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Between Unity and Uniformity: The Many Lenses of Israel Education

February 2015
By The iCenter

Dr. Zohar Raviv, International VP of Education for Taglit-Birthright Israel, challenges us to think about and understand the many landscapes of Israel and Israel education in this latest ELI talks.

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ELI talks - Contemporary Israel: A Language of People and Sounds

January 2015
By The iCenter

Udi Krauss, a musician and Israel educator, shares the importance of Hebrew, mifgashim and connecting to contemporary Israel in this ELI talks sponsored by the iCenter.

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יום הולדת שמח - "Happy Birthday" Ben Yehuda

January 2015
By Alex Feder

by Alex Feder and Binnie Swislow

Getting within earshot of a group of people during a vacation in Costa Rica, wondering who they are and where they are from, a huge smile and feeling of home comes over me as I recognize they are speaking Hebrew. I know them, but have never met them before. So what is it that makes me feel that we share something?

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How Our Life Experiences Inform Our Teaching: An iFellow Reflection

December 2014
By Yael Dadoun

Recently, I came upon a video showing non-Jewish people trying “Jewish food” for the first time. Inevitably, aside from matzo ball soup, the food elicited general reactions of disgust and “yuckiness” - chopped liver, gefilte fish and so on.

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Light in the Darkness: A Chanukkah Story

November 2014
By Alex Feder

Most people know that the phrase “Festival of Lights” refers to Chanukkah, but it took a special experience in Jerusalem’s central bus station for me to really grasp the meaning.

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Time-Related Events, Timeless Reflection

November 2014
By Shalom Orzach

On Tuesday, November 18, terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, brutally murdering five men and injuring others. Shalom Orzach reflects on the timeless lessons in the wake of this shocking and devastating event.

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A Reflection on Taglit Fellows, Cohort I

October 2014
By Sammy Kanter

Reposted from JewishCincinnati.org

My mind is still reeling with inspiration and possibility after the first cohort of Taglit Fellows. The Taglit Fellows program is an intensive, professional development conference for experiential Jewish educators and professionals to prepare to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips.

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Big Questions, Little Kids - "What does a Shofar sound like?"

September 2014
By The iCenter

We asked several kindergarten kids what a Shofar sounds like. Here's the adorable response...

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Now Is The Time: An Opportunity for Deeper Israel Education

September 2014
By Ariel Naveh

Also featured in eJP

On October 16, 1973, as Jews all over gathered together to ask for redemption, the world changed. That evening, Egyptian and Syrian forces led surprise attacks on the Northern and Southern borders of Israel, beginning the war that would change the scope and perspective of Israeli society in ways that we are still feeling to this day.

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A Beacon in Times of Despair

August 2014
By Devorah Levine Katz

When Barak ben Avinoam is about to head into battle, he offers up this bizarre ultimatum to Devorah, the prophetess and judge of the time. “Come with me to the battlefield,” he says, “or I’m not going.” It is quite literally the last thing you would expect to leave the lips of a commander, a military man.

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