Israel Education in the U.S.
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JNF Ambassadors is a program designed to engage volunteers to provide schools with a direct and meaningful link to Israel and Jewish National Fund. Two volunteers from every school will be chosen as a JNF Ambassador, one administrator and one parent or teacher (nominated by the administrator). JNF Ambassadors will receive a stipend to attend the 2009 TEVA Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education during which time they will participate in a formal JNF training program, receive resources and materials, and have the opportunity to take part in the conference at large. Throughout the school year JNF Ambassadors will be provided with monthly action items which they will bring to their school to integrate Israel education into the curriculum in a timely and meaningful way. Click here to download an application or contact Michelle Beller at 703-888-2235 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
YourPage for Teachers and Families
Teachers, youth leaders, parents and students can find games, puzzles, stories, crafts and recipes for the classroom, youth groups and camps. Educational tools on everything from Jewish holidays, Israel, conservation, Shabbat and more! Click here. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Plant Your Way to Israel
JNF’s Plant Your Way to Israel program allows students to raise money toward a trip to Israel by raising funds for forestry projects in Israel. Half of the donation will go to JNF to plant trees in Israel, and the other half will be placed in a special account on the student’s behalf to be redeemed to help pay for a trip to Israel with family, a youth group or school. Click here to learn more. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
A New Leaf and Growing UP! Newsletters
A New Leaf is a colorful educational newsletter for students in grades 1-4, provided by generous JNF donors at no cost to schools, three times a year. It features stories, games, puzzles, crafts and recipes. Growing UP! is a newsletter for bar and bat mitzvah-age students stressing Jewish values and active responsibility also provided at no cost to schools. To order, contact us at email@example.com. For funding opportunities, download A New Leaf pdf; download Growing UP! pdf.
Blue Box Bob
Parent or teacher volunteers dressed as Blue Box Bob visit students in grades pre-K - 4, connecting them to modern Israel while teaching the history of our homeland with age-appropriate educational materials. Sign up for the Blue Box Bob Birthday Club! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
For funding opportunities, download pdf.
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World Water Monitoring Day
October 18th has been declared International World Water Monitoring Day. JNF, through a grant from the United States Forest Service, encourages schools throughout the US and Israel to participate in this exciting program. To register, go to www.jnf.org/wwmd. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Tu BiShvat in the Schools
Celebrating the New Year for Trees is a great way for students to connect with the land of Israel. Observe the holiday by planting trees in Israel. Then hold a Tu Bi’Shvat seder with the special JNF Haggadah available online, students have the opportunity to learn about the spiritual and environmental significance of Tu BiShvat. To register, go to www.jnf.org/tbschools. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Let Us Play!
Last year 200 schools from across the country raised over $130,000 to help the children of Sderot by building the JNF Sderot Recreation Center. Although the Center is now open and providing a safe place to play for 600 kids and community members each day, the work is far from complete. Continue the work you started last year or begin a tzedakah initiative to raise funds for needed toys, games, books, art materials, special programming and classes, therapy sessions and other resources for this important Recreation Center. This will be your school’s Chanukah gift to the children of Sderot. Sign-up and learn more at www.jnf.org/letusplay
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day
For your school’s own Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, we provide a variety of materials including stickers, Israeli flags, songs, games, and a Yom Ha’atzmaut Haggadah. To find out more about our materials, e-mail us at email@example.com, or call (212) 879-9305 x263.
JNF B'nai Mitzvah Guide
JNF offers you a variety of unique ways to celebrate your child’s bar/bat mitzvah, including customized invitations for your simcha that enable you to honor your guests by planting trees in Israel, an inscription in the JNF Honor Book in Jerusalem, and a dedication on the B’nai Mitzvah Remembrance Wall at American Independence Park near Jerusalem. Learn more at www.jnf.org/simcha. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Make your Special Day Unforgettable with JNF
Your bar/bat mitzvah is one of the most joyous occasions in your family’s history. JNF knows that you want this day to be meaningful and memorable. That’s why Jewish National Fund offers you a variety of unique ways to celebrate this milestone.
Please see a complete listing of our various B’nai Mitzvah programs below, or request a JNF B’nai Mitzvah Program Guide, free of charge. - click here
Gibborim: Military Heroes Tell the Story of Our Homeland
Gibborim is an education program designed for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The curriculum consists of 10 short biographies of military heroes, each a springboard for learning about a different topic relating to Israel; a timeline; maps and videos. The Educator’s Guide also contains activities and additional resources for study. The educational components can be used as individual lessons or as part of a large ongoing learning opportunity. Materials are available for download at www.jnf.org/gibborim.
GoNeutral Education Programs
Students participating in JNF GoNeutral education programs (JNF Green Corps for middle school, JNF Green Team for high school, JNF on Campus for college) receive the Green Times Newsletter six times a year; learn about environmental issues; and work together on tikkun olam projects both locally and in Israel.
Caravan for Democracy, High School Edition
Caravan for Democracy High School Edition prepares Jewish teens for the anti-Israel sentiment they may face on their future college campuses. The program empowers teens with concrete skills, advocacy training and the ability to respond to anti-Israel rhetoric in an intelligent and informed manner. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education
JNF is proud to partner with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel in Hod Hasharon, Israel to promote participation in this outstanding eight-week fully accredited high school program offered five times a year for high school students. To learn more, visit www.amhsi.org. For funding opportunities, download pdf. The Milton Shapiro Scholarship Fund is proud to offer scholarships for students participating in AMHSI. Click here to learn more and for application instructions.
Caravan for Democracy
Caravan for Democracy drives constructive dialogue on college campuses throughout the United States by bringing different speakers from Israel and the U.S. to discuss the challenges Israel faces as the only democracy in the Middle East. Caravan for Democracy provides access to resources and opinions to encourage critical thinking about the issues affecting Israel, its commitment to peace, how it is covered in the media and its unique role in the region. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Taglit-Birthright Israel: JNF/Shorashim Trips
Join JNF and Shorashim on your first trip to Israel! If you are between the ages of 18-26 and have never been on a peer trip to Israel, don’t miss this opportunity for a free 10-day Israel experience through Taglit-Birthright Israel. Enjoy the great outdoors of Israel, vist all of the amazing first-time sites, and experience Israel with Israelis!
Sign up for trips in the summer and winter at www.shorashim.org.
Alternative Spring Break
Make your spring break meaningful with JNF! Answering the needs of the Jewish homeland, JNF sends college students and young adults to volunteer during their vacations, providing direct service and helping to build Israel through JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign. To register, go to www.jnf.org/asb. For funding opportunities, download pdf.
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)
Colleges are the new front lines for the battle for Israel. SPME was founded by a group of concerned college professors and intellectuals to promote Israel's right to live in peace with its neighbors. Today, close to 40 campuses have active local SPME chapters, helping educate faculty to be mentors and resources for colleagues, students, campus professionals and community members. To learn more about funding opportunties, download pdf. To donate to SPME, click here.
JNF and the Environment on Campus
JNF provides a unique opportunity for college students to connect to Israel through our role as a global environmental leader. JNF provides a campus Tu BiShvat seder and program guide to help students celebrate the holiday and continue the Jewish tradition of planting trees in Israel. Students can also receive bimonthly e-newsletters and meet with environmental leaders. Download this PDF to learn more about the program.
Sderot Playground “Let Us Play” Campus Campaign
Over the past few years, the Israeli communities on the border with Gaza have endured continual Kassam rocket attacks. In March 2009, JNF opened an all-inclusive Indoor Recreational Center to provide Sderot's youth with a place to have fun, connect with friends and be children beyond the conflict.
JNF’s “Let Us Play!” on Campus Campaign encourages students to raise money to support the operation of this facility which includes video and sports equipment, art and dance classes, as well as general maintenance and upkeep. To learn more about this program, download this PDF.
For more information and to find out how we can partner with your congregation, click here.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-879-9305 ext. 263.
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