Get to Know Israel Outside the Beit Midrash
Studying in Israel? Looking for a way to supplement your experience and explore the realities and complexities of Israel and Israeli society in an educational framework? A Kesher Hadash elective may be the right fit for you.
Kesher Hadash 2015: January 5—May 10
Kesher Hadash is a full-time semester-in-Israel program of The Jewish Theological Seminary's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. This year, we are pleased to open certain units of the Kesher Hadash experience to students and friends of other institutions.
Each elective requires a different time commitment, enabling you to pick the one that best fits your interests and schedule. You may take more than one if you wish. The units will be held on varying dates between January and May 2015.
Unit 1: Arts and Culture as a Window into Israeli Society
Time commitment: 14 sessions of one and a half to two and a half hours each
This unit will expose participants to a variety of contemporary arts and culture in Israeli society. Through exploring these areas, students will gain insight into some of the key questions and dilemmas that Israeli society faces today, and consider how to use Israeli arts and culture in educational contexts back in North America.
Unit 2: The Conflict with the Palestinians: Its Place in Israel Education and in Your Own Jewish Identity
Time commitment: two two-day overnight trips and six three-hour sessions
This unit, a unique collaboration between Kesher Hadash, Encounter, and Perspectives Israel, will comprise three core components:
Cost: 250 NIS paid directly to Perspectives Israel plus US$100 paid directly to Encounter plus US$100 paid directly to JTS Israel
Unit 3: Israeli Identity and Israeli Society
Time commitment: five half- to full-day seminars
Dates TBD (Thursdays, with the exception of the third one, which will be on a Monday or Tuesday)
To apply, or for more information, please email Dr. Alex Sinclair, director of Programs in Israel Education at The Davidson School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following details: name, address, telephone number, Israel program (if any) in which you will be enrolled in spring 2015, and Kesher Hadash unit(s) of interest.
Payments will be made to JTS in Israel. Further payment instructions will be given upon application.