A first-of-its-kind conference of Russian-Speaking Jewish educators and leaders is taking place in Israel this week. The conference, an initiative of the Jewish Agency and Genesis Philanthropy Group, is aimed at creating a professional community of Russian-speaking Jewish educators from around the world who can provide the the high-quality Jewish education the Russian-speaking demographic is looking for.
Attending are some 150 educators and young leaders active in Russian-speaking Jewish communities in the United States, Israel, Germany and the former Soviet Union, including in Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and elsewhere. These educators are thought leaders in their communities and are constantly engaged in strengthening ties to Israel and to Jewish culture.
Participating in lectures, laboratories and informal gatherings, attendees will acquire new professional and methodological tools in the area of informal education and will discuss pressing issues and challenges affecting Jewish education amongst Russian-speakers. A particular emphasis will be placed on strengthening ties to Israel and deepening participants’ familiarity with Israeli society.