Monthly News from JNF’s Advocacy & Education Department

 

Dear Educators,

 

We hope that everyone enjoyed a meaningful Passover despite our continued time of “social distancing”.  At Jewish National Fund, we continue to create and bring you engaging and meaningful virtual experiences for you and your students.  You can find more information about these opportunities below.

 

This week we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 72nd birthday.  JNF is proud to partner with Jewish Federations of North America and The Israel Agency to virtually celebrate this amazing milestone together this afternoon.  You may participate via clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/609280006321567

  

We would love to hear from you about your goals, how we can help, and what you’d like to receive from this newsletter. If you haven't already, please take less than five minutes to fill out this survey so we can better serve you.

 

We are here for you! Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or needs you may have by emailing [email protected] or giving us a call at 212.879.9305 x245.

 

Stay healthy and safe,

 

The JNF Education Team

 

Celebrate Israel for Kids and Teens!

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Save the date! JNF is hosting a virtual Yom Ha’azmaut program for kids and teens in the U.S. and in Israel on May 14 at 1PM ET. Stay tuned for more info.

Tu BiShvat in the Schools - THANK YOU!


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A huge thank you to all the schools that participated in our Tu BiShvat in the Schools Tree Campaign and planted trees in Israel.  You taught your students and communities the tradition of planting trees in Israel to celebrate Tu BiShvat!  A special thank you to the following schools who qualified for cash prizes based on their volume of planting trees and donations:

 

Level 3- 200+ trees planted

Lehrman Day School                                                               Miami Beach, FL

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School                              Skokie, IL

 

Level 2- 100+ trees planted

Yavneh Academy                                                                      Paramus, NJ

Temple Tifereth Israel Religious School                               Beachwood, OH

Congregation Sha’are Shalom Religious School                 Leesburg, VA

Ann & Nate Levine Academy                                                  Dallas, TX

Strelitz International Academy                                              Virginia Beach, VA

Kinneret Day School                                                                 Bronx, NY

The Epstein School                                                                   Atlanta, GA

Suzy Fischer Early Childhood Academy                               Miami, FL

 

Level 1- 50+ trees planted

Adath Jeshurun Congregation Gan Shelanu Preschool       Hopkins, MN

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School                                     Chicago, IL

Congregation Agudas Achim Religious School                     San Antonio, TX

Scheck Hillel Community School                                            Miami, FL

Temple Kol Ami Emanuel Religious School                           Plantation, FL

Ben Gamla Charter School Palm Beach                                 Boynton Beach, FL

Solomon Schechter Day School                                              Newton Centre, MA

Akiba Yavneh Academy                                                            Dallas, TX

Sababa- Harrisburg Hebrew High School                              Harrisburg, PA

Ann & Nate Levine Academy Early Childhood Center          Dallas, TX

Solomon Schechter Religious School of Queens                   Fresh Meadows, NY

Ganon Gil Preschool of Temple Tifereth Israel                       Beachwood, OH

Temple Shaarei Shalom Religious School                              Boynton Beach, FL

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy                                         Livingston, NJ

Hebrew Academy                                                                       Miami Beach, FL

 

In addition to the cash prizes, every school that sold at least one tree was entered into a raffle to win two tickets to Israel. 

 

Congratulations to Congregation B’nai Yisrael Religious School in Armonk, NY for winning the raffle!!

 

 

Israel Education Online

 

 

Virtual lessons about Israel and Judaism live, every day Monday-Thursday at 1pm ET. Israel Education Online provides students and adults with engaging Israel-related content on various topics, taught by our knowledgeable and passionate AMHSI teachers. Click here for our playlist of past videos.

 

Schedule:

 

Monday, May 4
1PM ET
The Land of Israel: A Good Place to Converge
With Elhanan Brown

Tuesday, May 5
1PM ET
Myth and Meaning in Torah
With Reuven Spiro

Wednesday, May 6
1PM ET

TBD
With Doni Kandel


Thursday, May 7

1PM ET

King David: Hero or Villain?
With Lisa Biton

 

Just click on the ZOOM link for every call to join us! We can’t wait to see you!

 

https://jnf.zoom.us/j/769961741

 

or by phone:

Dial +1(646)876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 769 961 741 # US (New York)

Dial +1(312)626-6799 and enter Meeting ID 769 961 741 # US (Chicago)

 

JNF On Demand

 

Live videos every weekday from prominent speakers. Check out our schedule and tune in here!

Educators Mission to Israel

 

In the spirit of supreme optimism, we’re still planning that we will be able to travel to Israel this summer! Applications are open for the JNF-USA Summer Educators Mission to Israel to attend the KKL World Education Conference July 13-19th. Connect with educators around the world while learning about Eco-Zionism and the connection between Judaism, Israel, and the environment.

 

Other trip highlights include:

 

·       Touring JNF sites, heritage sites, and historical sites of the Jewish people

·       Attending workshops, lectures, and discussions on the current challenges in Israel education

·       Gaining exposure to JNF’s educational activities and materials

·       Networking with 200+ educators from around the world

 

The mission is open to eligible educators from Jewish day schools, supplemental religious schools, Jewish camps, youth groups, and other Jewish school settings. Preference will be given to those educators who work with middle and high school students.

 

The cost is $200 per educator, with airfare not included. All other land costs are covered.

 

To learn more about the mission, click here.

 

For questions, contact Anne Greenspoon at [email protected] or 410.486.3317 x835 or Zohar Vloski at [email protected] or 561.447.9733 x898.

 

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

AMHSI

 

Know a teen who should study abroad in Israel? Applications are now open for the Fall 2020 sessions! Choose from a semester session, October or December session, or the Impact Fellowship.  For more information, visit amhsi.org, or email Greg Litcofsky at [email protected].

 

 

We Want to Hear From You!

The Education Team would like to know how we can better serve you. Please fill out this survey so we can get to know you and your needs.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with questions, comments, or just to say hello!

PLANT TREES IN ISRAEL