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Israel Travel Aug 2010

The art of travel, the new Israel Museum and smaller, more intimate art spaces

Israel Travel

Promoting Israel in a Downturn

Special to the Jewish Week

It is somewhat out of the ordinary for The New York Times Travel section to devote two feature articles to a single city within a three-month span. It is even more surprising that the pieces did not focus on a tourism capital like London, Paris or Rome, but instead on a city in the Middle East. Yet, it has happened — to Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital of culture and cosmopolitanism, has garnered much media attention of late.

For Jewish Boarding School, It’s Old Wine In New Bottle

Now a decade old, the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro,
despite growing pains, is hitting its stride.

Special To The Jewish Week

Touring the sites of Riverdale with out-of-town visitors on a recent Shabbat, I noted the scenic campus of the Telshe Yeshiva, an elite academy overlooking the Hudson River educating high school and post-high school budding Talmudic scholars. Virtually all students are out-of-towners, who, together with their prestigious faculty, are creating a haredi community in many ways dissonant yet coexisting with Riverdale’s Modern Orthodox subculture.

AMIT Students Garner Top Physics Honors

Staff Writer

Three students at the AMIT Junior and Senior High School in Beersheva, Israel, won first, second and fourth place awards at the recent First Step to the Nobel Prize in Physics competition held in Warsaw, Poland. This is the third straight year that an AMIT student from Beersheva captured one of the gold medals in the prestigious competition.

This year’s event brought together teams of high school students from the United States, China and throughout Europe. The students submit projects that are then judged by professors of physics for originally and academic excellence.

Brandman To Give $8 Million To Hebrew U. For Lab

Staff Writer

 JTA — The widow of real estate mogul Saul Brandman said she was giving $8 million to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Joyce Brandman announced Aug. 12 that the donation through the university’s American fund-raising arm in New York will go to build a laboratory research center on the Givat Ram campus. The center will focus on the school’s chemistry, biology, physics and pharmacology programs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The ABCs Of American Jewry

Study of American Jews making its way into Israeli schools.


 Tel Aviv – The Jews of America may be the largest Jewish community in the diaspora, but that does not mean Israeli schoolchildren learn much about them.

Sixty-two years after Israel’s founding, its school system still largely sticks to the Zionist trope that all Jews should live in Israel and those who do not at the very least should be actively engaged in helping support the Jewish state. In turn, there is scant study of contemporary Jewish life in America.

Changes At The David Project

With hiring of AJC veteran, the pro-Israel campus group
looking to strengthen its mainstream status.



Washington — In a continuing bid to transition from campus rabble rousers to more mainstream educators, The David Project has hired a Jewish establishment veteran to guide the pro-Israel campus organization.


In recent years The David Project has expanded from its original mission — confronting what it identified as radically anti-Israel groups on campus — to educating Jewish students on Israel.

Finding Israel’s New Heroes In The Lab

Special To The Jewish Week

I am searching for a few good heroes, specifically Jewish heroes. This search has taken on new urgency recently, after Israel’s interception of the Gaza-bound boats unleashed a new flotilla of Israel bashing. The search is also driven by concern with growing rifts within the American Jewish community, a community no longer united in its view of Israel as always admirable in its public policy and conduct. Many communal leaders still long for the days of David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir and Abba Eban.

Israel Behind The ‘Inclusion’ Curve

While some educators believe the country’s model
for special education is antiquated, parents don’t seem
to be clamoring for more mainstreaming.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — “Inclusion,” the modern term for “mainstreaming,” is the dream of many parents of special needs children. With the right resources, they say, even children with severe disabilities can often sit alongside their “typical” peers and learn in the same classroom.

While some physically disabled Israeli children are benefiting from inclusion, the American model of full inclusion isn’t the norm here, according to educators.

Children with special needs and typically developing kids playing together at Shutaf’s inclusive summer camp in Jerusalem.

Claremont’s Interfaith Experiment

In Los Angeles, future rabbis, imams and
ministers will train together.

Staff Writer

 During her two years of rabbinical studies in Los Angeles, Claire Gorfinkel has sat in all-Jewish classrooms.

This year, some of her classmates will be Methodists.

Gorfinkel, a 65-year-old retiree from a job “in the world of social change” who is studying for the chaplaincy at the Los Angeles branch of the Academy for Jewish Religion, will be part of a historic program that starts in the fall semester.

Academy of Jewish Religion rabbinical student Claire Gorfinkel,
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