June 5, 2008
Briefs: Jewish educators award scholarships, State accredits Jewish teacher training
(Page 3 - Previous Page)"PLP has a strong personal interest in seeing these fellows succeed," said Rhoda A. Weisman, the group's director and founder.
Fellow Jason Benkendorf of St. Louis will attend Johns Hopkins University. He is a regional director of the Curriculum Initiative, a nonprofit that develops Jewish student life at secular private schools.
Liba Bayer, director of outreach and public advocacy of Human Rights Watch in New York, will attend New York University's Wagner Program, earning a master's degree in public administration in nonprofit management.
Phillip Brodsky will pursue an MBA and a master's in Jewish professional leadership in the Brandeis Heller-Hornstein Program. He is founder of WateringHoleTorah.blogspot.com, an online community for 20-something Jews to explore their personal connection to Judaism.
Shelley Rood, still undecided between two programs, currently works in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
Marcie Yoselevsky, currently at New York University in the dual master's degree program in nonprofit management and Judaic studies, was a Jewish Campus Service Corps program associate at Duke University Hillel in Durham, N.C.
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Teens Sought for Israel Media Program
Northern California is the latest locale to sign on to Write on for Israel, a two-year program aimed at teaching 25 high school juniors about Israel through writing, filmmaking, public speaking and new media.
The program, sponsored by BlueStarPR, the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. and the AVI CHAI Foundation, includes seven daylong seminars taught by educators and journalists. The sessions, which feature appearances by Israeli officials, college students and public relations executives, encompass topics such as the history of Israel, modern Jewish history and facts and myths of the current conflict.
In the program's second year, teens take a 10-day summer trip to Israel.
Deadline for applications is Sept. 28. To apply, visit http://www.bluestarpr.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call, (415) 543-6300.