We are excited to partner with “Hasadna” (the Public Knowledge Workshop of Israel) to launch “Friday Night Hack” on July 19. This new initiative will take a collaborative, interactive and international approach to combining open-source, open-data networks of savvy coders and inspiring challenges to leverage the power of technology for positive change in the Jewish community and Israel. Read More »
Starting Sunday, 150 young Jewish innovators and leaders from 30 countries will convene in Jerusalem for our 8th Annual ROI Summit. The Summit is a five-day collaborative that will have these bright young minds dreaming big and networking intensely around how to strengthen the Jewish future.
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The application process for the ROI Summit is simultaneously one of the best and hardest times of the year for me – best because it reinforces the incredible young Jewish talent coming of age in communities around the world; hardest because I’m reminded that the Jewish world still does not have enough compelling opportunities to nurture all of it. Until we do, far too many young Jews who want to contribute to strengthening the Jewish future will be told “no, but” rather than “yes, and.” Faced with a negative response, many will choose to focus their time and talent elsewhere – a loss for them and for our community. Read More »
On campuses across the United States, students are exploring the diversity and vibrancy of Israel, forging connections across political and religious differences, and creating new avenues to define their relationships with Israel now and for the future.
Every year, thousands of college students return from Taglit-Birthright Israel, their interest in Israel sparked, their appetite to learn more whetted. Increasingly, these alumni — and many other young adults like them — are finding meaningful avenues to tap their new found excitement and to deepen their connection to and knowledge of contemporary Israel. Read More »
Building on a successful 2012 Season, the nonprofit Jerusalem Season of Culture will present its third annual festival from July 1 to August 23, 2013. The 2013 Season offers dozens of artistic experiences spanning the worlds of music, visual arts, culinary treats, cultural encounters, live art, social interaction, performing arts, new media and more. This summer, Jerusalem, which has served as a source of artistic inspiration for thousands of years, will once again be filled with events that challenge conventional definitions of culture and reexamine the relationship between observer, performer and location. Read More »
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.