Navigating challenging conversations around Israel isn't a new concept, but sometimes there is a tendency to focus on the events of the day, rather than the bigger picture. How can we as educators link timely events coming out of Israel—sometimes everyday, it seems—as well as ongoing realities, to the timeless values of our people and our story?
Navigating Challenging Conversations
We should strive to help our learners and ourselves view Israel within a broader, timeless context, to reinforce, and sometimes introduce, our core values and the essence of who we are—as individuals, as a camp community, and as part of the Jewish people.
These tips and best practices can help you create opportunities for staff and older campers to engage around tough issues that most likely are on their minds. We believe they'll appreciate the opportunity to have open, honest, and fair discussions with their peers in their beloved camp home.
Expressions of Values
This exercise is a window into the diversity of thought, perspectives, and narratives that exist at camp and provides a values-based approach to facilitating conversations around such diversity. How can we as educators create the space for multiple narratives within our community? How do we help facilitate conversations that promote the acceptance of diversity and differing expressions?
Exploring how we understand and express values can help us in considering our own connections to Israel. Even when we disagree, we can strive to find common ground and empathize with others when we realize that we share many values. Through this lens, we can gain deeper appreciation and make space for the validity of other perspectives.
- Ahavat Yisrael – Love of the Jewish People
- K'vod Ha'adam – Human Dignity
- Areivut – Interdependence and Inextricability
- Anavah – Humility
- Ometz – Courage
- Hatmada – Steadfastness and Perseverance
- What do each of these values mean to you?
- Where and how might these values be expressed in every day life at camp?
- Where and how might these values be expressed in Israel?
- When might these values come into tension?