Shmueli Perkel’s award-winning Musical IQ melds global rhythms and Jewish stories in unique educational program.
Jewish Week Correspondent
On a morning in July at the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn, dozens of energetic children between the ages of 3 and 5 crowded together in one of the music rooms. Shmueli Perkel of Musical IQ stood before them in a circle of small djembes (pronounced JEM-bes, definitive language of origin unknown), or hand drums.
Students in Jewish Lens curriculum shoot the seasons.
At first glance, a photograph of a supermarket shelf full of vegetables, or one of a single tulip at the base of a tree in a snowy field would seem to have no Jewish content. To eighth-grade students at the Hebrew schools of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, L.I., and at the Park Avenue Synagogue, who took part last year in the Jewish Lens curriculum developed by Israeli-born photographer Zion Ozeri, the photographs are full of Jewish content.
Plant Trees, Play Golf: The Jewish National Fund has announced its first-ever International Golf Mission to Israel in October. A national tournament taking place throughout the summer in four different American cities will determine the four winning teams to face off in what JNF is calling the El Al Cup. The winning teams will play for the championship at the Caesarea Golf Club. The mission takes place Oct. 10-15. All other Golf Mission participants will have the opportunity to play in their own tournament, alongside those competing for the El Al Cup.