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BZBI Presents: Jonathan Krasner and Elana Rivel

BZBI Presents: Jonathan Krasner and Elana Rivel

January 20 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on International Holocaust Remembrance Day for Elana Rivel in conversation with Jonathan Krasner about Hebrew in Jewish summer camps. Elana is the Director of Ramah Poconos Day Camp in Elkins Park. Jonathan has just published a book on Jewish Summer camps and his co-authors even mention some of the programs Elana has spearheaded at her camp.

Elana has excelled in Jewish education for nearly thirty years, including consulting with educational institutions locally and nationally about systemic change processes. Elana has received the Professional of Excellence, Change Agent award from the Tri-State Jewish Professionals Organization and was a member of the pilot cohort of the Jim Joseph Foundation Fellowship, delving into the use of text and technology for building online communities. Elana received her M.Ed from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and a B.A. in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Each summer, thousands of American Jews attend residential camps, where they are exposed to the Hebrew language, including a unique version called Camp Hebraized English, as in: “Let’s hear some ruach (spirit) in this chadar ochel (dining hall)!” In his new book, Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, Jonathan explains how these language practices have evolved from the early 20th century to today.  Hebrew Infusion explores conflicting ideologies, showing how hybrid language serves a formative role in fostering religious, diasporic communities. Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. He is also the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education which won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.

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