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With the update of our website, we will be posting information on our ongoing activities in this blog. First look through our new information across the site!

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Listening, Discovery, Collaboration, Dance

We started the day at the Levinsky Teachers’ College, learning with Dr. Clodie Tal about the philosophy of the learning experiences of pre-service teachers. We had the wonderful opportunity of sitting in the lab school at Levinsky, and then reflecting in groups about what we saw. Clodie’s work models the negotiation of theory that informs practice, which in turn informs theory. This process requires listening to children, discovering...

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What’s Emerging in Jerusalem Early Childhood Programs; Neot Kedumim, February 22, 2015

Here is a post from Miriam and Jesse. This morning, we were excitedly anticipating the opportunity to observe one of the three early childhood programs that JECELI would visit and wondering which one we would see. How would they compare to what we’d seen here in Israel already, and our programs back home? What concrete ideas would we be able to take back with us? We had heard that the Biblical Gardens at Neot Kedumim were beautiful and we...

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A Perspective on our Introspective Snow Day in Jerusalem

Expectations: According to our original itinerary, we had planned to be touring the Old City on Friday, but due to the 5 inches of snow (!) our plans changed. Brenda was looking forward to the “snow day” as a chance to absorb everything we’ve seen and heard and the opportunity to reflect with the other JECELI members. Our days have been so packed with information, Sarah looked forward to processing and unpacking both...

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Snow Day in Jerusalem!

We have had at least 4 inches of snow in Jerusalem! The snow began last night with hail and lightening (a preview from Pesach) and then came down heavily for a number of hours. As a result, we began Rosh Hodesh Adar with a bit of the Purim upside-down spirit, since many of us were looking forward to escaping the winter while in Israel. However, we have made excellent use of our time. The morning and early afternoon were spent reviewing what we...

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Deep Questions About Jewish Identity and the Joys of Jerusalem; February 19, 2015

After struggling with floods of emotions, responses, and experiences, Sari’s mentor group figured out that JECELI has been an outstanding vehicle for making personal discoveries about Jewish identity. Members of the group said, “Our previous day’s experience helped to set the tone for the day. The visit to the kibbutz was amazing and inspiring and we didn’t have to be kibbutzniks to be proud of what we saw and heard. The...

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