Can Peoplehood Consciousness Narrow the Gap Between Israel and American Jewry?

A Complex Answer Framing the issue In recent months two important articles by Yehuda Kurtzer and Gidi Grinstein opened a conversation that is no less than crucial to the Jewish future. I would like to humbly add my perspective to this conversation. While agreeing with most of their analysis and recommendations I would like to…

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Jill Blair: Why Are We Still Here?

“I have had the good fortune of participating in the Jewish Peoplehood Conversations convened by Dr. Shlomi Ravid, director of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. These discussions have helped me begin to visualize a through-line between our past and our future as American Jewish communal institutions – as essential elements of Jewish civilization. These discussions have brought to light some beliefs that inform my efforts…”

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The Future of the Nation State of the Jewish People: Consolidation or Rupture?

This Reut Institute document deals with the State of Israel’s role as the nation state of the Jewish People in the 21st Century, and the mutual connection between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry. This connection has great importance for the future of the State of Israel: First, the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora…

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Professional Development Resource for Educators: Join our new seminar series!

The CJPE is proud to launch “A Deep Dive into Jewish Peoplehood Education“; a new seminar series for educators interested in understanding the principles and practices of excellent education for Jewish Peoplehood. Join a select number of your educational colleagues in this series of six webinars designed to help you do the following: ​achieve deeper…

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Get Ready for Purim!

With the holiday of Purim just over a month away, don’t forget about the World Purim Album from Beit Hatfutsot. This project is the Jewish People’s family photograph album – full of photos of Jews around the world dressed up in their best Purim costumes. If you have a class or community that will be dressing…

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The Names We Call Ourselves – New JDov Resource

Check out a great new video by JDov – a British-based Jewish organization that curates and produces TED-style talks from Jewish leaders and thinkers. Joseph Dweck’s talk, “The Names We Call Ourselves”, starts with a provocative question: If we, as a nation, as a collective body, were to look in the mirror and catch our…

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Peoplehood Papers 17: Engaging Millennials with Jewish Peoplehood

The Jewish establishment’s anxiety regarding the Jewish identity of millennials is not unfounded. The emergence of a new generation of Jews who were born and raised in open society with a freedom to choose their Judaism does not necessarily promise continuity. Furthermore, individualism, egocentrism and criticism of existing establishments, tendencies associated with Millennials, created room for additional concerns. These concerns…

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New Edition of the Peoplehood Papers Focuses on Teen Leadership

We are delighted to release the latest edition of the Peoplehood Papers, which focuses on developing teen leadership with a Peoplehood orientation. This edition is a partnership with the Diller Teen Fellows Program, and contains 11 articles by a wide variety of educators and Jewish professionals engaged in teen leadership and empowerment. As Adam Weisberg…

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Resources for the High Holiday Season

We have chosen some ready-to-use educational resources from the Peoplehood Education Toolkit that bring together themes of Jewish Peoplehood and the High Holiday season. Check them out: Collective Prayer – A text study and activity based on the Vidui (Confession) liturgy of the High Holidays. How do we understand the language of “we” in relation to our…

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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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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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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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