Certificates for Graduates in Pluralistic Jewish Education Presented at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Ordination and Academic Convocation

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion held its Ordination and Academic Convocation on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 13 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel.  Please click here to view the 2010 program.

Certificates for graduates in Pluralistic Jewish Education, part of the Master’s Program in Jewish Education in partnership with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, were presented to:
Adi Apple-Tal
Michal Burstein-Azrieli
Shaked Getraide
Bat Ami Legman
Noa Mazor
Haim Shalom

Dr. Michal Muszkat Barkan, Director of the Department of Education and Professional Development at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, presented an introduction. 

This program is part of a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from the Melton Centre for Jewish Education of the Hebrew University.

Adi Apple-Tal is the supervisor for Jewish education programs for the Department of Education of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, writing and developing programs, as well. "For me, Judaism is the anchor to value-oriented-educational action, combining Torah - innovative and creative involvement with the Jewish sources, assiya (doing) - education in ritual and praying, and "gemilut hasadim (giving) – the individual is part of a community and his/her fulfillment becomes possible through doing for others."  

Michal Burstein-Azrieli teaches history and is a homeroom teacher of twelfth grade at the Leo Baeck High School in Haifa. She believes that the values inherent in Judaism, specifically those related to diversity and multi-culturalism, must be brought into the Israeli school system.

Shaked Getraide was the national leadership training coordinator of the Bnei-Hamoshavim Division and has been involved in informal education in several training and management positions for fifteen years. He is now head of the Department of Jewish Identity Programs for Israeli soldiers at Beit-Morasha. Shaked is married to Ruth and is the father of Naama and Adi.

Noa Mazor is a Jewish philosophy teacher at Ma'ale Shaharut High School on Kibbutz Yotvata. She is a member of Kibbutz Ketura and is on the educational team of Keren Kolot for educational tourism at the Kibbutz. Her dream is to make Judaism more relevant and significant within Israeli society through pluralistic Jewish education.

Bat Ami Legman is the principal of the Metarim Pluralistic Elementary School in Beer Sheba. She was a high school civics teacher, supervisor, and homeroom teacher at the Rabin High School in Kiryat Gat. "I think that the way to tolerance begins with education," she says. "Therefore I see great significance in our responsibility as educators to build a firm foundation of values and knowledge in order to enable our children to grow in their tolerance toward others."

Bat Ami Legman is the principal of the Metarim Pluralistic Elementary School in Beer Sheba. She was a high school civics teacher, supervisor and homeroom teacher at the Rabin High School in Kiryat Gat. "I think that the way to tolerance begins with education," she says. "Therefore I see great significance in our responsibility as educators to build a firm foundation of values and knowledge in order to enable our children to grow in their tolerance toward others".


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