The Sister City Program
This program, which more accurately may be described as a sister “region” is a partnership between the Jewish community of New Hampshire and the Hof haCarmel region of Israel. This beautiful region stretches from Cesaria, on the coast of the Mediterranean to the outskirts of Haifa, and eastward into the Carmel Mountains.
Included in the region are the artist village of Ein Hod, kibbutzim, and numerous historical sites. Our partnership offers a people-to-people connection where visitors to either country already have friends and experience home hospitality, thereby forging a deeper connection between the Diaspora and Israel. If you are planning to visit the Hof haCarmel region or if you would like to learn more, please contact our main office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sister City connection in Israel
The artist's village of Ein Hod offers inspiring art experiences, classes, tours and more! Learn more here!
Mark Lazar, Israel Educator
We enjoyed Mark's visit in 2015 and thank those congregations who participated in these fantastic events! Learn more about Mark's visit below.
A Gift to our Jewish Community
mid-November - December 14, 2015
The JFNH Board of Directors is delighted to share news of a special gift available to you this Fall. As part of our renewed commitment to support initiatives that add to the richness of Jewish life throughout New Hampshire, JFNH is sponsoring an Israel Educator-in-residence from mid-November through Chanukah, December 14, 2015. Mark Lazar is a talented leader/teacher/trainer who can provide a wide variety of learning experiences for people of all ages. He specializes in informal education techniques yet he offers frontal presentations as well as interactive programs. We hope that this gift will be a welcome addition to the Jewish and Israel education and programming you customarily offer to your community.
Mark Lazar is a Jewish educator, based in Jerusalem, who specializes in informal education. He engages with people of all ages exploring Jewish Identity and History, Modern and Ancient Israel, and the Holocaust. Through both formal presentations and lively, group activities, Mark brings new excitement and joy to Jewish learning and living.
Mark has more than forty years of experience leading seminars and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Australia, England, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Holland. He is a talented lecturer and discussion leader and has unique expertise in informal education methodology and techniques.
Mark frequently visits the U.S. as a specialist in Israel Engagement. He has worked with the Federations and BJE's in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore and Montreal and has trained staff and madrichim for Israel summer programs and as well as for youth camps throughout the country.
Mark has led over fifty journeys to Poland and provides site education in Israel. He has been an educator a wide variety of organizations including The Jewish Agency for Israel, Birthright Israel, JCCs, Hillels, Melitz, American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), World Zionist Organization, Archeological Seminars, Young Judaea, Limmud, United Synagogue and B'nai Brith.
Mark can custom design any session on any theme for most age groups to meet your needs and interests. You will have the chance to “personalize” his visit to your congregation or organization. See suggested topics below.
- A Bridge Too Far? A Look at Israel/Diaspora Relations
- Is Zionism Dead? From the Precursors to the Founders to Post-Zionism
- Too Many Cooks? Israeli politics
- Israel Update: Current events hitting the news
- The Arab/History Conflict: Origins to Today
- Ethical Dilemmas of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force)
- Religion and State: The conflicts within Jewish identity and democracy
- Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Modern Israel's Greatest Poet
- Jewish Values Auction: An activity prioritizing Jewish values and setting goals in community
- Personal Reflections and Pirke Avot, The Sayings of Our Fathers
- The Sun Also Rises...selections and discussions based on Kohelet (Ecclesiastics)
- Jewish Identity: Past, Present and Future
- Creating a Page of Talmud: A contemporary exploration of an age old method
- The Story of the Jewish People...standing on one foot!
- Yochanan Ben Zekai and the Survival of the Jewish People
- Theatrical Reflections of the Holocaust
- Deciding the Jewish Future...circa 1850
- Poland...1000 Years of Jewish Presence
More Topics for Adults
- Contemporary Jewish Life in Eastern Europe: Post Shoah and Post Communism
- Have I Got A Story For You! A Jewish storytelling session
- Dylan and Text: A look at Bob Dylan lyrics and personal introspection
- "The Last Day of Moses": A monologue performance and discussion on ethical wills
- Visionary Leadership: Models of visionary leaders and workshop on community visions
- The Values of Jewish Values
- Creative Approaches to a Jewish Home
- There's No Business Like Shoah Business! A look at the Poland tour experience
- Understanding the Middle East
- Dilemmas of an Israeli Soldier
- Connecting to Israel...an interactive workshop
- The Ever Changing Map and Borders of Israel
- Israel/Diaspora Relations...and how do I fit in?
- Jewish Values Auction: An activity prioritizing Jewish values
- A Look at Jewish Sexual Ethics: From tradition to contemporary to self
- The Planet JewPiter: Creating a Relevant Jewish Community
- G-d Wrestling: An interactive session of traditional and contemporary views of G-d
- Personal Reflections and Pirke Avot: User friendly text looking at ourselves
- Cycling Through Life Jewishly: An interactive session on the Jewish life cycle
- To Pray or Not to Pray...that is the question! A look at finding personal meaning through prayer
- Youth and the Holocaust: Exploring the Shoah through the testimony and poetry of youth
- The Meaning of Life ...through the words of Kohelet
- Lights Out! An educational game looking at the Jewish calendar
- Jewish Identity and the connection to the Jewish Peoplehood
- Building Group: An interactive session using games and group dynamic activities
FOR YOUTH (school age to Bnai Mitzvah)
These sessions usually are comprised of a few opening games, storytelling and creative drama. The themes below work well within this framework.
- Jewish Life Cycle
- Jewish Values
- Jewish Identity
- Holocaust (age appropriate)
TRAINING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
- Board Leadership Training
- Teacher Training
- Camp Staff Training
- Family Programming
- Program Planning—Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom HaShoah
- Pedagogic Techniques using Drama and Games