For over ten years, CJE facilitated Gesher Chai Beit HaSefer for 9 schools in each community. The Baltimore Ashkelon Partnership of the Associated has generously funded a brand new school twinning model called Shevet Achim. Shevet Achim benefits from the support of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) who currently help manage 500 school twinning relationships. We will be cultivating relationships between 5 schools in each community and will have access to a library of resources and teaching tools, professional training and the establishment of a common language of Israel and Jewish engagement. Schools interested in applying to participate in Shevet Achim should contact Gabrielle Burger or 410.735.5000410.735.5000.
Translated excerpt from Identity card / Dudu Barak
I came from the Torah, a Hebrew slave
I came from the Exile, a solitary Jew
Here I am but an alienated Israeli
So I ask myself: what is my essence?
If only a Hebrew – then Hebrew I'll speak
If just a Jew – in poetic ladino
And if I am a native of this land
Then 77 languages shall I speak.
What do you say then, my friend?
Am I a Hebrew, maybe Jewish?
Am I an Israeli or merely a human being?
Am I nameless and landless and nation-deprived?
Together you and I –
Russian and Yemenite
A thousand remotes
Together in eternity -