RAMAH ISRAEL LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (RILI)
RILI Curricular Units
Any of the RILI units below can form the basis for formal curricular units as well as informal programming for peulot erev, y’mei meyuchad, etc.
Each unit includes several formalized sichot/peulot (referred to as “core sessions”), sample Divrei T'fillah/Torah, suggested vocabulary lists, and additional programming resources. The units all contain primary source material (Israeli graffiti art, short stories, Israeli raps/songs, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc.) so that campers can interact and engage in a “first-hand” encounter with Israeli society.
Each of the RILI units has been designed to be experiential, interactive, and informal, in order to facilitate dialogue between campers and inspire critical thought and reflection related to their values and attitudes.
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List of RILI Units
- The Founding of the State of Israel
This curriculum, which gives an introduction to the events leading up the founding of the State, is a unit of the Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI), funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund in...Read More
- Garage Band, iMovie, Photoshop, and Kindle...Meet Israel
This curriculum, which will serve as an introduction to Israel through the lens of contemporary artists, is a unit of the Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI), funded by the Legacy Heritage...Read More
- Israeli Politics: Is There Future Leadership?
This curriculum, which offers an introduction to the Israeli political system and an overview of the current leadership, is a unit of the Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI), funded by the...Read More
- JTown: Yerushalayim Shel Malah, Yerushalayim Shel Matah, Yerushalayim Shel Kulam
This curriculum, which looks at the extent to which opinions differ among Israelis regarding the status of Jersualem, and how those opinions developed over the last twenty years, is a unit of the...Read More
- Moral Dilemmas of the Modern Israeli Soldier
This curriculum, which explores Israeli army service and pidyon shevuyim, is a unit of the Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI), funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund in to advance Israel...Read More
- Ram Kol: LOUD Israeli Culture
This curriculum, utilizes the diverse messages embedded in Israeli popular culture to teach chanichim about the complexity of the Israel while attempting to inculcate a deep
respect and love...Read More
- Zionist Think Tank: If Herzl Had Facebook
This curriculum, which gives an introduction to early Zionist thinkers, is a unit of the Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI), funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund in to advance Israel...Read More
- BaDerech LeEretz Yisrael: On the Way to Israel (Under development)
RILI Curriculum Writers
Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making aliyah at the age of 17 and studying in a yeshiva, he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite infantry combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. A licensed tour guide by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. Tuvia served as a shaliach for the Jewish Agency for Israel and as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He is the author (and illustrator) of the internationally acclaimed Israel education curriculum For the Sake of Zion; Pride and Strength through Knowledge (third edition, JAFI 2010), and is at present working on his next book, a history of the Jewish people. Tuvia is currently a doctoral candidate in Jewish education at The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Ilan Bloch works as a tour guide, teacher, program coordinator and RILI Israel Education curriculum developer for Ramah Programs in Israel. He is an Israeli Ministry of Education-authorized tour guide and a licensed teacher, and is currently completing his MA in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University. Before making aliyah more than 7 years ago, he worked as a Jewish Studies, Hebrew and Israel Studies teacher, and served as the Head of Informal Jewish/Israel Education at The King David School in Melbourne, Australia.
Carl Schrag is a journalist, teacher and Middle East analyst who shares his expert perspectives on Israeli affairs with audiences across North America. He puts current events into perspective by examining them in the context of recent and ancient history, sharing insights about the hopes and dreams embraced by 6.9 million Israelis, and stressing the significance of Israel’s relationship with Jews in America and around the world. Carl served as the Editor of The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English-language daily, has lectured widely around the world, and has been published in many of the world’s leading periodicals.
Charlie Schwartz is the co-founder of MediaMidrash.org, an innovative Jewish education technology venture. A senior rabbinical student at The Jewish Theological Seminary and a nationally recognized educator focusing on Israel education and technology, Charlie leverages his obsession with Israeli pop culture to help build connections between North American and Israeli Jews.
The Ramah Israel Leadership Initiative (RILI) is funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund to advance Israel education at Ramah camps.