“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
Many Jewish schools still teach Hebrew as if Hebrew is not the language that Israelis use daily in their businesses and schools and theaters and restaurants and beaches, as if the new, living reality of a Hebrew speaking society in Israel doesn’t exist. [This essay is from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Reprinted with permission.] By Rabbi David Gedzelman What is the most effective way to teach … [Read more...] about Teaching Hebrew in America: A Zionist Approach