It was 10pm on the first night of Shavuot and I was so excited to start. My mom told me it was time to go, so we began driving. I didn’t know where we were going, but that was nothing unusual for this unique night.
We showed up at a friend’s house and walked to the backyard. Set up on a gorgeous high ground overlooking Lake Michigan was a pitched tent. The sounds of the waves splashed against the rocks, and the smell of pines filled the thick spring air. We made ourselves comfortable and began our Shavu'ot.
“After the death of the last witnesses, the remembrance of the Holocaust must not be entrusted to the historians alone. Now comes the hour of artistic creation.” -Aharon Appelfeld
Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, has an added part to its name in Israel. In Israel, it's known as Yom Ha'Shoah V'Hagevurah, which translates to Holocaust and Heroism Day. The two words "Holocaust" and "Heroism" are said together, and the aspect of heroism is an especially prominent one.
Below, please find a spotlight of Amy Richman, the descendent of a family that was saved by a famous hero, Oskar Schindler, during the Holocaust.
Jewish LearningWorks and the Jim Joseph Foundation Announce the Launch of www.BASISIsraeleducation.orgby The iCenter on March 5, 2013
Source: Jim Joseph Foundation
New website offers toolkit for Israel education and documents a 4 year, community-wide Israel Education Initiative designed to forge enduring connections between American Jewish students, schools and educators, and Israel.
The following article was also featured in eJewish Philanthropy.
What comes to mind when you hear the words, “Israel education” – curriculum, crisis, complexity, ambivalence, or maybe – nothing?
Israel education is about Jewish identity.
Too often, Israel education is treated as a curriculum to be taught, a crisis to be managed, or a problem to be addressed. Too often, we conduct our communal conversation about Israel – rather than with Israel. Too often, we allow Israel education to create divisions between us.