Recently I co-authored an article, “To Everything There Is a Season: The Metamorphosis of Israel Education,” with my colleague Chip Edelsberg, Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation that suggests “today’s field of Israel education is embracing innovative approaches to experiential learning and emerging from its nascent stage with the possibility of becoming a fundamental element of Jewish education and Jewish identity formation.”
The piece inspired many responses, and to advance the conversation and set the stage for the Spring release of the study Israel Education in Practice, eJewishPhilanthropy asked a number of experts and practitioners in the field to write about the growing field of Israel education. Herewith, we share some these articles.
Congratulations Jeremy Balkin! Jeremy, an ROI Community member from Sydney, Australia, was recently selected for The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2013 for his Give While You Live Initiative.
Give While You Live seeks to inspire wealthy people to give philanthropically during their lifetime. It began in 2005 as an educational tool for people with the means to give substantially and has since developed into a major fundraising vehicle
Team Schusterman spoke with Jeremy about his “Give While You Live” initiative. We also found out what makes him such as excellent leader, what inspires him and if he were a superhuman, what power he would have. Read More »
We are excited to congratulate Jeremy Balkin, an ROI Community member from Sydney, Australia, on his selection for The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2013. Other honorees include Chelsea Clinton, Randi Zuckerberg, William James Adams (aka will.i.am) and Nate Silver.
Balkin’s “Give While You Live” initiative seeks to inspire wealthy people to give philanthropically during their lifetime. It began in 2005 as an educational tool for people with the means to give substantially and has since developed into a major fundraising vehicle. Read More »
Every Passover, Jews around the world gather at the Seder table to re-tell one of the greatest stories ever: the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. As much as we love tradition, this year we are giving the Seder ritual a new twist—and we want you to join us!
So, how will this Passover be different from all other Passovers?
Because we are forgoing ye olde faithful Maxwell House Haggadah! We are working with our friends at Haggadot.com to pilot their new group collaboration tool to create an online (and downloadable) crowd-sourced Haggadah. Are you up to the challenge for collectively creating a never-ending Haggadah? This is your chance to share content that will add color and depth to another Seder and also to find content that will make your Seder more meaningful. It’s a Haggadah of reciprocity! Read More »
This article first appeared on the Huffington Post.
This weekend, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, more than 1,200 people from New York to Knoxville to San Francisco symbolically invited Dr. King to Shabbat dinner.
Initiated by Repair the World–a national organization that mobilizes American Jews to address global and local needs through volunteering and service–the dinners were part of the Points of Light’s Sunday Supper campaign, designed to inspire dialogue and action on key issues affecting our communities. Read More »
This article first appeared in eJewishPhilanthropy.
Something significant is happening in the way young Jews learn about and connect to Israel. From camps to day schools, youth groups to Israel trips and supplementary education, rather than simply being taught about Israel, young people are being encouraged to form a relationship with Israel by engaging with the state, land and people in a variety of formal and informal settings.
Indeed, today’s field of Israel education is embracing innovative approaches to experiential learning and emerging from its nascent stage with the possibility of becoming a fundamental element of Jewish education and Jewish identity formation. But to really ensure that our future generations are deeply knowledgeable about and engaged with Israel, we need an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to prioritizing Israel Education, especially at the pre-collegiate level. Read More »
No’a Gorlin is the Director of Strategy and Leadership Development for ROI Community. ROI is part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network.
In the world of philanthropy, multi-million-dollar grants often grab the headlines. But smaller investments can also make a big difference.
In recent years, micro-giving in particular has grown across a variety of sectors. By taking advantage of platforms like Donors Choose, Kickstarter, Kiva and Indiegogo that have enabled the rise of crowd-funding and the $5 donor, small investments are empowering people who might not otherwise have access to funds, thus enabling grassroots ideas and innovation to spread.
At ROI, we have developed a micro grants program that puts a twist on this growing model. Read More »
Cross-posted from Repair the World.
Beyond posting an inspirational quote on facebook, when was the last time you did something meaningful on MLK Day?
We know you’re busy. And we know that your three-day weekend is sacred (and that you probably deserve the break!). But did you know that for over 15 years, MLK Day has been celebrated as a day of service by millions of Americans? Here at Repair, our team has partnered with NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, and with one of the organizations who pioneered the MLK Day of Service, the Points of Light Institute, to offer you a way to join the movement from the comfort of your own home!
MLK SHABBAT SUPPERS. JANUARY 18th. YOUR PLACE.
Repair is challenging you to become part of the living legacy of Dr. King by turning your kitchen table into a table of brotherhood the weekend of January 18th. Through our Shabbat Suppers initiative, you will be sent the tools to transform Friday night with friends into an opportunity for social action.
It’s ok if you’ve never held a Shabbat dinner. We know that not everyone “does” Shabbat. But you’ve gotta eat! Use this event, and this toolkit, as a foundation for a meaningful meal – whatever that means to you.
Shabbat Suppers will take many forms. They might be talks over take-out Chinese or screening parties with your friends from college. Some folks will have sit-down brisket dinners with friends of different faiths, and others will have potluck style meals in tiny apartments. At all of these events, food might get your guests in the door, but it’s the discussion will bring you together.
A SUPER COOL KIT…
On this year’s plate (we couldn’t help ourselves…) is of the defining civil rights issues of our time: education inequality. Once you sign-up as a host, Repair will send you a real, live toolkit via snail mail. These toolkits will contain a discussion guide, Repair swag for your guests, and a T-shirt as a thank you (just for you)!
Our discussion guide bears absolutely no resemblance to your AP Government textbook. Instead, it offers simple questions, real facts, and easy to enforce ground rules so that you can host a dynamic (and respectful) conversation around education and the legacy of Dr. King.
We want to arm you with the facts, and the tools to act on them. In honor of the MLK Day of Service, you will also receive information on how you can make a difference in the lives of public school children all over the country!
Excited? Sign-up HERE to become a host, and we’ll send you a toolkit for free!
And there’s more exciting news for Birthright Israel alumni! Through our friends at NEXT, you can receive funding for your Shabbat Supper through the NEXT Shabbat program. Register your meal, and you will be able to click a box to receive our free toolkit.
As always, we want to hear you from you! Tell us about your Shabbat Supper plans, or send us a question, by emailing campaigns@weRepair.org.