Jewish Peoplehood Seminar – Toronto, February 2017
Over 800 educators, school professionals, and community leaders in Toronto came together for two days of groundbreaking professional development lead by Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
The UJA’s Israel Engagement Committee and Beit Hatfutsot’s Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies crafted this special opportunity for Toronto’s Jewish educators to assemble for a joint experience of professional development and Jewish Peoplehood.
The seed to the seminar was planted in January 2016. During the UJA’s Israel Engagement Mission to Israel, several community educators participated in a day-long professional development series with senior educators from Beit Hatfusot – The Museum of the Jewish People. The common values, sense and methods of educating towards Jewish Peoplehood inspired them to bring the experience of Beit Hatfusot to the greater Toronto educational community.
On February 15th-16th, 2017, over 800 professionals from Jewish day schools came together to explore the broad concept of Jewish Peoplehood with Beit Hatfutsot staff. This city-wide Jewish day school unique experience, taking place at the Bialick Hebrew Day School and TanenbaumCHAT, was an opportunity for educators to meet and engage in personal and collective reflection, contemplation and grappling.
Sessions run by Beit Hatfutsot staff included: Paradigm Shifts: Dreaming about Jewish Peoplehood; Israeli Cinema Presents: Identities in Motion; You & I and the Israeli Story; workshops based on various Beit Hatfutsot programs: My Family Story; The Jewish Lens; G2G: Generation to Generation; and museum exhibits, such as Museum to Go and Super-Heroes and The Jewish People.