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<p>American Jewish World Service has released its first-ever school curriculum, called <strong>Where Do You Give? A Tzedakah Curriculum</strong>. The curriculum is interactive and challenges students to think carefully and intentionally about tzedakah. It's designed for middle school students but can be adapted for older students as well. AJWS partnered with the Jewish Teen Funders Network and Babaganewz to create a range of resources.</p>

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Publication Date2012
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  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Jewish Values Curriculum

<p>A Wider Bridge builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBT people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBT Israelis. Website includes resources for travel &amp; exchange programs, education and cultural programming, college campus programming, online resources and social networking, as well as advocacy and philanthropy.&nbsp;</p>

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<p>Jewcology is a project of graduates of ROI (http://roicommunity.org), who have come together to create a resource for the entire Jewish-environmental community. Jewcology incorporates collaboration from a wide range of Jewish environmental leaders and organizations worldwide. This project was funded by the ROI Innovation Fund.</p> <p>The long-term goal of this project is to build a multi-denominational, multi-generational, regionally diverse community of Jewish environmental activists, who are learning from one another and from an expanding set of Jewish-environmental resources, how to educate their communities about our Jewish responsibility to protect the environment.</p>

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<p><span>The Journal of Jewish Communal Service was established in 1902 by the National Conference of Jewish Charities, forerunner of the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=j5vrcxcab&amp;et=1108194051352&amp;s=2451&amp;e=0010ehRqdv4Llnz3xr-dnpRlaiTYvKc_BdyRNI_faSaUDuuv_E0OZOYxTrCJkwSuaGaBEnq2o8p-6DtbA_Fnl2QidDZCUkJIV1KUdXGAlijyDU=" target="_blank">Jewish Communal Service Association</a>. Over the years there have been various name changes for both the Journal and its publisher. <span>The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. <br /><br />This ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Journals
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<span>The TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality </span><span>contributes to vibrant Jewish communities, living in balance with their neighbors and environs, by exposing Judaism’s roots in wilderness, facilitating direct experience of the Divine in nature, demonstrating the effectiveness of Judaism as a spiritual practice, and fostering the spiritual growth of individual Jews and Jewish communities.  Through leadership training and curriculum development, TorahTrek envisions a Jewish community that takes full advantage of the natural world in mainstream Jewish education for children, youth and adults.<br /><br />The website includes program listings, links to relevant resources, and an online journal. </span>

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  • Organizations - Religious

<p><span>The author discusses the range of ways in which environmental issues are integrated into Jewish education curricula. He identifies four elements of experiential education that involve students' relationship to their learning experience: 1) each other; 2) their teacher; 3) their curriculum; and 4) their physical setting. The author provides examples of Jewish environmental educational approaches which incorporate these elements. In Jewish Education News, Summer 2008.</span></p>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

<span>Experiential environmental education includes awareness, interconnectedness, and responsibility. It is usually taught to our children only upon request, once or twice a year, by guest educators who come to the classroom to do specialized programming. We need a rethinking and reshaping of how these teachings can enhance the Jewish educational system, beginning with the current curricula in rabbinical schools and Jewish teacher training programs.</span>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

<p>This site is co-sponsored by MyGood Deed, The HandsOn Network, and Repair the World. Site includes a wealth of tools &amp; resources for classroom &amp; educational engagement in commemoration of 9/11. Students &amp; teachers may watch and post videos showcasing their tributes, post on the blog, and browse a variety of engagement tools that other groups &amp; classrooms around the country are sharing.</p>

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<p>This panel discussion was recorded at JESNA's Enriching LIFE Fellowship seminar in July 2011, featuring guest speakers from Hazon, Repair the World, The American Jewish World Service, and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. You may view the recording of this panel in the window below, as well as download the articles the panelists shared with the fellows:<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=753&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Hazon Theory of Change (<span class="small">105.27 kB</span>)<br /></a><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=754&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Social Service or Social Change Kivel (<span class="s ...

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<p>'Repairing the idea of "Repairing the World": Thinking Historically about Jewish Community Service' is an original lecture by Dr. Rachel Mattson given on December 6th 2010 at the JCC in Manhattan. Webpage includes a link to streaming audio recording of the lecture, as well as weblinks to videos cited in the lecture.</p> <p>The event was sponsored jointly by <a href="http://mayan.org" target="_blank">Ma'yan</a>, <a href="http://www.avodah.net/" target="_blank">AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps</a>, <a href="http://www.pursueaction.org/" target="_blank">Pursue: Action for a Just World</a>, and <a href="http://www.werepair.org/" target="_blank">Repair the World</a>.</p>

Publication Date2010
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<span>Repair the World presents the first-ever comprehensive study of contemporary Jewish young adults and their attitudes and behaviors towards community service. Entitled “Volunteering +Values: A Repair the World Report of Jewish Young Adults,” the study was commissioned by Repair the World and conducted as a collaborative effort between the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and Gerstein-Agne Strategic Communications. Prior to this study, little was known about the full extent of Jewish young adults’ service commitments as national surveys of volunteering either did not include information about the religious identity of respondents or contained too small a sample of Jewish young adults to permit meaningful analysis.<br /><br /></span><span>The study reveals that Jewish millennials believe their service can make a difference in the world and in the lives of ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<p>The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based organizations, tribal programs, and all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning.</p> <p><strong>NSLC offers the following:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Website</strong> with information and resources to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.org/email-discussion-lists"><strong>Email discussion lists</strong></a> for K-12, community-based, tribes and territories, and higher education service-learning</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.org/library"><strong>Library collection</strong></a> available to Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.o ...

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In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation commissioned BTW informing change (BTW) to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning. Joined by a shared interest to better understand the practice and potential of Jewish Service Learning, these foundations asked BTW to examine Jewish Service Learning, the current capacity among practitioners, the support required to further that capacity and the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and evolution of Jewish Service Learning. The BTW team conducted 86 key informant interviews with donors, institutional funders, Jewish Service Learning practitioners, community professionals and Jewish thought leaders, as well as representatives of faith-based and secular service organizatio ...

Publication Date2008
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  • Research Reports and Studies

The Sulam Center has resource pages for students, parents and educators. Welcome to <span class="regBold">Sulam: the Center for Jewish Service Learning</span>. Service Learning is a methodology that helps you to more deeply connect your students with their Jewish tradition and adds depth and meaning to the community service work (whether you call it Tzedakah, Chesed, Tikkun Olam or social action) that they perform. We exist to provide you with the tools you need to use this valuable approach to enhance your educational programs. Educator resource center includes curricular materials, professional development opportunities, and a database of Jewish teen-friendly volunteer opportunities. <br />

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A continually updated online archive of informal education, lifelong learning and social action.

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  • Databases and Resource Centers

<span>Organic Torah is a not-for-profit, program-based, educational initiative</span><span> focused primarily on integrating ecological thinking into Jewish education. Website hosts an online community of practice and a blog, as well as links to workshops, teacher training, and retreats. </span>

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  • Programs and Initiatives
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Chabad of Thailand was among the very first aid organizations to offer, help, solace, and comfort to tsunami survivors, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. This page contains a collection of Jewish relief workers' testimonials, projects, and media coverage in relation to the tsunami in southeast Asia in 2004.

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Times and Learning Network resources to help students understand earthquakes, tsunamis, the culture and history of Japan, disaster relief and related issues. This page was originally posted to The New York Times blog in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011.

Publication Date2011
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  • Articles
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<span>Currently, most, if not all, of organizations that respond to disasters are faith-based organizations. As a member of the wider faith based community, the Jewish community should be a part of the disaster response effort. As members of a religious and ethical tradition that emphasizes helping the weakest in society it is our obligation to assist those impoverished and displaced by catastrophic disasters. The current lack of a visible organized presence from the Jewish community in responding to domestic disasters is a noticeable problem, that the JDRC will rectify by creating a Jewish organization that works alongside other faith-based aid organizations in order to help communities that have been affected by disaster.</span>

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  • Organizations - National and International Organizations

Rabbi Shai Held originally composed this prayer in the wake of the Asian tsunami disaster in 2004; it was re-posted to the <a href="component/mtree/technology/the-open-siddur-project-invitation-to-young-technologists">Open Siddur Project</a> in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011.<br /><br />Download a PDF of the prayer in Hebrew and English here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=728&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Prayer in the Wake of the Tsunami (<span class="small">86.19 kB</span>)</a>

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