Peoplehood Educational Curricula
ISJPS has designed and created a series of educational curricula to assist educators who are involved in Jewish Peoplehood Studies:
The People of Stories: Gateways to Telling Our Collective Tale
The People of the Book, the People of Stories
The Jewish People are famously known as the “People of the Book.” But what does that actually mean? What has drawn us, generation after generation, to books, and what significance does it have for us as a people?
Whether fiction or non-fiction, sacred or profane, books are about telling stories. The relationship of the Jewish People to books is about the ways in which we attempt, in various different ways and from different perspectives, to discern the type of overarching story that we want to tell about ourselves as a people. We read the Torah to tell us the stories of the creation of our people; we read the stories of rabbis and sages to understand the values that undergird the stories of the Torah and how those values… [CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE]
Museum To Go - an interactive educational mobile museum kit
Replicas of Beit Hatfutsot’s best collections are re-formatted into an interactive educational mobile museum kit, to be enjoyed by your whole community. This resourceful and hands-on project comprises our exhibits: United Colors of Judaica – featuring popular Israeli and international artist Eliahou Eric Bokobza – to deepen discussions on Jewish identity (on display until 2.2.16); Operation Moses – 30 Years Later will be available worldwide after the exhibit’s May 2016 grand opening at Beit Hatfutsot. It will reflect an understanding of the Aliyah of Ethiopian Jews, and the role played by North American Jewry; the Sonnenfeld Collection, which consists of thousands of photographs of historical events spanning decades of Jewish history and people throughout the 20th century, will be used as a tool to explore the facets of Jewish Peoplehood.
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Up, Close and Personal
Articles about Jewish Peoplehood.
Israel as the Vision and Venture of the Jewish People: The Manifest
The enduring understanding of the following narrative is that the State of Israel was envisioned and built by the Jewish People.
Today, however, most young Jews, both in Israel and throughout the Jewish world, view Israel as the “State of the Israelis” and have difficulty grasping the notion of the “State of the Jewish People” altogether. Despite this reality, our belief is that Israel is still conceptually and essentially the State of the Jewish People and can regain that status in the hearts and mind of young Jews if it will return to be the vision and venture of the People.
Our main purpose in offering a current reinterpretation of the narrative of the State of Israel as “the vision and venture of the Jewish people” is to frame the conversation about the future of Israel from a Peoplehood perspective.
Being Citizens: A Jewish and Democratic State
For the first time, the Israeli Civics Curriculum has a state of the art on-line resource for students and teachers highlighting Jewish peoplehood in civic life in Israel.
Peoplehood Now – Haaretz Daily Newspaper produced a special supplement on Jewish peoplehood in collaboration with the School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies.
It is available in a PDF format, divided into 3 sections:
Jews of Struggle: The Jewish Nationalist Movement in the USSR, 1967-1989
“The Jews of Struggle” provides an overview of Jewish national activity in the USSR between 1967 and 1989 and of the international support it received from Israel and world Jewry.
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Jewish Peoplehood: A Profile
An essay in the Jewish Educational Leadership journal, profiling the life work of SJPS director Dr. Shlomi Ravid, written by Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman.