Israel Education and Advocacy

Mar 292017

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy  By Yossi Prager The AVI CHAI Foundation is delighted to release a new research report by Dr. Alex Pomson and Dr. Jack Wertheimer on the teaching of Hebrew language in Jewish day schools. As a foundation that has devoted significant energy and tens of millions of dollars toward Hebrew teaching and learning, … Read More »

Aug 032016

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilathropy When Rachel Beyda, an undergraduate economics major at the University of California, Los Angeles, was nominated for the Judicial Board, she did not anticipate being castigated by her peers for her Jewish identity and affiliations with Jewish campus organizations, such as Hillel and her sorority.  Never could Beyda have imagined that, in … Read More »

Jul 172015

By: Deborah Fishman Over 50 educators gathered in Atlanta from June 21-26 to attend “Modern Israel’s History, Politics, and Culture,” a teacher’s workshop run by The Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) and sponsored primarily by AVI CHAI. The teachers who attended received professional enrichment … Read More »

Aug 202014

This post is cross-posted from JTA. By: Jack Wertheimer With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include potentially frightening topics, such as the … Read More »

Making Community Involvement Normative

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Jun 122014

AVI CHAI’s recently released report, “Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools,” took the measure of day school Israel education through comprehensive surveys of schools, teachers, and students and school site visits. As schools, educators, and others in the Israel education ecosystem consider the report’s key findings and their implications, we plan … Read More »

Israel Education: One Size Does Not Fit All

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May 282014

This post is cross-posted here on The Jewish Week. By: Yossi Prager On June 1, thousands of day school students in the New York area will march in the Israel Day parade.  While they will march by school, new research highlights differences among students within schools when it comes to caring about Israel.  The findings offer a … Read More »

May 012014

This post is cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy. By: Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer Israel, we are informed with regularity, is a source of ongoing and bitter strife among American Jews. According to a cascade of press reports, rabbis feel themselves muzzled when it comes to speaking about Israel, communal institutions are wracked with divisive debates … Read More »

Jul 052012

By: Joshua Fattal On June 11th at the Park Avenue Synagogue, one generation taught and inspired the next as Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel spoke with a panel of seven students and graduates of Write On For Israel, an advocacy through journalism project of The Jewish Week. Professor Wiesel told the audience that we must always … Read More »

Analyzing BASIS

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Jul 022012

By: Susan Folkman BASIS (the Bay Area Schools Israel Synergy Initiative), an initiative funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation since 2008, strives to bring Jewish students and their families closer to Israel and to strengthen the connection of our youth to Israel and the Jewish people by making Israel a core part of every school’s … Read More »