On the Map is a curricular resource and activity guide designed to make enduring change regarding how Israel is taught to middle and high school students. On the Map is organized thematically around seven units with accompanying materials. On the Map has been used successfully in congregational and day schools in the Bay Area and around the United States.

On the Map is available as a digital download which includes a PPT presentation and PDF document. The materials include descriptions of maps, reference texts, and suggested learning activities; they are designed to be adapted to your educational context. Jewish LearningWorks staff will work with you to determine the best type of support to offer you and your team in using On the Map, which might be one or two stand alone consultations for an individual, or a longer training series for a teaching team.

For more information, or to access On the Map resources and support, please contact Jenni Mangel jenni@jewishlearning.works.

Our Israel Education Stance

Exploring Israel with learners of any age has perhaps never been more difficult. When we teach about Israel, each of us in the room – whether teacher or learner – comes with our own knowledge, experiences, and assumptions. It is in this context that Jewish LearningWorks has developed our Israel education offerings for 2024-25.

We acknowledge that no teacher, and no topic can be value neutral, and we have chosen partners that we believe will create a safe, learning environment for participants. We embrace an approach Rabbi Laura Novak Winer recently termed Yedidat Yisrael/Knowing Israel as we work together to sharpen our content knowledge, and develop the tools required to reach learners with divergent ideas, experiences and positions. Rabbi Novak Winer writes: “Yediat Yisrael more accurately reflects the type of knowledge, understandings, and connections our learners need. Yes, it may lead to ahavat Yisrael, but that is not the primary objective. Yediat Yisrael aims for learners to find and navigate their own meanings and connections with Israel, as the historic homeland, as a global, diverse Jewish community, and as the modern State. Yediat Yisrael aims to build understanding.”

Ultimately, meaningful Israel education (in fact all education) depends on educators bringing themselves to the work. We are committed to taking an intentional, and  learner-centered approach to this topic, and remain always open to your feedback.

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