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In Our Backyard: Israel Education Flourishing in the Bay Area

By Dawne Bear Novicoff on September 19th, 2014

As a mother of two school-aged children, a Jewish foundation professional working in the area of Israel Education, and lover of Israel, this summer’s situation in Israel created many reasons to worry. I worried for friends and family, soldiers and citizens, and victims on all sides. I worried for college students and Hillel professionals preparing to re-populate college campuses across the country. I also worried for my kids—born and raised in San Francisco—who have not yet visited Israel and clearly found the events confusing and scary. Judaic Studies Principal Dan Finkel’s guest blog earlier this month shared how his Bay Area day school—a member of the Jewish LearningWorks BASIS Israel Education Day School Project—is supporting educators to ...More

Sharing with Others: How Model Documentation Leads to Adaptation

By Sandy Edwards on July 8th, 2013

The North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI) has developed a model for a community-wide Jewish teen engagement and education initiative that has evidenced success.   Colleagues from various parts of the country have reached out to Adam Smith, NSTI’s executive director, to find out how they too can implement successful components of the NSTI model.   Adam is happy to engage in conversation and is excited to share.  However, he continues to have obligations to grow and sustain NSTI, so he needs to find a more efficient way of communicating information that would contribute to implementation of NSTI’s model in other communities. To support the dissemination of the NSTI model, documentation of the model has begun. What is model documentation?  It is a description of ...More

Israel Education at a New Stage

By Chip Edelsberg on February 7th, 2013

The Jim Joseph Foundation continually seeks to deepen its knowledge of what constitutes effective Israel education. Within the last few months, several of the Foundation’s investments in Israel education have reached new stages of development. As a result, we have a better understanding of ways in which the Foundation’s philanthropy can help to build a bona fide field of Israel Education. The Foundation’s more than four years of funding for the Bay Area Israel Education Project (known as BASIS) has resulted in the development of an educational model that you will soon be able to access at the Jewish LearningWorks website. This model provides myriad tools for Israel education that day schools - and other educational organizations - can apply to ...More

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