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Israel: Exploring its Complexities through Creative Media

Instructor: Vavi Toran

In order to present complex issues and a wide spectrum of views and beliefs about Israel, we take our cues for this series showcasing various forms of art and multi-media. Through the use of music-themed podcasts, short films, visual art and maps, this four part-series will familiarize educators with both content and strategies to teach about Israel and the Jewish world to learners of many types.  To participate, you must register for all four online sessions.

These online sessions build upon one another as a complete series, so please do your best to attend all four. 

Session 1: November 7, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: November 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 3: December 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 4: December 19, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $54.00 per participant for entire series

Please click here to register

Deadline to register is October 31, 2019


Vavi was raised in Tel Aviv by a theatrical and artistic family and studied English Literature and Art History at the Hebrew University, and Painting and Drawing at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. Her career as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area spans more than 30 years.

Vavi joined the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation during its first year of operation in 1996, as the Director of Cultural and Educational Resources. In 2003 she was assigned the new position of Director of the Israel Education Initiative, a joint project of the San Francisco-based Bureau of Jewish Education (now Jewish LearningWorks) and the Israel Center. For several years, Vavi has served as the Israel Education and Arts Specialist at Jewish LearningWorks. In this capacity she created educational material, planned exhibits and events, conducted workshops for educators and adult learners, and served as a consultant to schools on issues of Israel Education and Integration of the Arts. Today Vavi is an independent consultant, and among other things develops content for The iCenter for Israel Education.

“As an educator, the most natural thing for me was to combine my passion for the arts and my passion for Israel and Jewish Education. Arts and culture are engaging, revealing, and relevant to young learners and educators alike. They enhance the tastes and boost the flavors of Israel and strengthen Jewish knowledge and identity.”

Earlier Event: November 6
Later Event: November 10
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