Twenty years ago, on November 4, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (z”l) was assassinated, and in that moment, Israeli society was forever changed. As music is a window into society, the way in which music swirled around the life and untimely death of Yitzhak Rabin – one of Israel’s first sabra (צבר, native born) leaders – provides interesting portals into Israeli society.
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.
Written by Natalie Blitt
When Israel faces a crisis, many of us feel powerless. Our friends and relatives are scared, our people are scared, and yet it is beyond our power to make the situation better.
For some educators, this is a reason to avoid bringing Israel into the classroom. Why give our students upsetting information and leave them feeling there is nothing they can do?
"The Man Who Taught Me To Fly" is a part of the iMMERSE series, a joint production of the iCenter and ISRAEL21c, creating educational resources from inspiring stories in contemporary Israel.
Below, please find the educator's guide that accompany this video.
Filled with sensory experiences, the High Holidays and the Festival of Sukkot are opportunities to create meaningful connections to Israel. The sounds of shofar blasts, the smells of holidays meals, the knocking of wood that echoes across Israel as families build their sukkot – these expressions of rituals and values can bring an authentic part of Israel into our learning and experiences.
While initially created for camp, with some creativity, the wide array of activities and resources from the Goodman Camping Initiative database transcends setting and can be made relevant to a variety of learners. The following are resources chosen as favorites by camp educators
We encourage you to explore the complete database for more programming ideas in any setting you're a part of!
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.
What questions/themes/activities come to mind in viewing these videos?
On Yom Ha'zikaron, we remember thousands of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. On this day in Israel, a somber tone descends and – in particular – the airwaves take on the weight of the mood. There are many songs that have become associated with Yom Ha'zikaron which reflect the mood of this day. Below, we explore two of these songs.
Ha’tikvah – Israel’s national anthem – is just over 100 years old, yet it is a timeless expression of a shared Jewish past, present, and future. During the days of Yom Ha'zikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Ha'tikvah plays a deeply symbolic role in both marking memory and celebrating independence.
What does surfing have to do with Pesach?
We often associate Purim with 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 | חג פורים שמח