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BZBI Presents: Summer Camp and the American Jewish Future with Dr. Jonathan Krasner and Elana Rivel
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BZBI Presents: Summer Camp and the American Jewish Future with Dr. Jonathan Krasner and Elana Rivel

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

Over the past 75 years, Jewish summer camps have profoundly shaped the course of American Jewish life – in particular through their emphasis on Zionism and Hebrew language. Brandeis historian Dr. Jonathan Krasner, author of the new book Hebrew Infusion, and Elana Rivel, Director of Philadelphia’s Ramah Day Camp, explore the past, present, and future of Hebrew in Jewish summer camping and why it matters for all of us. Whether you went to Masad, Young Judea, or Ramah, you won’t want to miss this conversation about the impact of speaking Hebrew in Jewish Summer Camps.

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Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at 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. 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.

Elana Rivel 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.

 

 

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