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פרויקט קשר רב דורי המתקיים בבית הספר "מגן" בתל אביב ובבית הספר התאום "פרסמן" בלוס אנג'לס

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Friendships that Matter

I want to share an amazing experience I had a few weeks ago. My family and I were invited for Friday night dinner at my friends Janet and Harry. The invitation in and of itself was not the impetus for this blog — the company was. Not only was Janet's mother, father in-law, and brother in-law there, she’d also invited the family that had hosted her son Oren when he was on the Magen trip two years ago. The entire family, Inbal, Chen, Romi, Gal, and Tom who was on the delegation to Pressman in 2006, and Ron who was Oren's host. The family was on a vacation to the Western United States and planned the trip to start with a Shabbat dinner at Janet's home.

This to me is what our twinning program and partnership with the Magen school is all about — the development of deep personal relationships. Janet and Inbal are in constant communication. There was no way that Inbal would think to come to California without getting together. And likewise, when Janet and Harry celebrated Oren's Bar Mitzvah in Israel, Inbal and her family where there, as well as all Janet’s other friends from the Magen community.

Friendships are made that change people's life. I feel blessed to count so many people in the Magen community as my friends. My life has been enriched for the better and I know Janet and her entire family’s has been as well.

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Rabbi Mitchel Malkus

The Pressman-Magen Partnership – A New Model for Israel Education

 

After a few weeks of reflection, I want to share some thoughts about Pressman Academy’s recent 6th grade delegation to the Magen School in Israel. In many ways the partnership between Pressman and Magen reflects an emerging paradigm shift in Israel education, one that the founders of Partnership 2000, which launched the school twinning program, foresaw over a decade ago.

 

Almost since the founding of the State of Israel, the classical Zionist paradigm of Israel (and Israel education) has been that Israel is at the center and the diaspora is on the periphery. American Jews and students engaged in Israel education to learn about Israel, it’s history, and it’s centrality in Jewish life. Diaspora Jewries around the world were asked to support Israel financially, visit Israel, and advocate for Israel. There was never a sense of a two-way relationship.

 

This old model has given way to a new paradigm of mutuality. In this new paradigm, Jews in Israel live in mutual relationship with Jews in the diaspora. We each learn from the other, support the other, and serve as a resource for Jewish learning and living.

 

The Pressman-Magen partnership embodies many of the aspects of this new conception of the relation between Israel and the diaspora. In our school partnership we have a commitment to a mutual model of learning where we each community learns from the other. Whereas the goal of the old model was supporting Israel, the partnership between our schools is based on the notion of the importance of Jewish peoplehood. Last, the partnership between our schools focuses on the relationship that students, parents, and teachers at both schools develop with their counterparts. As American Jews, our students and families experience Israel through the relationships with students and families at the Magen School; Magen students and families learn about different models for Jewish living in the 21st century.

 

It had been seven years since I last participated on the delegation to Magen. I was reminded throughout the visit, and in the weeks following, how unique our partnership is and how important it is for the Jewish identity development of students and families at both Magen and Pressman. I was impressed continually with the thought and care that the Magen staff and families put into our visit and the overriding sense of partnership that exists between our two schools.

 

I feel fortunate to have had the chance to be in Israel in person for the delegation. Our partnership is a strong one based on mutuality, relationship, and commitment to Jewish peoplehood. It is a model for Israel education for both American and Israeli Jews.

 

 

 

 

 

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Melissa Berenbaum

We are fortunate at Pressman Academy that, as part of the Los Angeles-Tel Aviv Twinning Program sponsored by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, we have an exchange program with the Magen School in Maoz Aviv. Throughout the elementary school, our students are exposed through a variety of programs, to their counterparts at Magen, culminating in a visit during 6th Grade. In October, 2011, fifteen Israeli sixth graders, accompanied by a handful of parents and teachers, visited Pressman for ten days. And in late April, twenty-six Pressman students, accompanied by many parents and several teachers, visited the Magen School and Israel for ten days. The children stayed in host homes, with parents and faculty in a nearby hotel.

 

Traveling with their classmates and making connections with similarly aged Israeli children afforded our students a unique and extraordinary experience. They attended a moving Erev Yom Ha’zikaron ceremony in Maoz Aviv, led by the Magen School’s 5th graders, which included the recitation of the names of Magen graduates who were fallen soldiers. They celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with Israeli families at parks and beaches with abundant barbecues, games with oversized blow-up mallets emblazoned with the Israeli flag and spraying a shaving cream-like substance on each other. They walked, unaccompanied by parents, babysitters or housekeepers, the Israeli neighborhood between their host homes, the school and after-school activities, like the Scouts, a brand new experience for most of the Los Angeles students. And they went on a day long tour (“tee-ul”) up north with their Israeli classmates, visiting Haifa and a Druse village.

 

The program successfully presents Israel to 12 year olds in ways they can absorb – by making connections with kids and families who share their history and their narrative. The trip is not designed as an overview of Israel, a Federation Mission, or a Birthright program. The itinerary does not cover many significant sites in Israel and goes out of its way not to confront any contemporary political issues. The exchange even avoids religious controversies by taking the Pressman students and parents to Jerusalem for the only Shabbat of the trip, without the host Israelis who are a secular community. We led our own spirited and moving Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, avoiding any possible confrontation at the Kotel. Everyone had the opportunity to experience the Kotel on Friday evening, following Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

The Pressman-Magen exchange has flourished for 14 years, under the leadership and commitment of both schools’ dedicated professionals, as well as Federation support. My daughter, Mira, and I were part of this year’s delegation (as Josh and I were last year), which afforded me the opportunity to watch my kids experience their own Israel.

 

The program sparks a connection between our children and the Jewish state and its people. The Magen-Pressman exchange created friendships for our children and connections that will only grow and deepen as Mira and her classmates mature, and have future opportunities to visit or study in Israel. And I was lucky to be along for the ride!

 

Melissa Berenbaum

 

 

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רחוקים אך קרובים – So Far and Yet so Near

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מאת שוש קיפר, מנהלת בית הספר מגן ,בתל אביב

השנה אנו מציינים בגאווה ובהתרגשות מלאת 14 שנים לקשר  שנרקם בין בית ספר "מגן" הממוקם בשכונת מעוז אביב שבתל אביב, לבין בית ספר "פרסמן"שבלוס אנג'לס, במסגרת תכנית השותפות ת"א -ל"א שמטרתה בניית מערכת יחסים וזיקות בין בתי הספר בתל אביב ולוס אנג'לס, בין אנשי חינוך, משפחות ויחידים, לחיזוק הקשרים בין העם בישראל והתפוצות והעמקת תחושת השייכות של הדור הצעיר לעם היהודי, למורשתו ולמולדתו.

 קשר מיוחד במינו נרקם בשנים אלה  לא רק בין יחידים שהגיעו בכל שנה לביקורים הדדיים, אלא גם בין בתי הספר ובין הקהילות לבין עצמן. הקשר בין מגן לפרסמן, הוא – אם תרצו – מעין מיקרוקוסמוס ליחסים המיוחדים המתקיימים בין  מדינת ישראל ליהודי ארה"ב.  במרכזו של אותו מיקרוקוסמוס עומדת אחדות הגורל של שתי הקהילות, בארץ ובלוס אנג'לס.

ליהודי ארה"ב היה מקום חשוב בפעילות למען היהודים שנקלעו לסערת השואה במלחמת העולם השנייה, ולהחלטה האמריקנית לתמוך בהקמת מדינה יהודית בארץ ישראל. רחוקים- אולי במרחק,  אבל קרובים בלב ובנשמה. זוהי תמצית השותפות בינינו.

לא פעם, בסערת מאורעות  דרמטיים בעולם  עולות שאלות על מיקומן של שתי הקהילות בתודעה הקולקטיבית של העם היהודי. בכל פעם,  נוכח העולם מחדש  לדעת עד כמה ערבות הקהילות הללו זו לזו. עד כמה הן דואגות זו לזו , גם אם לעיתים נקלעות הן למחלוקות אידיאולוגיות או מדיניות מזדמנות וחולפות.

ההיסטוריה המשותפת, התרבות המשותפת שעמדה במבחנים של אלפי שנים ואחדות הגורל, מגשרות על פני המחלוקות. יהודי התפוצות חשים בזיקה העמוקה בת אלפי השנים ופועלות לטובת המדינה.  מדינת ישראל מצידה רואה ביהודי התפוצות עורף היסטורי, משפחה,  שעליו ניתן להישען לשותפות הזו, לברית הזו, אין תחליף.

לפני שבועות אחדים שבתי מביקור שקיימה משלחת של הורים, מורים ותלמידים מבית ספר "מגן" שבתל אביב, בבית הספר "פרסמן" שבלוס אנג'לס.

 התחושה הראשונית הייתה שהגענו לבית חם. בית יהודי חם, אוהב ומלטף, גם אם הוא נמצא אלפי קילומטרים מהבית  הראשוני שלנו, בארץ ישראל.

מצאנו מקום שבו אנשי הקהילה מבטאים את יהדותם באמצעות שמירה על המסורת היהודית והשתתפות פעילה ותורמת בחגים ובאירועים היהודיים. למדנו לכבד ולהעריך את הערך המוסף הזה של ביטוי החיים היהודיים בתפוצה.

למדנו מקרוב על מקום המשמר בעקשנות אך גם באהבה את התרבות היהודית, עם זיקה ורצון כן ואמיתי להכיר מקרוב את ביטויי התרבות הישראלית החילונית, כל זאת במסגרת חינוכית ולימודית ברמה גבוהה, תחת הנהגתו של מנהל בית הספר, הרב מיטשל (מיטצ') מלקוס הנהנה מהוקרה עצומה בקהילה.

הגענו לכאן ממקום אחר, משכונת מעוז אביב שבצפון תל אביב. כמה אלפי קילומטרים מכאן.

שכונת מעוז אביב שבית הספר מגן עומד במרכזה נוסדה בשנת 1954 כשכונה של אנשי צבא. מדובר בשכונה ייחודית מאד בהקשרים הקהילתיים שלה, כשבית הספר מגן, כמו בית הספר פרסמן בלוס אנג'לס, מהווה עוגן קהילתי חשוב. אופייה  הייחודי של השכונה הנטועה על כרי דשא ובבניה נמוכה על פי רוב,  הביא לכך שרבים בעיר המטרופוליטנית הגדולה תל אביב, מכנים אותה : "קיבוץ בתוך העיר" בית הספר קולט תלמידים המגיעים מהשכונות הסמוכות נאות אפקה, תל ברוך, הדר יוסף ורמות צהלה.

בית הספר מגן שלנו קיים כבר למעלה מחמישים שנה.  מתוכו יצאו דורות של בוגרים הנמצאים היום בליבה הפועמת של מדינת ישראל: בכלכלה, בתעשייה, במערכת הביטחון, במשפט, באמנות ובספורט. מבית הספר יצאו אל  החיים האמתיים כשהם מצוידים בכלי למידה והתמודדות עם אתגרי העתיד, אך גם עם ערכים. מרכיב חשוב מאד באותם ערכים שהקנה להם בית הספר היה במסגרת תוכנית שותפות תל-אביב/לוס-אנג'לס ובתוכה השותפות הארוכה והמיוחדת עם בית הספר התאום – פרסמן.

תוכנית השותפות והתאומות עם "פרסמן" הינה תוכנית חשובה ב"מגן". יש בה מיצוי מזוקק של אותה אחדות גורל המתקיימת בין שני חלקי העם היהודי, כאן ובארה"ב.  הוא מסיר חסמים, ובונה רבדים רבדים  של קשר בין דורי שאסור לו שיינתק.

פרסמן ומגן. שתי קהילות. רחוקות כל כך וגם קרובות כל כך.

This year we proudly note the 14th year of the special joint partnership between The Magen School in Maoz-Aviv in Tel-Aviv and The Pressman Academy in Los-Angeles. In the framework of this partnership program (Tel-Aviv  L.A.) whose aim is to build a relationship and a bond between the schools in Tel-Aviv and Los Angeles, between the educators, families and individuals, to strengthen the relations between the people in Israel and the Diaspora, and a deepening of feelings of belonging for the younger generation to the Jewish people, its heritage and its homeland.

As a result of this partnership, a unique bond has developed over the years not only on the personal level for those individuals who took part in the delegations but also between the schools and the two communities.

This bond signifies a kind of microcosm of the special relationship which exists between The State of Israel and the Jewish communities in America. In the heart of this microcosm is the mutual fate that binds the two communities together.

The Jewish communities in America played an important role in the efforts to help the Jews who were caught up in the devastating storm of the Holocaust during The Second World War, and had a huge impact on the American decision to support the creation of a Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael.

Very often, as dramatic events occur in the world, questions concerning the roles of the two communities in the collective Jewish consciousness arise and each time the world realizes the extent of the mutual guaranty and responsibility the two communities hold towards each other. It becomes obvious how they care for each other despite ideological or political differences that may arise from time to time.

Our mutual history and our shared Jewish culture, which has overcome many obstacles and has survived over thousands of years, and our unified fate – these are treasures and values which bridge the gap of any differences which may arise.

Jews in the Diaspora feel an age old bond to the homeland and are forever supportive of The State of Israel.

Israel, on its part, views the Jews in the Diaspora as a historic home front, as a family, on which it can lean on for support. This partnership, this bond, is irreplaceable and priceless.

A few weeks ago I returned from a visit to the Pressman Academy with the Magen delegation of parents, teachers and students.

The primary feeling as we landed was that of arriving at a warm family home. We felt at home despite the thousands of kilometers separating it from our actual homes in Israel.

During our visit we were hosted by a warm Jewish community which expresses its Jewish identity by abiding by the laws of the Jewish faith and tradition and by active participation in Jewish events and holidays. We learned to respect and appreciate this profound expression of the Jewish way of life.

We were acquainted with this wonderful place in which

the Jewish tradition is strictly but lovingly observed. A community with a true desire to become acquainted with the secular Israeli culture as it expressed in our way of life.

The moving experience we shared with our hosts took place within the high level educational institution of The Pressman Academy headed by Rabbi Mitchell (Mitch) Malcos who is very highly regarded by his community.

We, of course, came from a distant place – from a neighborhood called Maoz-Aviv located in the north of Tel-Aviv.

The Maoz-Aviv neighborhood – where the Magen School is located – was originally built for "army people" – people who signed on in the army and went on to become commanders and officers.

This neighborhood is unique in its strong communal identity, where the Magen School much like The Pressman Academy in Los Angeles, serves as an anchor in the community.

Maoz-Aviv's special characteristics along with its many grass lawns , gardens and "low rise" apartment buildings and homes, has come to be known in Tel-Aviv as "the kibbutz within the city". Our school population also consists of students from the nearby neighborhoods of Neot-Afeka, Tel-Baruch, Hadar-Yosef,

Ramot and Tzahala.

The Magen School is over fifty years old. Over the years it has reared many generations of successful graduates. Many of our graduates now hold important posts in a variety of distinguished institutes in the fields of finances, industry, national security, the judiciary system, in the world of arts and in sports.

Our students graduate not only with tools to help them cope with life's challenges but also graduate with values.

Some of the more important values with which we enrich and educate our students generate from the Partnership Program.

This partnership program with Pressman is a very important program in Magen. It constitutes the essence of the shared fate existing between our people on both sides of the world. It helps to dissipate any barriers and builds layers upon layers of multi-generational bonds that should not be severed.

Shosh Keiper
Pressman and Magen.
Two communities.
So Far and Yet so Near!

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