CHICAGO, Illinois – Two Connecticut Jewish day schools have joined the third cohort of iNfuse: Israel in Jewish Day Schools, an initiative of the national Israel education organization, iCenter. The initiative is funded in part by The AVI CHAI Foundation and through matching funds raised in the schools’ communities.
Carmel Academy in Greenwich and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, located in West Hartford, along with six additional schools from throughout North America, will join the 25 schools that have participated in the initiative in past years and remain part of The iCenter family of schools.
The goal is for each cohort school to create a plan to make Israel education and experiences a deeper part of all aspects of school life, including classes such as science, the arts, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, all-school Israel engagement, and Israel travel.
“iNfuse offers a framework for students, educators, and the greater school community to build personal, enduring connections to Israel and Israelis,” says Dr. Lesley Litman, a consultant with The iCenter. “An initial step in this process is for schools to map out what is currently happening in Israel education throughout the school and to explore ways, such as articulating meaningful learner outcomes, weaving Israel into additional aspects of school life, and creating opportunities for all faculty to engage with and learn about Israel, to deepen the children’s personal connection to and deep knowledge of Israel.”
The iNfuse program includes site visits from Israel education experts and other specialists, online seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Educators will have a range of resources and various approaches from which to draw on to engage their learners in content-rich and contemporary Israel experiences. The initiative frames a school’s Israel trip as an integral component of the curriculum.
For more information, visit theicenter.org/infuse.