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Joy of Judaism

Joy of Judaism

The Joy of Judaism program is specifically designed to provide a hands-on, non-denominational experience in Jewish tradition and practice.

For many students, especially from the former Soviet Union, this is their first exposure to the richness of a tradition to which they are the inheritors. And for many, this culminates in a group B'nei Mitzvah ceremony.

The "Joy of Judaism" program is made up of three components:

  1. The "Eshet Chayil" or "Woman of Valor" program focuses on developing self confidence within the context of meaningful traditional practice. It is geared especially to empower girls, by strengthening their knowledge of Jewish culture, practice, and heritage. The program particularly focuses on Jewish ritual, holidays, objects etc., while encouraging them to relate these things to their own selves and background.
  2. Through the "Beit Hamidrash" program, both boys and girls study the Jewish texts and values. They acquire life-skills along with the ability to face difficult moral decisions.
  3. Teacher Training sessions are geared to the YA educational staff, to help teachers add more Jewish components to their village educational programs.

Goals and objectives

  • Provide Youth Aliyah ("YA") students with basic knowledge about Jewish literature and religious texts, Jewish values, holidays and Jewish practice as a way to inculcate a strong Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish state.
  • Give YA educators the tools to integrate Judaism and Jewish values into their classrooms to reinforce Jewish and Israeli identity, while helping to build upon and preserve the students' Russian heritage.
  • Understand and study the Zionist dream, from Herzl to the modern State of Israel, to foster a connection to the Jewish state.
  • Empower girls in particular by providing them with the self-confidence to learn and perform, speak in public and to provide positive and inspiring role models to encourage their dreams, ambitions, and desire to become productive citizens.
  • Use Jewish learning as a tool for participants to share their personal frustrations or pain and to help them cope and move forward.

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Past Grants