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New Media Resources in the Toolkit

Check out the new media resources in the CJPE Toolkit for Jewish Educators. We are curating and organizing selections of short video clips that educators can use to explore the themes of Jewish Peoplehood. With each video clip we also offer you suggestions for activities to use with those clips, and all part of our interconnected…

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Can Jewish Peoplehood Have a Future?

In a recent talk Noam Pianko, a contemporary scholar of Jewish Peoplehood, and professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, offers a stimulating and thoughtful challenge to those of us interested in the future of Jewish Peoplehood, both as a concept and as a way of building collective Jewish identity. See here for…

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Choosing Jewish Life – Fostering Jewish Peoplehood

Six months ago, I began teaching a premarital class to intrafaith and interfaith couples being married by clergy at my synagogue. The impetus for the class was the increasing disaffiliation and disconnection of Jewish young adults from Jewish life. Regardless of whether couples were endogamous or interfaith, we believed that marriage presented an opportunity to…

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Israel Elections and the Future of Jewish Peoplehood in and out of Israel

With the Israeli elections just days away, Israeli voters are making their final decisions about the party and candidates they will support. Or maybe they are just deciding what to do with an unexpected mid-week day off (Election Day is a public holiday, after all). What is pretty certain is that very few Israeli voters will…

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New Toolkit Resources – Collective Identity and Passover

Check out the latest resources in the Toolkit focusing on the theme of Collective Identity. We have some great new activities for you. They include activities using debate and discussion, reflection and some creative arts, as well as those based around stimulating texts and movies. And for a great Passover-themed activity, check out “Collective Memory…

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Jewish Peoplehood: Not just for Diaspora Jews

The inaugural conference on the topic of “Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood” drew 250 people this week to Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv to discuss the theory and the practice of Jewish Peoplehood in the context of Israeli society. Organized by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education and Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish…

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Peoplehood Papers in Hebrew – מהדורה עברית של דפי העמיות

זוהי אסופה של ח”י מאמרים המתמודדים עם שאלות היסוד של התחום: “מה משמעותה של העמיות היהודית? מה חשיבותה? כיצד יש לטפח אותה?” באופן לא מתוכנן התפתח באסופה זאת שיח בין דורי בסוגית העמיות…

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Israelis and the Jewish People: The Challenge of Jewish Peoplehood in Israeli Society

The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, together with Beit Hatfutsot, is proud to be hosting a ground-breaking conference entitled “Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood: The Challenge of Jewish Peoplehood in Israeli Society”, to be held on February 9th in Tel Aviv. Gathering at Beit Hatfutsot on the campus of Tel Aviv University, from 9:30-16:00, the Conference will focus on…

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Jewish Peoplehood: A Contemporary Midrash

Check out David Zvi Kalman’s contemporary midrash (Jewish legend), published in the Peoplehood Papers volume #13, in which he imagines the Jewish People standing at Sinai and receiving the Torah. In this modern midrash, Kalman uses his imagination and knowledge of Jewish texts to create his own interpretation of one of the central collective memories of…

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Strengthening Jewish Peoplehood Through Relationships

  Relationships define and strengthen Jewish Peoplehood. Relationships such as those between God and Israel, parent and child, and rabbi and student are all central to our tradition. For Judaism to thrive in the future, however, Jews must focus on building relationships with other Jews. We must transcend traditional boundaries such as background, education, or…

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Sustainability and Jewish Peoplehood

We are delighted to introduce you to the latest edition of the Peoplehood Papers. This 14th edition is dedicated to Sustainability and Jewish Peoplehood. We decided to provide the Siach Network a public platform to grapple with the challenge of sustainability through the Peoplehood lens. With focus on shmita (the Sabbatical year – which has just begun)…

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Resources for the Educator – Movie: The Divide

Continuing our series of resources for educators based on films from the students at the Ma’aleh Film School in Jerusalem, check out our discussion guide for the short drama, “The Divide”, a film by Tzvi Yehuda Herling. The movie tells the story of Kobi, who has defied his parents wishes by joining the Israeli army. Now…

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Peoplehood and Neighborhood: The Two Poles of Jewish Identity

A few years ago Sarah Mali grabbed a New York City cab on the way to a roundtable conversation on the topic of Jewish Peoplehood. A British-born Jewish educator who was then living in Israel, Mali felt that she should initiate some conversation with the driver but couldn’t come up anything obvious to talk about.…

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Launching the new CJPE website!

    With the onset of the new year, we are delighted to announce some fantastic new resources from the CJPE. First, check out www.jpeoplehood.org – the new website of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. Re-organized, with a new look and now fully accessible on mobile devices, the CJPE website is here to serve you…

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What does Peoplehood Mean? Check out the latest Peoplehood Papers to find out!

The latest edition of the Peoplehood Papers, volume 13, is a stimulating collection of short essays by a diverse group of thinkers and educators. Each writer answered the questions: What does Peoplehood mean? Why is it important? and How do we nurture it? The results are a fascinating collection of accessible pieces that together add…

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Resources for the Educator – Movie: Addes

We are delighted to share a new movie resource, a discussion guide for the documentary film “Addes”, made by Avital Livneh Levy at the Ma’aleh Film School in Jerusalem. Synopsis of the Movie The famous Addes synagogue in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem is celebrating its 100th anniversary. And the synagogue’s long-time gabbai (the volunteer…

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Resources for the Educator – Movie: Keeping the Faith

Check out our new ideas and discussion guide for a clip from the movie “Keeping the Faith”. Synopsis of the Movie: In this 2000 movie, directed by Ed Norton, a comedic romantic triangle is created, when childhood friends, Jake and Brian, both fall in love with the same girl, their childhood friend, Anna. But things…

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