Hebrew Link Taglit-Birthright Israel

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Taglit-Birthright Israel is the largest single Jewish educational program in the world today. Since it was launched in 1999, Taglit has brought nearly 350,000 Diaspora young adults to Israel and engaged another 60,000 Israeli peers. The first Taglit academic conference, held in May 2012 at Brandeis University, focused on expanding the number and diversity of scholars, researchers and public policy intellectuals engaged in examination of Taglit. Specifically, it offered an opportunity to explore Taglit as a social experiment in educational innovation, to review and integrate current research knowledge about its impact and to extend learning about the program to theory and practice. The second conference, to be convened this June in Israel at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is designed to extend academic discussion of Taglit. In particular, the goal of the forthcoming conference is to consider Taglit from the perspective of Israeli culture and society, as well as its role in promoting Israel-Diaspora relations. The conference will bring together Israeli and Diaspora scholars in discussion about Taglit, Jewish identity, education, and the relationship of Israel and the Diaspora.

The conference will take place over two days and will feature a set of interactive symposia, keynote addresses and small group sessions. The emphasis will be on dialogue and deliberation. The conference will be hosted by The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University and is being developed in collaboration with the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS) at Brandeis University. The conference is being co-sponsored by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

The conference will bring together approximately 75 leading scholars, educators, policy makers and practitioners from Israel, North America, and around the world.


The program committee is chaired by Prof. Uzi Rebhun of the Harman Institute (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and includes Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Prof. Barry Berger (The University of Haifa), Prof. David Mittelberg (Oranim Academic College of Education), Prof. Larissa Remennick (Bar Ilan University), Prof. Erik Cohen (Bar Ilan Univesrity), Prof. Zehavit Gross (Bar Ilan University), Prof. Yossi Shain (Tel Aviv Univeristy), Dr. Jackie Feldman (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Dr. Daniel Marom (Mandel Leadership Institute), Dr. Mooli Brog (Taglit-Birthright Israel), Dr. Zohar Raviv (Taglit-Birthright Israel), Prof. Leonard Saxe (Brandeis Univesrity) and Prof. Ted Sasson (Brandeis University/Middlebury College).

Prof. Theodore Sasson (sassont@brandeis.edu) will serve as program committee liaison to overseas participants.