Upcoming seminars

CJN seminar in Istanbul

Date: February 24-27, 2019
Location: Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey

We are pleased to organize our 7th professional development seminar for European Jewish school teachers in Istanbul, Turkey! 40 educators from 16 countries will come together to gain new resources and tools, discuss common challenges and ideas about Jewish education, and form partnerships for the future. This year, cross-border projects will be in the focus of the seminar: every participant will find a project partner from another Jewish school, and together they will build a project to connect their students and virtually jump classroom walls! 

Preliminary program (please note that this program is updated constantly):

24. February, Sunday (Location: Ulus Jewish High School)

13:00 Arrivals, registration (lunch available)

14:00 Welcome remarks by Marcell Kenesei (Centropa) and Funda Kara (Ulus)

14:30 Ice breakers: getting to know each other

15:30 Presentation of a veteran Centropa teacher: what can you achieve with Centropa?

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 A tour in the Ulus School

17:00 Ice breakers: getting to know each other’s schools

18:00 Introducing Centropa materials

19:30 Welcome dinner at Ortakoy Synagouge


25. February, Monday (Location: Alef Jewish Youth Club)

8:30 Inspirations for cooperation projects. Veteran teachers present their successful student projects

9:15 Methods of accomplishing cross-border projects - presentation by Marcell Kenesei

10:15 Finding partners for your cooperation project

10:30 Coffee break + Project planning

12:00 How to use primary sources? – Presentation of the National Library of Israel

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Centropa films

14:30 In groups, teachers create lessons plans for Centropa films

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Three corners - three ideas. Workshops by invited guests: Sammy Morhaim (Jewish Interactive), Galina Cargher (International Center for Training and Development), Dorothea Fecske (Frankfurt Jewish School)

17:00 Free evening


26. February, Tuesday (Location: Goethe Institute)

9:00 A walking tour of Jewish Istanbul

12:30 Lunch at Litera Restaurant

13:30  Presenting lesson plans

14:15 Introducing the CJN student competition

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Working on cross-border projects

17:00 Presenting project ideas + feedback

18:30 Dinner


27. February, Wednesday (Location: Alef Jewish Youth Club)

8:30 - Café Dilemma – discussing challenges we face in our schools

9:30 - Centropa films and projects

11:00 - Feedback session

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Participants depart

Special thanks to our partners, the Ulus Jewish School, for hosting this seminar! The seminar is supported by the JDC, the Jack Buncher Foundation, the Polinger Foundation, and the European Jewish Fund. 

For more information, contact CJN coordinator Bori Pál: pal(at)centropa.org

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