By Eli Cohn-Postell These pages provide the best forum for following the evolution of Jewish communal thought on the philosophical goals of Israel education. For the longest time the assumption of our community (still held by many) was that we had to teach our students to love Israel before introducing them to the complexity of Israel. Alex Sinclair recently challenged the idea that love or connection is the ultimate goal of Israel education, … [Read more...] about Israel: A Love Story?
By Scott Copeland Israel engagement is a messy venture. Good that smart, experienced colleagues and friends like Alex Sinclair and Shalom Orzach recently contributed their efforts to helping clarify the parameters and goals of the field in the pages of eJewishPhilanthropy. Sinclair and Orzach help clear up some of the messiness of Israel engagement. I add a few of my thoughts to their queries, suggestions, and exhortations. The messy nature … [Read more...] about Israel Engagement: A Messy Venture
By Alex Sinclair In a recent essay in these virtual pages, I argued that American Jewish Israel education must rethink many of its assumptions so that instead of being primarily concerned with American Jews’ connection to Israel, it should be concerned with American Jews’ responses to Israel’s direction. I’ve received many responses to this essay, mostly positive, along with some that have questioned my position. In particular, Jonah … [Read more...] about Responding to Israel’s Direction: Clarifications and Responses
By Ken Stein In two books written sixty years apart, When Prophecy Fails, 1957 (Festinger, Riecken and Schachter) and The Influential Mind, 2017 (Sharot, an Israeli neuroscientist), the conclusions were the same. A composite of their findings: facts and evidence don’t matter if you believe something deeply enough. Show a person facts and figures and they will question your sources. Present undeniable and unequivocal evidence that goes … [Read more...] about Trust, Embrace, and Own Israeli History
By Jonah Hassenfeld How do we want young people to think and feel about Israel? According to the 2014 Hearts and Minds report, which surveyed dozens of day schools, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students, Jewish educators hope to make students feel good about Israel. “Nearly everyone interviewed,” wrote the study’s authors, “agreed that [Israel education] is about love and pride.” But keeping Israel lovable means keeping Israel simple: … [Read more...] about Israel Education for Knowledge, Connection and Stance