Many of my students feel a strong connection to Israel and have visited Israel at least once. Some of my students are Israeli. When an opportunity for my students to work with students in Israel on a “flat classroom” type of project, I jumped at the chance. I am pleased to introduce you to our project, which I am calling “Faces of Judaism.” Together with the Neveh Channah Torah High School for Girls, my students at the Weber School are exploring their Jewish identity through writing. Some questions guiding our exploration:
- What does it mean to be Jewish in Israel? In America?
- What is my home really like from my point of view as compared with how others see it or portray it in the media?
- Who am I, and how does my religion form that identity?
We are still very much in the nascent stages of our joint writing venture, and unfortunately, a teacher strike in Israel didn’t come at the most opportune time, but we are soldiering forward despite this setback.