On the 3rd of August 2021, a joint venture between the KKL-JNF’s Overseas Education Department and the Olam Shalem Center, held a special launch event at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.
The Olam Shalem Center, which was established 3 years ago, cultivates, and works to teach children and teenagers around the world about Jerusalem, thus forging ties between them and strengthening their Jewish identity. Ms. Adi Verner, Director General of Olam Shalem, says today that the educational content of Olam Shalem is being learned in 41 countries, in some 450 Jewish education schools and in partnership with around 650 teachers, emissaries of KKL-JNF in the diaspora and educators around the world.
Two years ago, the work began on this project with KKL-JNF’s Overseas Department of the Education and Community Division, and now the venture has been launched with the support and urging of the Director of Education and Community Division in KKL-JNF, Mr. Sar-Shalom Jerbi. The venture is an innovative tool for counselors of youth movements around the world.
The newborn product, called JLM4ALL, is a free tool for educators and guides, that includes a variety of activities and knowledge in teenagers’ language. This applicable website, current operates in English, French, Spanish, Russian and it will be translated and made accessible in additional languages in the coming year.
The Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Moshe Leon, who opened the event, stated “that the link to Jerusalem is an immediate need. Jewish youth overseas is thirsty for high quality and significant knowledge, and each and every one of them can find a point of contact with Jerusalem. I support and believe in the wonderful venture JLM4ALL and I am certain that KKL-JNF and the Olam Shalem Center know how to emphasize Jerusalem’s advantages in a high quality, young and technological fashion.”
The Director of Education and Community Division in KKL-JNF, Mr. Sar-Shalom Jerbi, stated that education in the Diaspora is the foundation and our approach to teenagers is to create a foundation to connect with the values of KKL-JNF and preserving the values of the Jewish identity, as a primary means to prevent assimilation, and maintain a connect with the State of Israel.
The Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Nachman Shai, said that he views participation in the event as a privilege, that Jerusalem is the center of the world, that youth overseas is thirsty for current knowledge in their own language and that the connection to Jerusalem is a national mission.
The Director of Olam Shalem, Ms. Adi Verner, presented the application and told of emotional encounters with hundreds of teenagers who use the knowledge and activities presented in the application. Adi thanked her partners for the journey in the Department of Education in the Diaspora in KKL-JNF – Ms. Vicky Raveh and Mr. Dubi Paritzki and especially – Ms. Malca Barkay – who was her partner throughout the journey to make this venture a reality!
KKL-JNF’s Department of Education in the Diaspora, headed by Mr. Sar-Shalom Jerbi, operates to promote education in Israel and the diaspora. It operates to strengthen the ties between the Jewish communities in the Diaspora and in Israel, to create a generation of future leaders who are committed to active Zionism and to instilling values of Zionism and sustainability throughout the Jewish World. During that same event, the KKL-JNF Overseas Department’s internet platform was also presented, which is also a product of a joint venture between KKL-JNF’s Department of Education in the Diaspora and the “Kulam” Association, headed by Mr. Yakir Segev.
Participating in the event were the deputy mayor of Jerusalem Ms. Hagit Moshe, KKL-JNF Director General in France Mr. Daniel Ben Lulu, member of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors Mr. Moti Yogev, the Director of Reshit Jerusalem Ms. Galit Shurka, the leaders of global youth movements, representatives of KKL-JNF, representatives of the Municipality of Jerusalem, education personages and representatives of educational entities from the Diaspora.
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