Towards What Ideal Do We Strive? A Portrait of Social and Symbolic Engagement with Israel in Jewish Community Day Schools

By Ezra Kopelowitz

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), RAVSAK, March 24, 2005

What is the place of education about Israel in the life of a Jewish Community Day School in North America? And, what if anything should be done to improve Israel engagement in the Jewish Community Day School? To answer these questions, this report begins with the question of why Israel is a subject of interest and concern for a Jewish institution in North America. The report argues that there are two basic types of types of Israel engagement - symbolic and social. Symbolic engagement uses the link to Israel as a means to define the school as a Jewish institution and create a sense of “Jewish transcendence” in that the students in the school will feel that they are part of the larger Jewish People. In contrast, social engagement goes beyond the symbolic level and encourages students to form an ongoing relationship and commitment to Israelis and Israel.

Topic: Israel Education, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Day Schools, Israel Attachment

Funder: Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) , RAVSAK

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Genre: Report

Coverage: North America

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kopelowitz, Ezra. Towards What Ideal Do We Strive? A Portrait of Social and Symbolic Engagement with Israel in Jewish Community Day Schools. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI),RAVSAK. 24 March 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4287


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