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The Shalom Hartman Institute is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Smith Experimental High School for Boys has won the National Education Award, one of the highest possible honors that can be conferred upon an academic institution in Israel. A number of schools are selected for the award in each category. The Smith High School is in the religious school system category.

Read more about the award here.

קרא על הפרס בעברית

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September 1 is the traditional opening day for schools in Israel, and this year, everything got going smoothly at the Shalom Hartman Institute High Schools – separate schools in two locations – for boys and girls from grades 7-12.

The public education system in Israel is under significant stress, but optimism at the beginning of the school year is an annual events, and politicians like Prime Minister Netanyahu made the rounds.

At the Hartman Boys Middle School (7th and 8th grades) demand brought about creation of a third class.

Hartman Institute will also be involved with dozens of other schools across Israel, through the Be’eri program, which provides needed instruction in Judaism, Jewish history and culture, to students at “secular” Israeli high schools. And the Hartman Institute also will have a hand in improving the training and skills of teachers at North American Jewish schools through the rapidly growing Melamdim program.

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A new survey reported here has found that the current generation of Israelis has a weak – to be charitable – knowledge of Judaism. According to the article:

The survey revealed that 80% of secular Israelis and 59% of Israelis overall define their level of Judaic knowledge and Jewish heritage as mediocre or lower. The percentage claiming a low level of knowledge was relatively high among adults over age 55 (21%), among Jews of Ashkenazi descent (22%), and among those with above-average incomes (20%)….

Among secular Israelis who define their level of knowledge as low, only 25% want to expand their Judaic knowledge.

But nearly half (43%) of all secular Israelis want to increase their knowledge of Judaism and Jewish sources, with many citing such options as a secular beit midrash (Torah study center) (15%) or Jewish academic institutions (14%).

The Hartman Institute’s Be’eri program – now encompassing 50,000 Israeli students in so-called “secular” high schools across the country – teaches Judaism, Jewish culture, Jewish history, Jewish tradition, and Jewish thought without adding on requirements of observance. The program is wildly popular among students (see the video from a visit the Be’eri students made to Hartman Institute last winter), and is set to expand to thousands of additional students in coming years. For more information on Be’eri, write to us at the Hartman Institute.

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Brian Blum, a Jerusalem-based writer, blogger, editor, and web entrepreneur, writes lyrically about his son’s graduation from Charles E. Smith High School for Boys at Shalom Hartman Institute, gives us a little bit of Rabbi David Hartman’s talk to the graduates and a brief video, as well.

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Students from the Charles E. Smith High School for Boys at the Hartman Institute have been winners recently in two challenging, yet different competitions.

Shlomo Roiter, a 12th grader, won an Honorable Mention in an essay-writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on U.S.-Israel relations after 60 years. The English-language essay is available to read here.

Ariel Abramowitz, an eighth grader, won fifth place in a preparatory round for a national geography studies contest, and a place in the regional finals. Ariel’s progress in the recent round was avidly followed in the school.

If Ariel survives into the final, national round, he will be in line for prizes, as well as national exposure – the contest finals will be televised. We have it from reliable sources that Ariel spends a great deal of time with his atlas, and is knowledgeable both in Israeli geography, as well as global data. We’ll update you on Ariel’s progress, as we get it.

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