Friday, February 26, 2010
Please join donate to our fundraiser to raise $2000 for the new Sudanese Amutah (non-profit organization) in Arad and to cut off my dirty dirty dreadlocks. Our goal is to get $2000 to donate 10 netbooks so the Sudanese community can start a computer class! The fundraiser starts today and will end on March 13th.
Send USA donations to:
50 W58th Street
New York, NY 10019
8 Gad Street
IMPORTANT: in the check memo you need to mention "Garin Tzedek - Dead Dreads" or we won't get the money. If you are sending dollars/shekels attach a small note with your name and indicating that the money you are sending is to be donated to the Garin Tzedek Dead Dreads Fundraiser
Monday, February 15, 2010
Garin Tzedek is a movement within Year Course started by a small group of seniors last year who wanted to bring Young Judaea “back” to the program. Our group embodies the ideals of tikkun olam, peer leadership and kehila that are so much a part of what makes Young Judaea unique. As the year progressed we began to realize that many of these principles are lacking in the current Year Course program.
At this pivotal moment for Year Course, when you have the ability to reshape this program, we hope you will take the opportunity to make this something all Judaeans can be proud of. The following are some ways we believe Year Course can be improved.
(a) Tiyulim- (consisting of overnight camping trips) should be reinstated. Not only is it an opportunity for participants to bond but also a chance to explore different areas of Israel. One big tiyul when participants first arrive in Israel should also be brought back.
(b) Recreation center in each section - There should be a centralized location open to all Year Coursers (where a madrich or shomer is not required) to hang out as an alternative to the local bar.
(c) Education - All yearcourse members should achieve a basic level of understanding regarding Israel, Judaism, and Zionism. Every yearcourse member has a different potential, but all individuals should be pushed to reach their own.
(d) Siyurim- Siyurim are a wonderful element of the program and are very often the highlight of the week. But they are not put into context. There should be some form of activity, discussion or background information before or after the Siyur.
(e) Kibbutz -Kibbutzim have historically been an influential aspect of the Year Course experience, and despite the fact that they no longer hold as much prominence in Israeli society, we maintain that there should still be a kibbutz option for Year Course chanichim.
(f) Optional intensive Ulpan track- participants should be given the option of joining a track for no extra charge that provides classes, activities or trips for anyone who wants to seriously pursue learning the language.
(g) Making Garin Tzedek an optional track- Garin Tzedek should be a formal track available to all Year Coursers to join at any point in the year. It is a garin for anyone interested in peer leadership and social action.
In general our suggestions revolve around three basic values: altruism (tikun olam), relationships/fraternity (cheverut), Zionism (tziyonut). Our structural suggestions are all minor in comparison with the ideals they represent. We have felt the absence of true social action outside of our garin activities and a half-hearted attempt at building groups (Kvutzot) on the program. To put it into a phrase, Year Course needs to reconnect with the movement (Young Judaea) in the future. We want to be a part of Year Course as a larger mission to a) build and improve Israel, b) individually mature, grow, and find our place within the larger Zionist movement and c) form lifelong bonds to maintain the brotherhood and sisterhood that are essential aspects to Judaism and Zionism.
We sincerely hope you take our suggestions into consideration.
Monday, February 8, 2010
On January 12th a Jerusalem Post reporter came to take some photographs of the Sudanese refugees in Arad. The AP wire has some of the photos on their website, including one with Abova (they spelled it Adaou) and two with Ittai Eres! For now this is the best link we can give you, but hopefully we'll have the full quality photos up soon.
http://newshopper.sulekha.com/mideast-israel-palestinians-sudan-refugees_photo_1118876.htm Thank you to Ariel Schalit