Israeli educators visit Jacksonville



Israel Partnership Director

                This past December, Jacksonville hosted four educators from the Federation's Israel Partnership Region of Hadera-Eiron. While in northeast Florida, they taught and observed in local Jewish day schools including The Galinsky Academy and The Torah Academy of Jacksonville. In addition, they worked with religious school students at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) as well as the Jacksonville Jewish Center.
                Educators choose to participate in this experience in order to learn more about classroom education in schools in the United States. They came prepared to teach lessons about life in Israel including how Israelis will be celebrating Hanukah this year and are chosen for this delegation based on the desires of the teachers in our community, who wish to create classroom connections in Israel.  In addition, this year a specialist on Jewish Educational Professional Development was brought in.
                Many thanks to the host families who welcomed these Educators into their homes.  The Federation's partnership with Hadera-Eiron enhances many facets of Jewish life in our community.  If you are interested in becoming involved or learning more about other Israel Partnership Programs, please contact Jill Abel at

Whole Dinner Group

The Educator Delegation from Hadera-Eiron enjoyed celebrating a Chanukah dinner at the home of Jill and Mike Abel on their last night in Jacksonville.  Many friends from our community including Liat Walker, Naomi Chase and the Jacobs Family joined in the celebration.

Talia with 3rd Grade Class at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Talia Arava-Aricha, an educator from Hadera-Eiron joined with Mr. Seth Carpenter and Mrs. Liat Walker to work with the 3rd grade students at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School during her visit here in Jacksonville.  Talia got to know these students who will become friends and pen pals with her students at the Tsafririm School in Hadera.

Lidya and Iris at Torah Academy of Jacksonville

Lidya Frank and Iris Cohen worked with students at the Torah Academy.  They taught about life in Israel and helped the students think about similarities and differences in our two communities.

Lunch with Iris Kraemer

Talia Arava-Aricha, Lidya Frank, Mikhal Heiman and Iris Cohen shared lunch with Iris Kraemer on their first day here in Jacksonville.  These educators came to learn from and share with educators here in Jacksonville.  Many thanks to the Adelson, Canady, Fisch and Mitzmacher families for hosting these women in their homes during their stay.

Farewell Photo at the JCA

The Educators enjoyed visiting with Alan Margolies and other members of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville staff.  During their visit, they shared with our community why it was important for them to have this opportunity.  They loved meeting the teachers and children in the schools and many other families in the Jewish community at The Temple, the Selevan Religious School and River Garden.