A space that provides you the opportunity to share stories, perspectives, and ideas that contribute to the Israel education conversation.
Experiences shape who we are, deepen our relationships, and inspire tradition. For our partner and friend Ilan Vitemberg at Jewish Learning Works, celebrating Purim on his Kibbutz was the one holiday he would give anything to experience. What is it about Purim that is so universally captivating in Israel?
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As educators, we strive to plant ideas and nourish learners. The Festival of Tu B’shvat, the New Year for Trees, offers much more than an opportunity to plant trees and eat fruit. By likening Tu B’shvat to Rosh Hashanah, the start of a “New Year,” the Rabbis intimate a profoundly important idea: The act of planting is an act of faith that embodies hope, prayer, humility, and compassion.+ READ MORE
My family grew up in a moshav in northern Israel – my 5 cousins and their parents. As my cousins are getting older, I find it interesting as to what traditions and customs from their upbringing they choose to carry with them through life. So I asked each of them to share a Sukkot memory that left an impact on them. Below are 5 stories from 5 siblings.+ READ MORE
"Boston to Birthright: A Serendipity Story" by Jonathan Adam Ross
To be clear: I have never been famous. But there was this one time…+ READ MORE
For the past week, I have been surveying the contents of every room I enter: my home, my office, even stores I visit. I take notice of everything below chest level as I walk through – chairs, tables, vacation photo albums, children’s drawings, everything. It took decades to acquire all of these memories and possessions.+ READ MORE
When I was young I visited a museum in Europe that allowed me to experience a reconstructed Viking village. The exhibit was superb. It was so real – even down to the recreated smells! It was this formative experience that made me fall in love with history and archaeology.+ READ MORE
How do we tell the story of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av, the date in which the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed?+ READ MORE
Early in June on a sweltering hot day, I met an old friend in Chicago’s southwest neighborhood of North Lawndale. In this neighborhood – once a hub for Jewish inhabitants many years ago – stands the Theodore Herzl School of Excellence, a most unlikely place to find the name of one of the visionaries of Zionism. But there is a story attached to the name of this school – a story that is both insp+ READ MORE