HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal

Israel & Zionism Education

Israel & Zionism Education

An attachment to the Jewish state, the main development in Jewish history over the last 2000 years, is central to the mission of Jewish day schools. Implementation, however, often proves challenging, as many schools lack a coherent curriculum or measures for success, or even a clear sense of goals. Authors here articulate visions, suggest ways to develop student knowledge, and describe portals for student connection to contemporary Israeli life and culture.

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The Challenges of Attracting Israelis to Our Day Schools

by Paul Shaviv Mar 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelAdvocacy

Israeli emigrants[1] are now a significant part of every Diaspora community, in some places accounting for 25% or more of the local Jewish population. It has been extremely difficult to recruit them into the Jewish Day school system. Why?

Becoming Student Advocates for Israel

by Ethan Hammerman Mar 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelStudentsAdvocacy

Advocating for Israel is really important. Building up a strong support base at home is the only thing that can solidify support for Israel abroad. Now, especially after the crisis in the Gaza Strip, it is important to show others the truth behind the dark proceedings precipitated by Hamas’s relentless barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel.

Overcoming Media Bias in Telling the Story about Israel: A Primer

by Gary Kenzer Mar 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelPedagogy

You click on any news .com and notice a hot new development in the Mideast. How should you go about analyzing the news report? There are certain questions you can keep in mind that may reveal underlying bias. For example:

Putting the Ideology Back Into Israel Education

by Alick Isaacs Mar 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: IsraelMission & Vision

A great deal has happened in the short time that has elapsed since I first agreed to write this piece. Then again, not everything has changed. The big question—How should we deal with “Israel” in Jewish education?—remains as it was. However, it seems to me that the particular context that makes this question acute at this time is now suddenly redefined both by the ascendance of a new administration in Washington and by the “war” in Gaza.