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Double Date

In this exciting series, a collaboration between the NLI and with Israel Engagement at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, we offer a glimpse into the alternative Israeli calendar as a means to learn and reflect about the complexities of Israeli society. Throughout the series we will incorporate items from the NLI archive as well as contemporary sources that shed light on various cultural and social issues. In addition, for some of the meetings we will invite guest speakers such as NLI experts, Israeli authors or social activists. Each session will highlight one area and introduce a certain pedagogic tool or framework that educators can experience as learners and in turn implement in their work with their students and congregants.

We encourage you to sign up for the entire series, yet it is possible to partially participate. 

All sessions will take place 3pm-4pm EST

October 21 2020 | Session #1: Rabin Memorial Day
The Grand Conversation: How arguing can help us stay connected
Conducting a discussion and integrating diverse Jewish texts

November 18 2020 | Session #2: Sigd
The Ethiopian community: A Case Study of Tradition and Transition
Facilitating inquiry and research of primary sources

December 9 2020 | Session #3: Novigod
Soviet Jewry: From “Let My People Go” to Generation 1.5
Not only words are texts: Inquiry of primary sources such as photographs and posters.

January 13 2021 | Session #4: International Women’s Day or Yom Hamishpacha?
Feminism in Israel: Then and Now 
Narrative-based Study and story-writing as a reflective tool for students

February 17 2021 | Session #5: Mimunah
Circles of Identity: North African Jewish Communities in Israel
Polls and surveys in the virtual classroom as a way to connect to the broader community

March 17 2021 | Session #6: Memorial and Fast Days
Between Yom Hasho’ah and Yom Hazikaron
The centrality of rituals in Israeli culture and incorporating rituals in learning

April 21 2021 | Double Session
Session #7: Lag Ba’Omer
Bar Kochva and Friends: Messianic Moments in Jewish and Israeli History Gamification as a case study for learning through trial and error

Session #8: Jerusalem Day
Melting pot or Multicultural? Jerusalem as a Microcosm of Israeli Society
Integrating “bite-sized” learning into a “big picture”

Learn more & register here!


January 13, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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