Women and Democracy in Israel and Zionist history

 

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We created a brief informative slideshow on the nature of Women’s involvement in the democracy of the Zionist movement, and in Israel – including comparisons with other countries, and specific details on the 2015 elections. Feel free to make use!

Click on the Slideshare icon (above right) to reach the download button.

The Video page for the Israeli Elections 2015

 

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Here is an ever-growing collection of videos that may be useful for you to understand or teach about Israel’s 2015 elections.

Here is our explanation for our 4HQ approach to the elections.

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90 seconds of 90 days. This was the 90 second comedy prediction of journalist Amit Segal, 90 days before election day.

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4HQ Elections Slogans Game

 

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This is an activity you can run with teens and older, about the Israeli Elections.

This can be a stand-alone, or something that you run as part of an Israel Elections “Happening”.

Click here to download the A4 version

Click here to download the Letter version

Elections 2015 – The Makom Dilemma Cards

 

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First of all, print out the cards, double-sided.

 

How to play:

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Part 1: Justice and Responsibility

 

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Part 2: Shabbat

 

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Part 3: To Be a Free People in One’s Land

 

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Hanukkah songs and Jewish Peoplehood

 

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We know that the ‘shin’ and the ‘peh’ are different on the dreidel, but beyond that?

What are the significant differences between the Hanukkah songs we sing in North America, and in Israel?

A text/song study for your free use.

A different Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

 

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Yom HaZikaron is often a complicated ceremony to program outside of Israel. Local Israelis in the community will often feel the need to share their unique feelings on the one hand, and yet find themselves questioning the possibility that non-Israelis might fully understand them on the other hand. Non-Israelis will often feel the need to share in the ceremony and identify fully, whilst at the same time feeling emotionally detached or even alienated. It is a very sensitive day!

We share with you a ceremony that we created for JW3 in London, with the help of the animation films made by Bet Avi Chai. We looked to build a ceremony that placed its emphasis on the pain and loss of the civilian survivors, and less on the war-time experience of the fighters. In this way we believe there is more potential for a shared emotional common ground.

 

You will need to download this powerpoint to your computer for the videos to play.

This is the text.

Israel Education in United Kingdom – Makom Report

 

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In 2013 Makom was commissioned by Pears Foundation to research and write a report into Israel Education taking place in the UK Jewish community.

You are invited to read the entire report here, and join the facebook page discussing the report here.

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Below are the five recommendations we offered in the executive summary of the report: 

1.      Rethinking the Israel-engaged Jew

There is a lack of understanding as to what we are aiming toward. Why does Israel matter to Jewish life? What are our ultimate goals? Israel Education in the UK is an interwoven eco-system, that can be best influenced when driven by a rigorous ongoing sophisticated process of goals articulation.

Establish a think-tank process for leaders to develop their dynamic and evolving definition of the ideal “graduates” of Israel Education. This will act as the North Star for all ensuing enterprises, aiming not for a lowest common denominator but for the highest common factor in Israel educational endeavours. 

2.     Realising Israel Tour

The place of Israel Tour in the eco-system of Israel Education should be recalibrated to acknowledge changes in Israel and in Jewish life for 16 years olds in the UK. 

Rather than relating to Israel Tour as the primary hook on which to hang our Israel Education hopes, we recommend the development of a range of interventions, of which the Israel Tour would be a fundamental component. Israel Tour should then act as the anchoring experience for a broad range of Israel education interventions, including a flagship Israel education festival for pre-University students. 

3.     Reimagining Long-term Immersive Programmes in Israel

The dramatic fall in the numbers of Israel Gap Year participants is extremely serious, bringing with it long-term damage to the future leadership of the community. 

We recommend convening an incubator process involving all stakeholders, to seriously and fundamentally alter the nature and structure of Long-term Programmes in Israel. This incubator would include a Summit, where participants would thrash out a radical approach to long-term programmes according to what we call the 4 c’s – Convictions, Connections, Content, and Conversation. 

4.     Embracing the vibrant complexity of Israel

Complexity tends to be approached with trepidation, through the lens of politics in the public Jewish discourse. We would instead recommend galloping towards complexity with the energy of the arts and public celebrations. 

  1. a.    Celebration Recommendation

The inauguration of an Israel Festival, that empowers people and groups in the community to celebrate NGOs in Israel that inspire them and give them hope for Israel’s future, while reinvigorating the language of Partnership. 

  1. b.   Arts Recommendation:

The community should work to maximize the multi-dimensional role that Israeli arts can play throughout the community’s interactions with Israel, presenting Israel’s complexities in inspiring ways. Educational opportunities abound, but are as yet to be taken up. To this end we recommend the creation of the position of an Israel Arts and Education Coordinator. 

5.     Enhancing professional capacity

To enable the adoption and creative implementation of the visions that are articulated as a consequence of Recommendation 1, there is a need for a portfolio for Israel Education Training and Development. Teachers and youth and community educators need the professional opportunities to expand their own knowledge, develop their own educational stances, and create and use programming that speaks to the sophisticated ideas and realities of contemporary Israel. This function would coordinate and expand training opportunities, and would also lead the drive for the creation of a GCSE in Israel Studies.

 

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