How is Israel in your life? Is it an object? A person? A moment? We wanna know!
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.
“Where were you just before Shavu'ot 3,323 years ago? You probably don’t remember – truthfully, neither do I, But according to Jewish tradition we were standing together at the foot of a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula known as either Sinai or Horeb – a mountain whose location is unknown today.
On May 2, 1860, the Austro-Hungarian journalist, visionary, and father of modern political Zionism was born. Theodor Herzl died in 1904, over four decades before the state of Israel was established, but his mission and passion continue to inspire dreams and action today.
One of the ways Herzl inspires is through art. In honor of his birthday, below are some of our favorite depictions of Herzl in contemporary Israeli art.
Lag Ba'Omer is a joyous Jewish holiday that falls between Passover and Shavu’ot. The period between these two holidays is called the “Omer." "Lag" is a combination of two Hebrew letters, lamed and gimmel, which together also stand for the number 33. The holiday gets it name because it is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting the Omer.
Poster Tales is a series of Israeli-made posters that originated with the founding of the Jewish state. Each year, Israeli artists submit their posters and designs to be the one selected to feature as Israel's Independence Day image. Each poster - with its vivid imagery, symbols and themes - encapsulates a time and a people that tells the progression of Israel through the decades. Below is a tiny taste of what the curriculum brings.
Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, is Israel's official Memorial Day. To guide your discussion about the magnitude of this day in the lives of Israelis and Jews around the world, please see the many resources below. To begin, please view a short video of teenage Israeli emissaries (shinshinim) speaking about being in America for Yom Hazikaron.
“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
The Passover Seder is a unique opportunity to have an open discussion with your friends, family and loved ones. Below, please find a few suggestions of how to bring Israel into your Passover converstion.
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March is Women in History Month, and in honor of the generations of women who have and continue to impact the State of Israel, below is the story of a young American Jew named Zipporah "Zippy" Porath.
Purim is a time of celebration, but it's also time for self-expression. It gives kids the opportunity to dress up and bring out their creativity and inner voice. We hope the resources below can act as inspiration to extend beyond the holiday this Purim.
Medical Clowning: Using costume for therapy
Click here to view the article from ISRAEL21c