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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish CommunitiesA Reconsideration$
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Alex Pomson and Howard Deitcher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113744

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.001.0001

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Mutual Relations between Sheliḥim and Local Teachers at Jewish Schools in the Former Soviet Union

Mutual Relations between Sheliḥim and Local Teachers at Jewish Schools in the Former Soviet Union

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(p.155) Eight Mutual Relations between Sheliḥim and Local Teachers at Jewish Schools in the Former Soviet Union
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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities
Author(s):

Ira Dashevsky

Uriel Ta’ir

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.003.0008

This chapter discusses the Heftzibah programme. This programme brings together professional teachers (local as well as sheliḥim) of very different social, cultural, and personal backgrounds. Even among the sheliḥim themselves there is great diversity: some are just starting out on their path in education, while others are close to retirement; some are parents whose children will accompany them on their assignments, others are single or divorced; some are fluent in Russian while others, born in Israel, are taking their first steps in the new language; bearers of a secular world-view have colleagues who are strictly Orthodox or traditional; Ashkenazim work alongside Sephardim. What is common to them all is a sense of mission: a will to pass Jewish and Zionist knowledge on to students in Jewish schools in the FSU. In addition, every shaliaḥ must be in possession of a teaching diploma recognized by the Israeli ministry of education, and at least five years' proven experience in educational work with children.

Keywords:   sheliḥim, shaliaḥ, Heftzibah programme, local teachers, former Soviet Union, Jewish knowledge, Zionist knowledge

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