The Diaspora Initiative – UnitEd – operates in Jewish schools around the world, to strengthen Jewish identity and ties to the community and to Israel.
The initiative believes that quality Jewish education is the key to communities in the Diaspora continuing to flourish.
UnitEd is a cooperative venture among the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, and individual donors and foundations from across the Jewish world. CET (the Center for Educational Technology) serves as the operating entity, managing all of the initiative’s activities throughout the world.
The initiative works to strengthen Jewish education, by meeting the key challenges faced by Jewish schools throughout the world, among them:
Training and professional development for teachers;
Pedagogic support and consultation;
Accessibility of content and study materials;
Development of informal activities within the schools;
Reinforcing ties between the school and the community within which it operates.
The work of the initiative is carried out individually with each school: together with the school we build a working program, as part of an overall strategic planning process.
We believe that raising the quality, status and prestige of Jewish studies will strengthen the schools, and will empower the Jewish ties of their graduates.
To this end, the initiative operates on two levels: individual handling of the needs of each school participating in the initiative and, in parallel, the creation of systemic solutions for educators across the Jewish world.
The initiative operates through local administrations that work under the overall supervision of the initiative’s headquarters, located in Israel. As of 2019, the initiative has three administrative units – one for Europe, one for France, and one for Latin America.
The State of Israel, through the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, working on an equal footing in cooperation with various bodies throughout the world to promote the initiative.
TENDERS AND RFIS
Currently there are no open tenders.
GLOBAL RESOURCE CENTER
The initiative’s resource center was created out of a desire to concentrate, in a single location, the best of the tools, teaching aids, and training programs for Jewish studies educators around the world. The GRC is updated regularly, and offers advanced filtering and selection tools for locating materials, addition of feedback, and addition of new items by users.
The GRC includes information regarding courses and in-service training programs, teaching aids, databases, and so on. We would welcome suggestions for additional items for inclusion in the collection.