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A Chronicle of One School's Israel Experience Program In a Time of Turmoil

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Elaine R.S. Cohen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Study abroad)

Keywords: Israel experience; Israel advocacy; Day schools; Youth Engagement

Type: Report

Coverage: New Jersey Israel


The author discusses the experience of the Solomon Schechter Day School of West Orange, NJ with maintaining an Israel experience program when the outbreak of the second intifadah made parents and administrators hesitant to continue the school's usual extended trip for senior students in Israel. The author explains how the school adapted its program to a lower level of risk by replacing much of the time usually spent in Israel with time in American and Canadian camps learning about Israeli society. The school still allowed for an Israel trip of a few weeks in length, and the author notes that most of the students reported being pleased with the program.

In Jewish Education News, Winter 2004.