Materials for Campus

The Jewish Community Story

The materials in this curriculum seek to help students understand the history and dynamics of the Jewish community, to help them appreciate the community that surrounds them, and to encourage them to see it as a positive entity that in their deepened understanding and heightened awareness, they might wish to join and in which they might want to play an active part.

The curriculum is made up of four units, which include a total of seventeen distinct lessons/chapters.

Click here to download the Introduction and Rationale for this curriculum.


UNIT ONE: Today’s Jewish world
UNIT TWO: The Historical Framework for understanding the Story.
UNIT THREE: The Dynamics of Jewish Community
UNIT FOUR: The Community Section

    Introduction to Community Section



Nine Days of We

In this wonderful short interview, Avram Infeld lays out a vision for understanding Yom Ha’atzmaut as part of a process that begins on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 9 days before Yom Ha’atzmaut. 

With this inspiring vision in mind, we offer a variety of programming that might be appropriate for this period in the Jewish calendar. 

TalkSpace Israel

TalkSpace – Creating a place on campus for meaningful conversation about Israel

Talkspace is a ten-session course developed for students and young adults. Ideal for post-birthrighters, this course digs deeper into Israel and Jewish identity. Demanding yet engaging, activities involve multi-media, discussion, and values exploration. Talkspace has already been implemented very successfully in several Hillel’s in North America.

 Click here for printable pdf.

Table of Contents

  1. Israel As We See It: Establishing a Baseline of Personal Connections to Israel
  2. Land & People: Connection & Ambivalence
  3. Our Jewishness & the Jewishness of Israelis: Can Judaism Be Defined?
  4. Beyond Israel: Zionism‘s Impact on Jewishness Everywhere
  5. Immigration & Growth: Dreams & Realities
  6. Standing, Not Singing: Israeli Arabs, Hatikvah, and Symbol-Making in the Jewish State
  7. L’Dor va-Dor, From Generation to Generation: Presence of The Conflict in Israeli Society
  8. Israel and the Diaspora(s): Centers and Peripheries of Jewish Life and Thought
  9. Israel Towards the Next Sixty: Old and New Challenges of the 21st Century
  10. Wrapping Up & Moving On: Israel in Our Lives


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