Posts Tagged ‘students’

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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Education of community leaders, rabbis, Jewish education professionals, and, of course, students, among others, are one of the main areas of focus of Shalom Hartman Institute. But we want to help the teachers teach, as well. So, we have created a special “channel” of content on the main Institute website devoted to Education. (more…)

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