The Power of the Powerless

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Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
December 9, 2014

One aspect of the Torah that has always intrigued me is the way in which its authors recognize the constraints of the society in which they live, and push against those constraints, even if they cannot imagine doing away with them altogether. Embedded within this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev, is just such a story, plunked […]

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Day 8: “Connection”

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Director, Temple Beth Avodah Preschool
February 20, 2014

In one of our last activities on our seminar we were asked to come up with “our word”. The activity was a mind body experience and an example of an activity for children in an immigration center in Haifa for Ethiopians. The word is supposed to stay with you and you can return to it […]

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Day 7: Happy Hearts in Haifa

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Director of Programs, The Gelfand Family Charitable Trust
February 17, 2014

On our first evening in Tel Aviv on our way to dinner at Maganda Restaurant, we happened upon happy hearts painted in a plethora of colors on a wall of a neighborhood home. In my mind, this set the theme for our journey. Thirteen magical rainbow hearts brought together for laughter, learning, and adventure. All […]

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Days 5-6: Nir Etzion a Shabbat to Remember

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Assistant Director, CJP Initiative for Day School Excellence
February 16, 2014

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a lovely morning touring the amazing Roman ruins at Tzippori – we saw intricate mosaics that gave us a sense of just how grand the buildings must have been here. We saw the remains of a beautiful palace that just might have the home of Yehudah Ha Nasi – […]

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Day 4: Powerful Places and People

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Director, Yal-Day-New Day Care Center, Inc.
February 13, 2014

Many of us have used a beauty product derived from the Dead Sea whether we have known the origin of the product. Today, I had the authentic experience by slathering the Dead Sea clay all over my body and floating for over an hour effortlessly in beautiful weather. As I was surrounded by colleagues whom […]

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Day 3: People and Impressions of Jerusalem

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February 12, 2014

Today was a day to explore Jerusalem and its people. We began this beautiful day at Yemin Moshe at the Montefiore Windmill, which has recently been renovated using its original plans. Walking past the Tower of David, we paused for a moment to consider the poem “Tourists” by Yehudah Amichai. This was a profound reminder […]

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Day 2: Beginnings

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February 11, 2014

Every person, every place, every idea has a beginning. In the field of early education, every teacher will tell you about the importance of a strong beginning. It is this base that provides the foundation for the future. And this idea of beginnings was a theme I found myself returning to over and over again […]

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Day 1: Food Glorious Food

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February 10, 2014

After traveling 24 hours we have finally arrived at the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv. We made a short stop in Jaffa where we watched the sun set and ate some oranges while our tour guide, Kayla educated us on the history of Jaffa and the oranges. We stopped for a delicious dinner at restaurant […]

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Next week in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute, Hula Valley and much more…

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Director of the Early Childhood Institute, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
February 3, 2014

Shalom and welcome to “Educational Exploration of Israel.” On February 9, 2014 a group of 14 early childhood educators and STEM professionals from the Boston area will travel together to Israel. We will explore the old and the new, nature, educational settings, STEM education, innovation and much more. We will spend time with our partners […]

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