Initiatives in Education and Academia
Dana Bernstein, Gesharim Leadership Course Fellow 2014
This project created a continuing education course on Haredi society for the staff of the Haredi branch of the Bezalel Academy in the areas of architecture and fine arts, with the goal of improving their quality and the learning atmosphere. The teaching staff of the Haredi branch is composed both of current Bezalel faculty who are mainly secular as well as the staff of the “Oman” branch, most of whose staff are female and Haredi. The course provided a knowledge base about the Haredi community, an understanding of the complex world of Haredi women, integration into academia, a discussion on the topic “Can Haredim and the Arts Go Together?” and an in-depth introduction to the value system of the students.
Yael Kimchi, Gesharim Leadership Course Fellow 2014
Bridges in Academia
This project provided in-service courses for the academic staff on the Strauss Campus (Hadassah College). It included meaningful contact with Haredi society and specifically with the students at the campus, discussions about the profound process that is taking place in Haredi society and its impact on the State of Israel, and a deep awareness of the change of which they taking part. The course was adapted to the teaching staff of the college in order to improve the learning styles of the Haredi students on the Strauss campus.
Nati Becker and Michal Berman, Gesharim Leadership Course Fellows 2014
“One Torah-with Many Faces”
A Beit Midrash was established for Haredi, religious and secular Jews where all play central roles. Joint study and discussion sessions were organized based on the inalienable assets of Jewish culture—Torah, Tanach, Midrash, Mishna, Gemara, modern thought, poetry and literature. “One Torah-with Many Faces” became a meeting place for people who recognize the need for Israeli society to unite and learn about one another, by emphasizing the common denominator that exists among the different groups who study in separate educational systems, live in separate neighborhoods, and know very little about one another.