By Galia Avidar, PhD Yedida Bessemer’s recent article on the lack of Israel education standards and benchmarks is a reminder of how this particular teaching endeavor is fraught with ambiguity and confusion. Through the years, a host of scholars and educators have criticized Jewish schools for their lack of a clear mission, plan, or set of ideological principles. Research in the field demonstrates that Israel education goals are varied and the … [Read more...] about Israel Education: Not All Standards Are Created Equal
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?
By Yedida Bessemer I love GPS, and especially my WAZE app. It keeps track of “milestones” and gives me the step-by-step directions I need to reach my destination. It also provides alternate routes if I wish to avoid the freeway or traffic. Similar to GPS, Standards and Benchmarks are educational tools that guide teaching and instruction by giving educators a “grid” containing final destinations. While they don’t offer the shortest or fastest … [Read more...] about Israel Education: Where are We Going and How are We Getting There?
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
By Lori Actor, Amnon Ophir and Ilan Vitemberg Jewish educators across the country have experimented, wrestled, and explored Israel education in many ways. While some have successfully launched meaningful educational experiences, others struggle to teach a topic that is foreign to many of our teachers and also raises many contentious conversations in our communities. In our three communities - Houston, Cleveland and San Francisco - we have … [Read more...] about Communal Approaches to Israel Education