Israeli Educators Attend Peoplehood Program at HUC-JIR/NY

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Israeli educators and educators from Westchester’s Partnership 2000-International Connection Program visited the New York campus on December 10th for a learning session on Jewish Peoplehood, taught by New York School of Education faculty Dr. Lisa Grant and Professor Jo Kay. The participants shared their understandings of peoplehood, and studied the peoplehood perspectives as articulated by several educational professionals from Israel and the United States. The reflected on a Yehuda Amichai poem as it related to peoplehood and developed new personal definitions. The program concluded with an overview of "frameworks for strategic thinking about Jewish peoplehood," which had been commissioned by the NADAV Fund. A tour of the Agam windows in the Petrie Synagogue, followed by Curator Laura Kruger’s tour of “I.B. Singer and His Artists” and Mirta Kupferminc: Wanderings” at the HUC-JIR Museum offered yet another perspective on the cultural expressions of Jewish peoplehood. The educators were in New York for a week of study and interaction with colleagues from the Westchester community, through visits to congregations and day schools.


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