By Rabbi Aaron Starr In celebration of our fifteenth wedding anniversary this past June, and in recognition of my upcoming “special” birthday, last spring my wife Rebecca decided that we should take a family trip to Israel during the 2016 December Break. When we informed our children of our decision to travel to Israel, Caleb - age 9 and a student at Hillel Day School - responded with tremendous fear: “Why are you taking us to a war zone?! … [Read more...] about Are We Causing Our Children to Fear Israel?
By Zeev Ben-Shachar and Dina Rabhan "In a rapidly changing world, where students are constantly consuming information and news on their feeds, how can we transcend the catchy headlines and provide students with a solid and nuanced understanding of Israel? How do we explain complicated realities while keeping them interested and engaged? And perhaps even more importantly, how do we get students to identify with, and care about, a small country … [Read more...] about Education-Bucket Challenge: Teaching Israel in a Volatile World
The fall semester has officially ended, but online courses are making it possible to keep learning about Israel from leading Israeli professors. This opportunity is available not only to college students but to anyone in the broader community with access to the internet. By Dr. Ariel Ilan Roth Where to go for quality learning opportunities about Israel is a challenge for many members of our community. Many college campuses have a … [Read more...] about College Courses on Israel, Available to All
A new book makes a compelling case and charts the course towards a “person-centered” approach to Israel education. Written by Dr. Barry Chazan, A Philosophy of Israel Education: A Relational Approach aims to assist educators and academics to engage learners in a variety of viewpoints and experiences as they build personal relationships with Israel. The book is available as a no cost ebook. In A Philosophy of Israel Education, Chazan first lays … [Read more...] about Chazan Book Makes the Case for a Person-Centered Approach to Israel Education
By Hannah Tobin Cohen Awaiting take-off on a flight from Los Angeles to London, I sit ensconced in the latest David Grossman novel, with mizrahi music blasting in my ears. Yet, even the dulcet tones of Moshe Peretz cannot obscure the phone conversation of my neighbor, conducted in the familiar - yet to me, incomprehensible - language of Arabic. With the sinking feeling that I am about to do something against my better judgement on the cusp of … [Read more...] about A Zionist and a Palestinian Walk onto a Plane…