By Dr. Lesley Litman and Anne Lanski Yedida Bessemer asked eJP readers to think about what excellent Israel education looks like and called for field-wide standards and benchmarks to determine whether efforts are effective. We at the iCenter want to share our experience from seven years of building this field and working closely with schools, camps, synagogues, Israel travel experiences, and other educational and communal settings to help … [Read more...] about Israel Education Standards and Benchmarks: Which waze do we go?
In recognition of its success infusing Israel into a greater part of camp culture and experience, Camp B’nai Brith (CBB) of Ottawa was awarded the second annual “Goodman Prize for Excellence in Israel Education at Camp.” Along with four other camp finalists, CBB of Ottawa - a non-denominational community camp that just celebrated its 80th summer - is part of the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History. The initiative helped camps … [Read more...] about Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa awarded Goodman Prize for Excellence in Israel Education at Camp
As the newest cohort of Birthright Israel Fellows convenes this week in San Diego, the program continues to evolve as it seeks to raise the overall level and quality of the Birthright Israel trip experience. To help affect this change, Birthright Israel has hired a full-time Director of the Birthright Israel Fellows program to engage with the nearly 400 current fellows, as well as the continually growing cadre of specially-trained Birthright … [Read more...] about Birthright Israel Fellows Program Raises Quality of Educational Experience
Nearly 100 Jewish professionals and leaders gathered earlier this month - along with experts in Jewish, Israel, and experiential education - at the third Birthright Israel Fellows training seminar. This cadre of specially-trained Birthright Israel staff continues to grow and play a significant role in the ongoing Jewish journeys of trip participants. Implemented by Birthright Israel in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education, the … [Read more...] about Third Cohort of Birthright Israel Fellows Ready to Raise Level of Excellence
At a special Board Meeting held in Israel to mark the Foundation’s 10th anniversary, the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation awarded more than $13.6 million in new grants. The Foundation’s founder, Jim Joseph, z”l, was laid to rest in Israel upon his passing in 2003. Today, the Foundation that bears his name has awarded more than $370 million in grants to organizations that help create effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences … [Read more...] about Jim Joseph Foundation Announces $13.6m in New Grants