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 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 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.
A deck of cards has unlimited uses, and with this in mind, we've developed a set of Israel Resource Cards to bring Israel content to your learners in a variety of ways. Instead of being organized by suits, the cards are organized by categories: People, Places, Event and Society. Below, please find just a few suggestions for how to use these cards in an innovative way. If you don't have the cards already, you can download a sample of some of the cards from each category. To purchase a complete set (or multiple sets) contact Alex@theicenter.org.
Sukkot (the plural for Sukkah, meaning "booth" or "hut"), forces us to rethink our notion of home. Whether through the temporary return to a nomadic lifestyle, or changing the physical structure that we call a house, Sukkot is an opportunity to explore the themes of hospitality, home, and building.
Compiled below are several iCenter resources exploring these themes through the holiday of Sukkot as it is practiced in Israel and around the world.
The word "shanah (שנה)" or "year" comes from the same word as "shinui (שינוי)" or "change," and at Rosh Hashanah 5775 - like in every year - Jews are looking forward to the changes that come with a new year.
This summer Israel and Gaza erupted into war, and two things near and dear to me nearly burst with pain and sadness: my heart and my Facebook wall. Navigating my own feelings and reactions as a committed Zionist with my own influences, life experiences, and outlook has been challenging, to say the least.
In teaching Israel, we strive to connect our students to the real Israel. Not the Israel of CNN or FOX News, not the Israel of text books and maps and lists of events.
The Israel we encounter when we visit, or when we live there. The Israel we experience knowing that our friends and families live there, that members of our community make it their home.