Nearly 500 special education teachers and kindergarten teachers in Jerusalem have received an iPad as part of the Athena Fund's iPad for Every Special Education Teacher program. In addition to the iPad, the teachers will receive 120 hours of professional training. They join special education teachers who received iPads last year, bringing the total number of Jerusalem’s special education teachers and kindergarten teachers who received iPads to … [Read more...] about Israel’s Athena Fund Provides 500 more Teachers with iPads
Israeli President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin welcomed athletes of the Special Olympics to Beit HaNasi last week as part of the launch of the team that will participate in the 2019 Special Olympic games in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The event opened with a judo exhibition bout between Arik Ze’evi and Levav Barkan, a Special Olympian and the winner of the contest. Special Olympian swimmer 8 year-old Shai Dagan presented the president with a Play Unified … [Read more...] about President Rivlin Welcomed Athletes of the Special Olympics to Beit HaNasi
By Deborah Fishman Shelby I am writing from Mitzpe Ramon - the silence of the desert is calming on Shabbat. My husband Brian has never been to Israel before, and through him I see the country with fresh eyes. He remarked on the utter chutzpah it takes to look at this barren, brown, seemingly impenetrable landscape and think, “I can do something with this!” (And then, to do it!) I think that says volumes about the roots of the Israeli psyche. … [Read more...] about North America Jewish Intentional Community – Builders’ Manifesto
Increasing dialogue about LGBT issues in the Orthodox community in Israel leads to increased awareness, acceptance By Maayan Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy On a Saturday night in 2015, thousands of Israelis gathered in Jerusalem to rally for tolerance after 16-year-old Shira Banki was stabbed and killed while marching in the Jerusalem pride parade. An unlikely individual - an Orthodox rabbi, Benny Lau - stood up on stage and delivered … [Read more...] about ‘People Just Like Them’
By Charlene Seidle and Brachie Sprung
Today is an unprecedented Election Day in Jerusalem. For the first time, two candidates for mayor are vying for the top job in an unprecedented runoff that will decide the political leadership of the city for the next five years.
Whatever the outcome of the election, things will change in the capital. Mayor Nir Barkat steps down after a decade where he brought experience from the VC world and as a … [Read more...] about Doubling Down on Disruption:
The Resiliency of Civil Society in Jerusalem