group Hold International Summer Camp in Israel for Russian Speaking Youth from FSU and Israel
The Jewish Agency and the Genesis Philanthropy Group held an international summer camp, the Rimon Project, for Russian-speaking youth at the Nordiya Youth Hostel near Netanya from August 1-13. The camp, supported by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, is organized specially for young people ages 13-16 from different parts of the Former Soviet Union and from Israel.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
The Jewish Agency for Israel is pleased to inform all of their readers that the FSU Summer Camps Blog 2010 is back. In keeping with tradition, this year's blog posts will chronicle key activities taking place in their summer camps, located in 14 different locations across the FSU. This summer there will be close to 5,000 children and youngsters, ages 7 -17, attending the summer camps.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010