Meitarim Network for Inclusive Jewish Education

Amount: 
$240,000
Year: 
2018
Field of Interest: 
Jewish Identity
Program Name: 
Strengthening Jewish Identity in Mixed Religious-Secular Schools
Grant Type: 
Israel
Organization Description: 

Established in 2001, Meitarim Network for Inclusive Jewish Education (Meitarim) works to break down religious divides and change the nature of Jewish education by developing integrated curricula for a network of secular-religious schools across Israel. Meitarim’s model allows students from diverse religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn together about both religious and secular topics. Meitarim provides specialized intensive teacher training, curriculum development, ongoing teacher support, and professional development for administrative staff in order to create pluralistic educational school environments based on values of tolerance, humanism, and mutual respect. Recognized by the Ministry of Education as an official educational model in 2012, Meitarim’s curricula is offered in 85 schools across 29 communities in Israel. 

Grant Purpose: 

Strengthening Jewish Identity in Mixed Religious-Secular Schools offers integrated Jewish curricula to students in schools throughout Israel, and provides teachers with specialized training in pluralistic education, in order to create school cultures rooted in Jewish values.