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With the opening of the 2009-10 school year, 5 more elementary schools around the FSU will begin to implement the TaL Am curriculum of Hebrew language and Jewish heritage, bringing to 700 the number of FSU elementary school students studying in the TaL Am program. During the 2007 and 2008 school years, the Heftziba program - a joint project of Israel’s Ministry if Education and the Jewish Agency - and the administration of the Ohr Avner Foundation, have been implementing a pilot project of the TaL Am program in ten elementary schools. The positive results of the pilot project have brought the addition of the new schools.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2009
JTS historian Jack Wertheimer, in a Jewish Daily Forward opinion piece, asks why a recent Israeli television advertisement lamenting assimilation in the Diaspora sparked a firestorm of criticism, given that 'there is a large kernel of truth to its claims'. It should instead stimulate a serious discussion on the relationship between intermarriage and assimilation and examine 'ways to build Jewish social capital and draw in disengaged Jews'.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
In 2005, BBYO commissioned a survey by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), the leading researcher of teens, tweens and twenty-somethings, in order to better understand teen views on religion. BBYO has spent the last several years following teen trends and culling through teen research – both secular and Jewish. This updated report, a compilation of secondary resources, reflects the most recent findings. The report focuses on teenagers, while also providing information on “tween” trends to increase the understanding of this younger, pre-high school demographic.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2009
Four-fifths of secular Israelis and more than half of Israelis overall define their knowledge of Jewish practice and Jewish heritage as mediocre or lower, according to a survey conducted by the Rafi Smith Research Institute for the World Union of Jewish Studies.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2009
For over 14 years, Beth Hatefutsoth has been engaging tens of thousands of students from all over the world in Jewish heritage through the annual 'My Family Story International Competition'. In this competition, middle school students research and present their family stories and thereby explore their collective Jewish history. In the 2009 competition, more than 20,000 students from different countries around the world participated presenting projects in their own languages.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2009
Havaya International is a 5 week long opportunity to travel like a local in both Israel and across the United States, while making a positive difference in our global village. Made up of eighteen American teens and eighteen Israeli teens, going into 10th-12th grade, Havayaniks will spend two and a half weeks traveling throughout Israel with local Israelis from the 92nd Street Y's sister city in Ramat Hasharon and two and a half weeks in the U.S. getting the opportunity to share their lives with their Israeli counterparts.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2009
Leadel.NET is a unique social change video portal and network, aimed at Jewish students and professionals across the globe. The primary aim of the project is to create an online Jewish media hub with a focus on creating a link between the leaders of today and the innovators of tomorrow. Launched in September 2008, Leadel already contains a unique gallery of interviews with a wide range of leading personalities, giving a truly new perspective of Jewish culture, thought and identity around the world.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009
Spirituality Amid Dogma? Some Approaches to Educating for Religious Belief within a State Religious School in Israel
In the religious school, where young people are brought into religious life and practice, the development of a religious belief system is often neglected. Religiousness is often instilled as a linear end product, a monolithic corpus of ideas to be singularly transmitted and subsequently owned by youth. This article, based on three years of ethnographic research, looks at the way in which four teachers from one religious girls' high school in Israel executed theological education. The dynamic between teachers' voices and students' voices sheds light on adolescent religious identity, and offers vital insights for religious education.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
In Back to School, authors Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor argue that the Jewish day school serves as an unconventional site for creating religious meaning in new ways by bringing adults and children together for education, meeting, study, and worship-like ceremonies. They suggest that day school functions as a locus of Jewish identity akin to the Jewish streets or neighborhoods that existed in many major North American cities in the first half of the twentieth century.
Updated: May. 18, 2009
The author analyzes data from previous studies and surveys to examine the cost of living fully in the Jewish milieu in the United States in 2002, including the costs of synagogue affiliation, intensive Jewish education, camps, Federation and other Jewish charitable donations, and memberships in Jewish Community Centers and Jewish communal organizations, among others.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009