Young adults across the world are harnessing the spirit of activism, and are taking on the challenging responsibility of putting their values into practice by advocating, rallying, & spreading their views. Jewish students are at the forefront of these movements, and as educators, we have the opportunity to use Jewish texts, stories, & values to empower these young leaders in their activism.
As Jewish educators, we are accustomed to teaching Israel through the lenses of history, politics, geography, and food. In this course, we will discover new ways to explore Israel with students - by integrating Israel into holiday education. We will expose tie-ins between the major Jewish holidays and contemporary Israel education, and will develop best practices for using experiential education methods to build connections between our learners and Israeli culture and society.
This course will explore best practices for addressing issues of consent, gender identity, gun control, Israel, or any emotionally loaded or sensitive topic, preparing the educator to decide when to remain neutral and when to name a personal bias, and how to create a safe space around the conversation.
At the end of this online course, Jewish teen educators will have a foundational understanding of positive psychology & a series of tactics for applying its wisdom to the feat of successfully engaging Jewish teens.
In this class, taught from a pluralistic perspective, we will explore activism as it relates to secular & Jewish issues. Participants will learn practical steps that educators can take to harness the spirit of activism among our students, & to provide Jewish support/grounding for those who are already advocating.