International Jewish educators unite to develop Israel studies
Jewish educators from around the world recently took a weeklong trip to Israel, where they met with colleagues from the AMIT network and began developing an Israel studies curriculum to be taught in their schools.
Launched by the LaHaV program in Los Angeles together with AMIT, the initiative is the first worldwide “community” of Jewish educators of its kind. Its goal is to strengthen Jewish identity in the diaspora.
Educators from the U.S., Canada, and Australia worked with their Israeli counterparts to develop a course on Israeli studies that could be taught at Jewish schools and organizations.
They also met with representatives of different sectors of Israeli society to discuss challenges facing Israel, including the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and the ties between religion and state.
The group toured AMIT’s Gogya teacher training center in Ra’anana, where they took part in a workshop about keeping their “community” alive online through virtual meetings.