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the jewish advocate

Local programs adopt Israel’s OpenDor online education

With institutions across the country shuttered and school administrators forced to confront unprecedented education challenges, a global non-profit organization has led the way in helping Jewish day schools navigate through the abrupt “education from a distance” reality.

i24 news

OpenDor Media helps schools navigate the remote learning landscape

Watch Noam Weissman SVP, Education at OpenDor Media discuss the way we are working to help educators navigate remote learning by providing tools - i24NEWS English

the jewish standard

Making community online

Schools are doing an extraordinary job coming up with online content, reinventing ways to connect with their students and their families. They have to — all of a sudden, all the conventional ways of connecting suddenly, shockingly have become impossible.

jewish journal

Jewish Virtual Education in the Time of Coronavirus

With schools shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents are turning to online resources to educate their children from home. In an effort to ensure ongoing Jewish education, one of those resources is OpenDor Media, a nonprofit that creates Jewish educational content via its YouTube channel, Unpacked.

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Four Lessons for the Jewish Community from Disney’s CEO

I recently devoured Bob Iger’s new book, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons learned from 15 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. The book is abundant with powerful leadership lessons and a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible growth of the Walt Disney Company...

Jewish Exponent

Why My Company Is Rethinking How it Reaches Young Jews

Young Jews, like young people everywhere, are spending increasing amounts of time online. It may seem unfathomable to anyone from an older generation, but U.S. teens go online an average of six hours daily — not including schoolwork.

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A Small Nonprofit’s Journey from Startup to Sustainable Part 3: Strategic Planning

Few things propel a company into strategic planning like a global market shift. To survive and succeed in the new digital era, businesses around the world and across all industries are working hard to reinvent themselves.

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The Quest for Organizational Health

I’ll never forget the day in December 2015 when our CEO casually walked by my desk and said, “We’re talking tonight?” “No,” I said, bemused, seeing nothing on my calendar. He nodded his head, indicating “Yes,” and walked away. That was an atypical exchange, so I knew something was brewing. Evening came around, the phone rang, and the next thing I knew I was being promoted to COO.

Unpacked for Educators

13,400 Students in OpenDor Media's Global Trivia Challenge - 198 from Winnipeg

In celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, some 13,400 students representing more than 200 middle schools and high schools from around the world are competing this week in OpenDor Media's Global Trivia Challenge.

A schoolgirl from Moscow won the quiz on Israeli history

A student of the Moscow Jewish school No. 1621 "The Tree of Life" took 3rd place in the global quiz on the history of Israel. The competition was attended by 13,400 students from around the world. The first 2 places in the quiz were taken by schoolchildren from the USA.

The Jerusalem Post

Center Field: Needed: A think tank for the Zionist bookshelf

I am tired of attending gripe sessions about Israel-Diaspora tensions without hearing constructive suggestions to build unity. In We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, Daniel Gordis analyzes the misfires between increasingly universalistic Isaiahan ...

jewish journal

Unpacked for Educators New Research Program Includes Three LA Schools

Jerusalem U announced Sept. 4 that their online Jewish Education resource Unpacked for Educators, will kick off its Unpacked for Educators Partner School Research Initiative for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Unpacked for Educators Launches Partner School Research Initiative to Explore Israel Education

Unpacked for Educators, a digital resource for Jewish educators from Jerusalem U, has launched the Unpacked for Educators Partner School Research Initiative. This research initiative, which will run during the 2019-2020 school year, will help the Unpacked for Educators team...

The Jerusalem Post

Educators call for November to be named 'Israel History Month'

An Israeli educational organization is calling for November to be recognized as Israel History Month, with the goal of engaging young Jews in Israel's rich history. May is more commonly associated with Israel, given that the State was founded during that month.

The Jerusalem Post

Lessons learned from Operation Moses

More than 70 years after its founding, Israel maintains its character as a land of immigrants, returning to the land of their ancestors. Despite the fact that most of the country’s residents have now been born on Israeli soil, it continues to be defined by the diversity of its people, with individual communities and segments of society existing within the greater mosaic of modern Israel.

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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: A New Approach to Tu B’shvat

Maybe you have vague Tu B’Shvat memories like mine. Little plastic bags filled with hard brown, buksar (the yiddish word for carob) that could crack your teeth if you bit down too quickly. Perhaps some nuts and raisins (likely grown in California) thrown in too. If you were really lucky, you had a Tu B’shvat seder with opportunities to sample the seven special fruits of Israel.


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YouTube channel ‘Unpacked’ aims to teach younger generations about Israel and Judaism

According to the most recent Pew Research Study on American Jewish life, American Millennial Jews (ages 18-34) are increasingly disconnecting from traditional Jewish institutions. Additionally, as age decreases, so does identification with Judaism.

The Jerusalem Post

Jewish education, ‘unpacked’

JerusalemU, a non-profit media company that aims to connect with young Jews through educational films and videos, is launching a new YouTube channel called “Unpacked,” the organization said in a press release. Videos cover complex, nuanced topics from Israel’s history to Israel’s start-up achievements.

Imagination Productions

‘Sustainable Nation’ film showcases Israeli water tech

New documentary follows three Israeli innovators applying blue-and-white innovations to help other countries deal with water stress.

The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

CBS Film Series to screen ‘Sustainable Nation.’

A screening of the movie “Sustainable Nation” will be shown at Congregation Beth Shalom on Jan. 12 at noon. Directed by Micah Smith, “Sustainable Nation” tells the story of three indivuduals and their efforts to bring water to drought-stricken regions of the planet.


Food, Christmas, ‘Fiddler’ and more at Sonoma Jewish film fest

From a documentary about innovative Israeli efforts to solve water supply problems to a short film about the contributions of Jewish composers to popular Christmas songs, the Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival will present a wide range of Jewish-interest films from Oct. 10 to Nov. 12 at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol.


Synagogue’s film screening offers a glimpse inside Israel

Temple Beth Tikvah in Greenacres hosted a screening and discussion of the Jerusalem U documentary, “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” at 7 p.m. on July 28.

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