1,100 French Jewish High School Students Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem

Photo by Avi Dodi for Amit Productions

Photo by Avi Dodi for Amit Productions

1,100 high school seniors from twenty-five Jewish schools across France celebrated the third night of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 18) in Jerusalem. Participants enjoyed performances by Israeli singer-songwriter Yonatan Razel and IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, accompanied by the IDF Rabbinate Troupe.

Bac Bleu Blanc (“High School Seniors in Blue and White”) is a program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel, with the support of Keren Hayesod-UIA, that brings French Jewish high school seniors to Israel on a one-week educational trip every winter.

Since Bac Bleu Blanc‘s creation eleven years ago, some 10,000 students from twenty-five French Jewish high schools have come to Israel as part of the program. This year marks the program’s twelfth session, and for the first time ever, several dozen Jewish students who attend French public schools are participating, as well. During the course of their time in Israel, participants visit various sites of educational and historical significance, meet with their Israeli peers, and are exposed to institutions of higher learning and gap year programs operated under the auspices of Masa Israel Journey.

Kohelet Foundation Continues to Support JDS Education in Philadelphia

The Kohelet Foundation and Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia are pleased to announce a new gift by the Foundation in support of Jewish primary and middle school education in the Philadelphia area. The Kohelet Foundation has pledged a new unrestricted gift of $500,000 to Torah Academy. In addition, the Kohelet Foundation will release approximately $800,000 in restricted funds associated with a prior pledge, for a total unrestricted gift to Torah Academy of $1.3 million to be transferred in January 2015.

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When Kolb met Hillel: Using Reflection, Conceptualization, and Experimentation with College Students

The authors lead an interactive session on the use of the Kolb Experiential Learning Cycle on their campuses for fellow Hillel professionals at the recent Hillel International Global Assembly.

By Benji Berlow, Lior Cyngiser, Erica Frankel and Michelle Lackie [This is the first in a series of articles written by participants and alumni of the YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education (EJE), highlighting EJE related ideas … [Continue reading]

The Jewish Federation System: A Conversation for the Future

By Denis Braham and Lee Wunsch For more than 100 years, the Jewish Federations have been at the epicenter of the most significant events in the modern history of the Jewish people. From the birth and nascent years of the State of Israel through … [Continue reading]