By Alex Pomson In 2004, when our family made aliya from Toronto, I was interviewed by a radio journalist at the CBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company. She wanted to know why we were giving up the comforts and quiet of Canada for a new life in a less stable part of the world. I answered, “So that our children [then 8 to 13] might write poetry in Hebrew.” What I meant, if expressed a little facetiously, was that we wanted to live life in a … [Read more...] about Sweating Hebrew: For What?
“When we elevate early-childhood educators’ knowledge about Israel, Israel has the power to become a real and dynamic society, rather than a once-a-year holiday.” By Sasha Kopp [Editorial note: Masters students at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management write theses or capstone projects involving original research about topics of interest to Jewish organizations. eJewish … [Read more...] about How Can We Make Israel More Than Just a Holiday?
By Alex Pomson and Vardit Ringvald Our two organizations - Rosov Consulting and Middlebury College - have been involved in studying an initiative that is at a point of inflection, on the brink of transitioning from start-up to scale. We have had the opportunity to document and evaluate, from the time of its birth - really, since its conception - the Areivim Hebrew at Camp Initiative. With the initiative moving to a second stage of development, … [Read more...] about It Turns Out, You Really Can Learn Hebrew at Camp
[This essay is from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Reprinted with permission.] By Naava Frank The second annual Hagigah Ivrit of metropolitan New York, March 6-20, 2016 concluded with a sense of a new tradition in the making. Hagigah Ivrit, “Festival of Hebrew,” is a two-week celebration of local events and activities aimed at celebrating the Hebrew language and its culture. The festival in New York was … [Read more...] about Hagigah Ivrit: A Celebration of the Hebrew Language
[This essay is from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Reprinted with permission.] By Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt There’s a small buzzing slice of Israeli culture right in the heart of Rockland County. Up the winding country roads of Nyack, on a sprawling green estate, it’s 8:30 AM, and Israeli music is blasting. Hundreds of children in colorful T-shirts, shorts and sandals are running towards the central … [Read more...] about Hebrew Immersion in Camp