Announcements in this issue:
1. The Second On-Line Zionist Congress
2. Jewish Educators' Seminar at Yad Vashem - Full Scholarship
3. Project Areivim
4. Call for Papers - JOFA
5. Recent postings at JewishJobFinder.com
Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 05:48:06 +0200
From: Chaim Feder <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: The Second On-Line Zionist Congress
The 34th World Zionist Congress opens in Jerusalem on 17 June 2002. It
will provide the major opportunity for Zionists the world over to discuss
issues challenging the Jewish people today and to make policy. Congress2:
The Second On-Line Zionist Congress opens now. It is an opportunity for
Jews around the world to participate in discussions of these issues and
others, and in so doing, to have an impact of the policy decisions of the
Congress in Jerusalem. The issues cover the vast range of challenges that
are now absorbing thoughtful and involved Jews.
One might imagine that the dominant issue would be our collective
troubles. Israel is again at war, struggling not only for quiet on and
within its yet ill-defined borders but also for the recognition that its
effort is at the cutting edge of a much wider human effort: confronting
hatreds deliberately transmitted and expressed with ruthless violence.
This is not only Israel's war. Enemies have shown that it is the Jewish
people that is targeted, whether in France or in Argentina, in Turkey or
in Tunisia. The last time Jews were in this position, it had no political
will or voice. Today, we have not only a sovereign State but also great
influence in North America and in Europe. Indeed, our ability to form a
credible international voice - even when debating, particularly when
debating - gives us even greater power.
However, while at war, we are also at peace. European Jewry has emerged
from the ashes of Shoah and is re-building itself. North American Jewry
has achieved what European Jewry sought before World War I, emancipation.
There are more Jews around the world studying classic texts in Yeshivoth
and Universities than ever before; and many are moving into Jewish
leadership positions around the world. More and more Jews are helping to
move industry, science, technology, communications, human rights, high and
low cultural forms in new directions. There is much reason to be proud and
excited of our place in civilization.
Thus, while we discuss problems, we will also discuss how to go from
strength to strength: how can we better educate future generations of
Jews; how can we use communication technologies to bring us together; what
are those international issues in which Jewish experience can be of
benefit; what should our relationship be with other cultures, religions
and civilizations. How do we take what we've achieved to make ourselves
better Jews and the world a better world.
This is the goal of Congress2: listening to one another, taking decisions
together and forging ahead together.
If we will it, it is no dream.
To see the list of discussion forums, go to www.jewish-world.org.il and
then click on The Second On-Line Zionist Congress. Look at the list for a
Jewish world of discussion groups.
Jewish Educators' Seminar at Yad Vashem - Full Scholarship
Full Scholarship for Jewish Educators in Jewish Schools at Yad Vashem on
teaching the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism. All costs covered including
flights (economy class), tuition, field trips, materials, local
transportation and guiding, hotel accommodation (double occupancy and
Dates: July 21 - August 7, 2002
Venue: International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Since 1981 more than 2,300 educators from all over the world have
completed seminars at the International School for Holocaust Studies at
Yad Vashem. This seminar will include academic lectures by leading
scholars and educational experts from Yad Vashem and Israeli universities
in order to provide the participants with historical knowledge in the
field of the Holocaust. Special attention will be given to widening the
participants' knowledge on pre-Holocaust Jewry and Jewish responses during
Nazi occupation. The program will focus on forms of modern anti-Semitism;
uses of survivor testimony; the human story; interdisciplinary approaches;
age appropriate methodology; the impact of the Holocaust on the Jewish
world and its effects on Western civilization.
Special workshops and discussion groups will enable the participants to
explore educational issues, pedagogical theories and practical
applications in Jewish educational frameworks. Participants will also be
able to utilize a wide range of materials located in the Yad Vashem
archives, library, Hall of Names and the Pedagogical Resource Center.
Participants will be expected upon their return to their respective
communities to implement a number of Holocaust education projects, such as
co-coordinating communal ceremonies, teacher-training workshops, etc. They
must also inform Yad Vashem of their endeavors.
Candidate participants will be chosen from Jewish communities in the USA,
Canada, South Africa, Great Britain, Australia, and South America. The
seminar is open to a maximum of 30 participants.
For further enquiries please e-mail Kathryn Berman at the International
School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem immediately at
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or at 972-2-6443638/9 (phone) or fax 972-2-6443640
Project Areivim, an innovative program based in Jerusalem, sends young,
dedicated Israeli volunteers to work in small Jewish communities around
the world. The volunteers, called "areivim," remain in the community for
a minimum of one year, and a maximum of two, initiating a variety of
cultural, educational and social activities. The "areivim" also work with
existing organizations and institutions in the community in an effort to
attract more interest and affiliation.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT'S OBJECTIVE?
Based on the Talmudic concept "All Jews Are Responsible For One Another,"
Project Areivim stresses recognition of each Jew's responsibility for the
continuation of the Jewish community and family. The programs prepared by
the "areivim" are designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge and
pride, to bridge the gap between Jews of different backgrounds, and to
promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals. The program is rooted
in its belief that positive identification can help stem assimilation and
guarantee the continuance of the Jewish community.
WOULD YOUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM AN AREV?
If your community is yearning to enhance its connection to its Jewish
heritage and to Am Yisrael, Project Areivim might be the answer. The
Project works with Jewish communities that lack the human, educational or
communal resources needed to strengthen the Jewish community. A community
is selected based on its stated needs and its commitment to hosting the
arev throughout his/her year, as well as the Project's ability to
successfully meet the needs of the community. Project Areivim serves
small communities all over the world, and is committed to finding the
appropriate match for each community.
WHO ARE THE AREIVIM?
Project Areivim's candidates stem from various streams of Israeli society,
each individual differing in his/her academic and professional background,
yet sharing a strong commitment to the Jewish People and knowledge of
Jewish history, Judaism and Zionism. An "arev/a" is selected on the basis
of proven commitment to Jewish education, the ability to reach out and
involve the unaffiliated, and willingness to work with all people. The
candidates are handpicked through a comprehensive screening process.
During this screening process, we make the match between the specific
needs of the community, and the skills of the "arev/a."
WHEN DOES THIS ALL HAPPEN?
Jan-Mar: Recruitment of candidates and communities
Apr-Jun: Continuous recruitment and screening of candidates
Jul-Aug: Finalizing community contracts; extensive candidate training program
Sep-Oct (around High Holidays): Areivim join their communities
Nov-Dec: Supervision of the absorption of areivim into the communities;
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
PROJECT AREIVIM Tel: 972-2-673-4410
P.O. Box 7885, Jerusalem, Israel Fax: 972-2-672-4696
Email: [log in to unmask] Website: www.netvision.il/php/areivim
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 21:16:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: Freda B Birnbaum <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers - JOFA
JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) invites submissions for its
Fourth International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, entitled,
"Discovering/Uncovering/Recovering Women in Judaism," to be held Saturday
evening November 9 - Sunday November 10, 2002 in New York City. The
conference will explore women's invisibility in Jewish ritual, halakha,
and culture, paying particular attention to the implications of such
concepts as tzniut (modesty) and kavod ha-zibbur (women's public presence
and community sensibilities) on private relationships, public policy, and
Jewish religious discourse.
Suggested topics and themes may include: How have women been "covered"
both physically and metaphorically in Jewish culture and religion? Why has
covering of women been considered so necessary in our tradition? How has
"covering" been used as a strategy by both men and women? How has it
influenced public policy, particularly in how the boundaries between
halakha and public policy are defined? How has this affected women's roles
in the community? In marriage? How does the concept of modesty create a
culture of invisibility? Why are some women so enticed by it? What impact
has this culture of "covering" had on the Jewish educational structure and
on how we raise our children, and how can discovery and recovery change
this? How do these concepts define public and private spheres along gender
lines? As Orthodox Jewish feminists how can we effectively
uncover/recover/discover our bodies, voices, experiences and religious
roles? What recent shifts in social mores/education/secular factors have
led to an increased willingness to explore and demand
rights/rituals/celebrations (whether new or historical)? What has
been/will be the impact of including women's voices in terms of communal
decision-making (e.g. use of funds, eruv)? Has the acceptance of women
into positions of power increased the awareness and acceptance of those
women even more on the "margin" (e.g., single women, lesbian women,
childless women, abused women)? How does the desire to be part of a
community and communal norms impact our behavior?
We invite proposals for individual short papers and panel presentations.
We especially encourage the submission of topics that lend themselves to
interactive discussions and workshops. Please submit a short abstract of
your proposed presentation, as well as a brief CV by June 15, 2002.
Proposals can be sent to the JOFA Office, 459 Columbus Avenue, Suite 329,
New York, NY 10024. Attn: Fourth Annual International Conference or via
fax to 212-753-6054 or via email to [log in to unmask]
You can see past job posts on the Lookstein Center bulletin board and link
to jewishjobfinder.com at http://www.lookstein.org/bulletin_board.htm
Recent postings at Jewishjobfinder.com
Job Title: Teacher
Role/Job Category: Teacher - Day school
Organization Name: Barkai Yeshivah
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Description: Certified Teacher needed for Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade
classes. Full Time and Part Time positions available.
Position Available: 08/28/02
Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's
Prior Experience: Must be certified teacher. Experience preferred.
Career Level: 2-5 yrs. Experience
Contact for Job: Sherri Horowitz
Contact Title: Educational Director
Job Title: Tzedek Hillel Coordinator
Organization Name: Columbia/Barnard Hillel
Location: New York, New York
Community service and social activism is a vibrant part of
Columbia/Barnard Hillel. As a Lead Campus in the National Tzedek Hillel
Program we are making social action central to Jewish life at Columbia
through community service, advocacy, education, and community
partnerships. With many new initiatives underway, the program is growing
at an exciting pace. We are seeking a half-time Tzedek Coordinator who
will be responsible for working with students and staff to sustain and
further develop this exciting program.
Specific Responsibilities: · Advising current Tzedek Hillel groups such as
Jews for Social Justice, the Literacy Project, the Kraft Clothing Pantry,
and Teva, our Jewish environmental program. · Overseeing projects such as
Alternative Spring Break, the Tzedek Speaker Series, and the Tzedek Hillel
Retreat. · Publicizing Tzedek Hillel and developing creative ways to
identify students interested in social action and connecting them to
Tzedek groups and projects. · Creating educational opportunities for
students to learn about a variety of social issues and reflect upon the
social action work in which they are involved in a Jewish context. ·
Designing new social action projects, groups, and initiatives and
developing the overall vision of Tzedek Hillel in collaboration with
students and the Associate Jewish Chaplain. · Integrating Tzedek Hillel
into the overall activities and culture of Columbia/Barnard Hillel and the
university community at large. Qualifications: Flexible, organized, and
enthusiastic self-starter eager to be part of an exciting program
Committed to the integration of social activism and Jewish life BA or
higher degree working with college students; Experienced programmer.
Position Available: 8/02
Prior Experience: Minimum of two years work experience preferred
Minimum of a Bachelors degree. Candidates with MAs encouraged to apply.
Career Level: 2-5 yrs. Experience
Contact for Job: Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
Contact Title: Associate Jewish Chaplain
Job Title: Director of Israel Advocacy
Role/Job Category: Israel/Overseas
Organization Name: Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Israel
Advocacy Director is responsible for coordinating JCRC's Israel Advocacy
efforts. Primarily, s/he will 1) develop and implement a strategy to "make
Israel's case" in the broader community, both Jewish and general, 2) serve
as primary liaison with other Jewish organizations 3) supervise staff
assigned to campus and synagogue outreach. Specific duties include: §
Primary Responsibility for JCRC Israel Advocacy effort § Staff JCRC Middle
East Steering Committee § Primary Liaison with AIPAC, ADL, AJCommittee and
CAMERA to coordinate Israel Advocacy efforts § Staff Israel Campus
Roundtable, oversee Israel Action Network (young adults) § Advocacy and
programming with synagogues § Staff solidarity missions on an as-needed
basis § Coordinate other community-wide programs/efforts as needed
(rallies, continued campaigns) § Oversee interns and part time staff
working on Israel Advocacy § Other duties as assigned by the Executive
Position Available: 5/13/02
Salary Range: 40+
Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters
Jewish Education: Masters Degree in Jewish communal service or equivalent
experience; Working knowledge of Hebrew, Israeli and Jewish
culture/tradition preferred; Knowledge of local community organizations
Prior Experience: Minimum 3-5 years professional experience
Other: Strategic thinker with good organizational skills; Excellent
interpersonal and communication skills; Consensus building / strategic
planning knowledge; Ability to work flexible hours including nights and
Career Level: 2-5 yrs. Experience
How To Apply
Contact for Job: Alan Ronkin
Contact Title: Associate Director, Planning and Administration
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