What does surfing have to do with Pesach?
The iCenter is currently in the process of building a new and comprehensive web space - an "Educator's Backpack" - on educational resources that will serve as a guide to the wide variety of materials, projects, and ideas that exists in Israel education. Please contact us if you have anything that you believe should be included in this space.
The iCenter and ELI Talks partnered to bring North American audiences relevant discussions connected to the growing field of Israel education. The following videos provide opportunities to explore deeper questions in Israel education and to discover the meaningful ways Israel is integral to Jewish learning and life.
This educational resource is an excerpt from a larger content piece written by Shayna Weiss from the forthcoming Israel Toolkit for Conflict Education.
We often associate Purim with the the baking of hamantaschen, dressing in costume, and singing and parading in the streets – but there are fascinating reasons behind these long-held traditions that are deeply rooted in Jewish communal development within Israel and around the world. Explore some of the foundations of these Purim traditions - including costumes, Shushan Purim, music and food - and some suggestions as to how you can use them with your learners.
Chag Purim Sameach!
Almost all Hebrew words are built upon root letters (called a shoresh, "root"), and are formed in such ways where small manupulations can create many different but related meanings. The election season in Israel gives us a great oppportunity to see the adaptive use of Hebrew roots - some of them ancient in origin - for modern usage. Below are some of the words which are commonplace during the election cycle.
Israel is one of only two countries in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees. Tree are so important that many Israelis have named their children after trees. Names like Amir (treetop), Oren (pine), Ilanit (tree), Alona (Oak), and the list goes on. Below, please find a compilation of tree and nature-themed educational resources to bring to your learners on Tu Bishvat.
The Cultural Impact of Sufganiyot
The iCenter staff picks our favorite articles, stories and educational resources of 2014. We look forward to bringing you another great year of Israel education in 2015!
Hanukkah is one of those special holidays that really activates the senses: the spinning of the dreidel (סביבון, seh-vi-VOHN in Hebrew), flickering lights shining against the darkness, the smell and taste of pan-fried latkes (לביבות, le-vi-VOHT).
On Tuesday, November 18, terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, brutally murdering five men and injuring others. In a “Voices” piece, Shalom Orzach reflected on timeless lessons that can be learned in the wake of this shocking and devastating event. In this educational guide, he digs more deeply into some of the timeless values we can explore and some resources available to do so.