All 2013-2014 iCenter Masters Concentration in Israel Education Fellows (say that five times fast!) create a tool or resource – something to be used in the field of Israel education – as part of the fellowship program. For me, Israel education must be multi vocal and overflowing with stories.
Thus, my project: an Omer-lengthed blog, through which a variety of people share, bkitzur*, their thoughts on Israel.
My guest bloggers were invited to provide content (in a variety of media forms) on one of three prompts:
- What one story do you think every American kid should learn about Israel?
- “As we move from Passover to Shavuot, the Israelites travel further away from the slavery of Egypt and toward the moment of revelation at Sinai. Where are you in that journey in relation to your thoughts/emotions/feelings about Israel?”
- What is YOUR Israel story?
Daily posts included musings by students and professors, longtime Israel lovers and those with newfound interest in the country and its people. Some shared their misgivings, their pained relationship with Israel. Others challenged policies present in a land they love. Most bloggers are Jewish, but not all. Most bloggers are writers, but not all.
Dusty Klass completed her M.A. in Hebrew Letters and M.A. in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. If all goes according to plan, she will be ordained by HUC in May 2016.
*bkitzur – Hebrew for “in short”