NewsBits: Hillel, ORT and More

from NPR (via Hillel):

New Orleans Remains A Volunteer Hub For College Students Five Years After Storm

Five years have passed since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans, but much of the city remains in shambles. In the years since the storm, several college students from across the country have dedicated their spring break to helping rebuild the area. Brian Small, of the Syracuse University Hillel, a Jewish student group, just returned from his third annual trip to New Orleans. Small tells guest host Allison Keyes about students’ experiences volunteering with the organization Rebuilding Together New Orleans. He is joined in the conversation by Alyssa Provencio, that group’s volunteer coordinator.

from World ORT:

British educational expertise passes over to Israel

Together with the Israeli Embassy in London, World ORT has organized a series of pre-Pesach meetings with top British education professionals for a visiting delegation led by the Director General of the Ministry of Education, Dr Shimshon Shoshani.

from Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel:

The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI) Alumni Venture Fund has received a $10,000 grant from Repair the World towards mini-grants for alumni-led projects. The Repair the World matching grant will specifically aim to mobilize projects that promote social action within young Jews, use Jewish learning and values to engage volunteers, focus on meeting societal needs, and build young Jewish leadership.

Since 2005, the Fund has provided financial support via mini-grants to more than 100 innovative projects.

from American Hebrew Academy:

Academy Receives Multi-Million Dollar Gift to Launch Unprecedented Partnership with Jewish Agency for Israel

The American Hebrew Academy, the nation’s premier pluralistic Jewish boarding high school, has partnered with the Jewish Agency For Israel, a world leader in connecting the next generation of Jews with Israel and Jewish peoplehood to strengthen Jewish identity. Together, these two institutions will embark on a list of projects which will uphold the Academy’s unwavering commitment to Jewish education, specifically in the areas of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Hebrew language. The foundation of this partnership is rooted in the Academy’s trimester long program in Israel which the Academy has required as a prerequisite to graduation since the Academy’s founding in 2001.