By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman I would like to begin by thanking eJewish Philanthropy for providing space for these important conversations about Israel education. Just as the Jewish community holds many diverse ideas about Israel, so too do we differ on how we should educate our community’s children about Israel. I also appreciate that Dr. Stuart Zweiter took the time to write a thoughtful critique of the curriculum I wrote, Reframing Israel: … [Read more...] about Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Why Wrestling with Israel Belongs in American Jewish Education
By Stuart Zweiter I do not know Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman. Permit me to state at the outset, however, that after reviewing the curriculum, Reframing Israel, as well as reading some of her sermons found online, it becomes clear that she is an articulate, intelligent, dedicated, caring and spirited individual. In all the years I have directed The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, a non-denominational academic and program center dedicated to … [Read more...] about Reconsidering Reframing Israel
By Jonah Hassenfeld In “Fostering Critical Thinking by Reframing Israel Education,” Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman responded to my claim that her curriculum fails to teach critical thinking. She insisted, “Reframing Israel prioritizes critical thinking.” But she doesn’t explain exactly what she means by “critical thinking.” In Reframing Israel’s preface, Rabbi Zimmerman writes that, among other things, critical thinking means being able to … [Read more...] about What does Critical Thinking Look Like in Israel Education?
By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman Jonah Hassenfeld’s article “Teaching Critical Thinking and the History of Israel,” [published by eJewish Philanthropy on January 15, 2016] faults my curriculum, Reframing Israel: Teaching Kids to Think Critically About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, for “lacking footnotes” and “containing no original documents” in its 11-page historical overview. It’s a curious critique. Mr. Hassenfeld ignores the heart of the … [Read more...] about Fostering Critical Thinking by Reframing Israel Education
By Mitchell A. Klein and Jordanna Yochai This summer, as final year campers at NJY Teen Camp, we were given the unique opportunity of meeting Linda Scherzer. Scherzer, a former CNN correspondent in the Middle East and the current director of the Write On For Israel program, was one of the countless Shabbat speakers brought in by NJY Teen Camp to address campers. Standing in our camp’s recreational building, she explained to us that Write On … [Read more...] about Write On For Israel: Our Experience So Far