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To emerge from the current pandemic is to face an environment in which engaging with and traveling to Israel has become more complicated—and more fraught—than ever before. In what ways has the pandemic transformed the ways Israel is being taught in our schools? Which elements have gone into temporary eclipse, and which will permanently disappear? Which new resources and digital tools can educators and students turn to for succor and support? And which vulnerabilities has the pandemic usefully exposed? To mark the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of the pandemic, Sources invited six leading experts to reflect on how Israel education has changed — and on what lies ahead.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021
Although recent Gallup poll estimates show that 95% of American Jews have a favorable view toward Israel, and that number is likely higher in Modern Orthodox circles, major opportunities for improvement exist in the way we educate our youth about Israel. While our educational opportunities often center around celebrating Israel’s achievements, advocating for Israel and encouraging aliyah, we tend to skip over discussions about dilemmas in Israel’s history and complex issues at play in Israeli society today. We do not invite the same level of debate and critical thinking that we might encourage in other Judaic and general studies classes.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021
Over the last few months, we have been provided with an opportunity to examine the question of the effect of immersive Hebrew learning on the students connection to Israel anew. For the last seven years, we have been evaluating the emerging phenomenon that is Kayitz Kef (‘Summer of Fun’ in Hebrew). The program is supported and managed by the Areivim Philanthropic Group and during the summer of 2019 comprised 12 Jewish day camps. Kayitz Kef is a day-camp Hebrew immersion program shaped by the Proficiency Approach to Hebrew language learning, operating within the framework of JCCs and other camp settings and staffed almost entirely by Israelis, operating entirely in Hebrew. In the summer of 2020, the program pivoted to a mix of in-person and virtual platforms, providing a range of Hebrew experiences, engaging over 2,000 campers through both day and overnight camps.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2021
Four years working closely with a dozen schools across North America have shown me the wonderful benefits and experiences from comprehensive and integrated approaches to Israel education for students, parents and the community at large. The positive results from the Center for Israel Education’s Day School Initiative are replicable. These are three of the most important lessons learned.
Updated: Apr. 19, 2021