Learning about Israel

August 5, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israel-based Unpacked for Educators has launched the first of its kind, international, inter-denominational program comprising fifty schools from seven countries across the world including Australia.

Dr. Noam Weissman

Among the other countries involved are UK, USA, Israel, Canada, Hungary and South Africa.

Currently, there isn’t one unified, shared language or media in how to approach nuanced, education on Israel.

Many educators are essentially, in their own silo, left up to their own devices and technological prowess to develop Israel education curricula and coursework to engage and connect with their students.

This leads educators to constantly ‘reinvent the wheel’ as they work out the right approach and materials for each and every issue.

Among the schools participating in the 2020/2021 program are:

  • Leibler Yavneh College – Melbourne
  • Mount Scopus Memorial College – Melbourne
  • Carmel School – Perth
  • Moriah College – Sydney

The aim of the 2020/2021 Partner-School Program is to strengthen education about Israel in Jewish schools around the world.

This international community will be at the forefront of digital education, working together to create a shared language for how to teach about Israel.

Unpacked for Educators is a division of OpenDor Media a leader in digital education and innovation for Israel and Jewish content. The educators in the program will receive complete access to OpenDor Media’s powerful and unique video content in addition to professional development, networking and expert support.

“The partner school program has been a great way to connect with the community of Israel educators from around the world,” asserts Hona Dodge, Secondary Jewish Life and Jewish Studies Educator of Leibler Yavneh College. “We have found the Unpacked content, especially the regular newsletter, to be a very helpful resource in preparing up to date classes about Israel.”

Built to be a virtual network, COVID-19 is not slowing this program down.

Dr Noam Weissman, senior vice president of OpenDor Media added: “This partner-school program is made up of fifty diverse and forward-thinking Jewish schools across the world. We are providing them with our unique content and far more. Through this partnership program, we are also promoting collaboration, connection, and community —  three things that are more important than ever in the current climate.”

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