Moving Israel Education – opening remarks

Moving Israel Education – opening remarks

“You will have seen that the publicity design for this Global Jewish Forum on Israel Education is based on the format of Waze.

Waze is an Israeli hi-tech invention recently bought by Google for over a billion dollars. It’s a mobile application that works as a sophisticated GPS navigator.

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You key in your destination.

It immediately recognizes where you are.

It maps the fastest route for you to reach your destination – but not only by looking at the map.

It also gathers information from all the other users of Waze at that moment, so as to gain an up-to-date picture of where there are traffic hold-ups – and it alters your route accordingly.

Today’s Global Jewish Forum, designed by Makom, the Jewish Agency’s Israel Education Lab, is built on the same principle as Waze.

When looking at Israel Education throughout the world – where are we? What is our starting position? Where would we like to get to?

It’s no good hoping to get somewhere while keying in a different place altogether.

And finally, what are the obstacles in the way of our reaching our destination, and how can they be avoided or overcome?

Just as with Waze, this final question of obstacles can only be answered through the shared information and shared perspectives of everyone else out on the highways and byways of Jewish life.

This morning we’ll be gathering a picture of where we’re at from Dr Alex Pomson, we’ll have the chance to share our ideas of destinations and obstacles in small group discussions, and then we’ll get the chance to hear some key practitioners working through their journeys.

Nesiya tova.”

Global Jewish Forum

MAKOM - Global Jewish forumWhere the Jewish Agency gathers Jewish leaders from around the world for deep consideration of the pressing issues of the Jewish People. Makom designs and facilitates a day dedicated to moving beyond the communal headlines to examine the deep issues that drive them. At the GJF International Jewish leaders deliberately does not take decisions, but together decides to deliberate… Young committed adults sit around the table with institutional leaders, sharing perspectives and gaining understanding.

Moving Israel Education

Introduction on behalf of the Assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel:
Rabbi Bennett Miller, Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and Senior Rabbi at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ.
Kathy Manning, member of the Makom Committee, and immediate past Chair of the Board of Jewish Federations of North America

Click here for the basis of the opening remarks

The Makom Matrix of Israel Engagement: 
Robbie Gringras

Click here for a full video explaining the Makom Matrix
Click here for a short written explanation

What’s going on with our kids? 
Dr. Alex Pomson 
Videos and small group discussions
“It’s more complicated than that” 
Robbie Gringras

Click here for the original text

Open Salon conversation moderated by Yonatan Ariel
Dyonna Ginsberg, Director of Service Learning, Jewish Agency for Israel 
Simon Klarfeld, Director of Young Judea 
Dr Zohar Raviv, International VP for Education Birthright Taglit 
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Social Media Editor, Times of Israel

Click here to download the live projected notes that were taken during the Open Salon

Summing up: 
John Ruskay, Executive Vice-President and CEO, UJA-Federation of New York
Closing remarks: 
Natan Sharansky, Chair of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel

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