On November 12, 2012, over forty Rhea Hirsch School of Education and New York School of Education alumni gathered for the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Day of Learning with Dr. Lisa Grant (pictured, right) and Professor Sara Lee (pictured, left). Alumni participated in person at the New York campus and connected virtually from the e-classroom at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.
The theme of the day, "Examining the Place of Israel in our Personal and Professional Lives," drew upon the years of experience that Dr. Grant and Professor Lee share from working together to strengthen and enhance Israel education at the College-Institute. Alumni were exposed to texts, photos, and lenses through which to think about both their personal connections and professional stance on Israel.
Mara Braunfeld, Co-Chair of the Day of Learning, explains, "In addition to being a wonderful chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues, the day of learning gave me the gift of time to reflect and consider my own connections to Israel and its role in my life."
It was a wonderful day of collegial learning, sharing, and connecting!
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