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Shimon Peres holds Guinness World Record by teaching largest online civics class

Israeli President Shimon Peres breaks world record by delivering a civics class to about 9,000 high school students in over 200 classrooms across Israel.

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Israel’s President Shimon Peres delivered an online civics class to more than 9,000 Israeli high school students in 215 classrooms across Israel, setting a new world record.

President Shimon Peres giving an online civics class to some 9,000 students, breaking world record.

President Shimon Peres giving an online civics class to some 9,000 students, breaking world record.- Photo: Facebook

The Presidential Class, held Thursday morning at Cisco Israel headquarters in Netanya, was billed as the largest online civics class in the world. Cisco officials decided to make that billing official.

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New scholarship for discharged Golan Druze soldiers

The scholarship will demonstrate to the young people of the Golan Heights that they are welcomed citizens of Israel & the scholarship is a very good way to bring together the Golan Druze community & Israel.

 

 

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) along with Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance Unit) led by former minister Avi Dichter, established a new scholarship program on Sunday for army and national service graduates of the Druze community in commemoration of Sayeret Matkal Major Salim Shufi.

Former Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter -  Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Former Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

“This is the first project of this kind to incorporate young Druze residents of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »

American Professors call on Students Association to vote against Israel boycott

 

 

The American Studies Association said that it will withdraw the resolution if a majority of the ASA’s voting members do not vote to endorse the boycott resolution by December 15.

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The American Association of University Professors called on members of the  to vote down a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.- Photo: AP

In an open letter to American Studies Association members published Dec. 6, two days after the ASA’s 20-member national council approved the boycott resolution, the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, which says it opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom, wrote that it “recognizes the right of individual scholars to act in accordance with their own personal consciences.”

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Texas A&M University will open a campus in Nazareth, Northern Israel

 

For the 1st time, a renowned American university will open a new branch in an Arab city.

Education Minister Piron: ‘Significant step towards integrating Arabs in Israeli society’

By Tamar Trabelsi-Hadad

 

 

The prestigious Texas A&M University will open a new branch in the city of Nazareth in northern Israel, “Hashalom” Campus, in which some 2,500 students are expected to enroll.

Student - Photo: Reuters

Student – Photo: Reuters

The Council for Higher Education in Israel noted that this is the first time that a leading foreign university is opening a branch in an Arab city.

Students who will successfully complete their academic duties will receive a degree from Texas A&M. Continue Reading »

Israel establishes college in Tanzania

Once again, Israel demonstrates its commitment to education by helping enrich the lives of people living in poverty-stricken areas across Africa.

By Yossi Aloni

 

 

An Israeli college will soon be established in the African nation of Tanzania, whose population is 35 percent Muslim.

Light to the Nations: Israeli college established in Africa

Israeli college established in Africa – Israel Today

 

The Atid Network, the largest privately-owned educational network in Israel, has signed an agreement with the government of Tanzania to establish the new college in Dar es Salaam, the former capital and Tanzania’s largest city.

It’s first year of operation will see 700 students study at the college, with facilities expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 students within two years. Continue Reading »

Israel’s young set out for top science competitions in 4 countries

18 of Israel’s brightest high school students left to participate in four prestigious science competitions around the world.

By Yossi Aloni

 

 

Members of Israel’s delegations to various Science Olympiads around the world met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials this week prior to departing for their respective competitions.

Israeli youth depart for top science competitions

Israeli youth depart for top science competitions – Israel Today

 

The Israelis are participating in scientific competitions in Colombia, Denmark, Australia and Russia. They will have the opportunity to show off their skills in chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.

The team consists of 18 high school students from around the country, including a female Arab student from Nazareth. Continue Reading »

American Mom contends Anne Frank’s Diary is ‘pornographic’

U.S. woman submits formal complaint to the Northville school district in Michigan, claiming ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, containing a Jewish girl’s thoughts & experiences during the Holocaust, is ‘inappropriate for 7th graders’.

By Ashley Baylen (from Shalom Life)

 

 

“The Diary of Anne Frank” has been an important part of the curriculum in North American classrooms since its initial publication in 1947. The candid diaries share the young Jewish girl’s thoughts and experiences while hiding from Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands.

Anne Frank - Archive Photo

Anne Frank – Archive Photo

Until now, the memoirs have served as a powerful educational tool, teaching children about World War II and the Holocaust from the perspective of a girl their age. Continue Reading »

Jaffa celebrates 150 years of teaching Muslims, Christians & Jews together

Two Scottish sisters founded the Tabeetha School to provide the children of the Holy Land with an education that celebrates diversity.

 

With a student body of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Druze and Buddhists, the Tabeetha School, now commemorating its 150th anniversary, is like no other in the country.

Headmaster Antony Short, at the Tabeetha School.

Headmaster Antony Short, at the Tabeetha School. The students celebrate Christmas, but also mark Ramadan and Id Al-Fitr, and get dressed up for Purim. – Photo by Nir Keidar

It was the mid-19th century, and Jane Walker-Arnott, a blue-eyed Scotswoman of delicate health, decided to leave her windswept lowlands home and travel to the Holy Land, her sister Emilia in tow, to soak up the Mediterranean sun and volunteer with a Christian mission in Jaffa. Continue Reading »

How Easy it was for Brooklyn College to Legitimized BDS

Op-ed: Few institutions in the US are as anti-Israel as the average American campus

By KC Johnson  and Asaf Romirowsky

 

The controversy over a “panel discussion” at Brooklyn College has little to do with free speech, and everything to do with politicization of the academia — in this case, by disingenuous anti-Israel ideologues.

archivesBack in December, the political science department at Brooklyn College, a public institution partially supported by taxpayers’ dollars, formally voted to sign on to a talk that took place on February 7th. A student group had scheduled an address by University of California professor Judith Butler and graduate student Omar Barghouti to propagandize on behalf of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Continue Reading »

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Study: No demonization of Israel in PA’s school books

Latest study finds both Israeli & Palestinian school books of equal bias; Fayyad welcomes study.

Israel: Study itself is biased, completely unrelated to reality

By Elior Levy

 

Demonizing and dehumanizing the enemy are mostly absent from Israeli and Palestinian school books, a new study released Monday shows.

Surprising study Photo: AP

Surprising study – Photo: AP

While Israeli claims of Palestinian incitement are far from uncommon, the international study showed them to be largely baseless and accused both sides of a one-sided narrative.

The Council for the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land commissioned the study to examine how Israeli and Palestinian textbooks portray both sides in connection to the conflict and the peace process. Continue Reading »

Free online courses given by the Hebrew University

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professors are giving lectures over the Internet to millions of people around the world.

 

Although they will not lead to formal degrees or turn those who take them into doctors, lawyers or engineers, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is making free courses by top lecturers available online to millions of people around the world.

Students at lecture at an Israeli university - Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

Students at lecture at an Israeli university – Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

The university has partnered with an organization called Coursera, which offers about 200 undergraduate and graduate courses in a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, literature, history and computer science.

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Israel ranked by OECD as second most educated country

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s report, 46% of Israelis have higher education degrees, while in Canada the figure stands at 51%

By Israel Hayom Staff

Among OECD countries, Israel boasts the second-highest percentage of adults (ages 25-64) with academic degrees, with only Canada ranked higher. According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance, 46 percent of Israelis have higher education degrees, while in Canada the figure stands at 51%.

American students, as opposed to their foreign peers, are less likely to get a higher education than their parents.

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9 PhD students to receive Adams fellowships

Fellowships equal upwards of $100,000; each student will also receive exemption from tuition.

 

Nine doctoral students in the sciences will receive a total of $1 million in stipends for up to four years of PhD studies donated by Canadian philanthropist Marcel Adams.

Each student will also receive an exemption from tuition. The nine students will be presented with their fellowships at the annual Adams Seminar on May 20 at the Israel Academy of Sciences.

Marcel Adams meets with previous recepients - Photo: Israel Academy of Sciences
Marcel Adams meets with previous recipients – Photo: Israel Academy of Sciences

Graduates of the fellowship program are currently conducting postdoctoral training in universities around the world, including Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Cornell.

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