The European Janusz Korczak Academy is a partner of The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Nevatim School

BACKGROUND

In 2012, the „Nevatim“ program (Hebrew for ‚sprouts‘) aimed at supporting grassroots initiatives by young Jewish adults was launched by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Dozens of projects from all over Germany have already been created and concudcted with the support of Nevatim. By 2015, the program has moved beyond Germany and extended its operations to all of German-speaking Europe, i.e. into Switzerland and Austria.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The Nevatim School targets young Jewish adults aged 18 through 25 from Germany, Austria and Switzerland ready and willing to discover  and explore their Jewish identity who are also interested in acquiring certain crucial skills for Jewish community work – such as in the fields of education, media literacy and project management.

The School’s aim is to foster and support social responsibility and involvement among its participants and to help them build and manage their own projects successfully while strengthening their Jewish identity.  Thus, we want to contribute to a strong and sustainable Jewish community in German-speaking Europe.
 

SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL INITIATIVES

The European Janusz Korczak Academy offers expert guidance and supervision with the goal of enabling the participants to run their own projects while implementing their newly-acquired skills. On top of that, initiatives that are particularly promising and can have a significant impact toward the strengthening of the Jewish community in German-speaking Europe can be entitled to grant funding within the frame of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Nevatim support program.

 

NEVATIM SCHOOL TRACKS

The Nevatim School offers a total of three tracks focusing on different aspects of Jewish social and educational activism.
 

„JANUSZ KORCZAK FELLOWSHIPS: JEWISH EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS“

This track is directed primarily at young Jewish adults already or planning to get involved in Jewish educational work. Participants are encouraged to follow the traces of Korczak’s pedagogy of respect and to plan as well as implement their own Jewish education project. Additionally, the track aims to introduce the students to the basic ideas, values and practical examples of the educational traditions within Judaism.
 

  • Janusz Korczak‘s pedagogy of respect as an example for Jewish approaches to education;
  • particular themes of Jewish educational teachings: issues of Jewish identity, Jewish annual and life cycles, Jewish everyday life and the Jewish home, Israel, Torah and Mitzvot
  • methodological overview of Jewish pedagogy: inquiries and critical dialogue, Chavruta, special role of texts etc.;
  • the story of Jewish pedagogical thought and educational work;
  • modern best-practice examples for learning and education in Israel and the Diaspora

„MEDIA LITERACY AND LEADERSHIP“

Through the track „Media Literacy and Leadership“, the European Janusz Korczak Academy aims to support media literacy among young Jewish activists. That way, we hope to effect a professionalization of Jewish organizations’ PR work on the one hand and to support the fight against anti-Semitism and delegitimization of Israel on the other. On top of that, we expect graduates of the track to critically reflect upon their own use of media to a certain degree.

 

  • basic knowledge of institutional and media-related resources of Jewish media and PR work;
  • analyzing the current challenges of Jewish PR work in German-speaking Europe;
  • rhetorical and factual trainings against anti-Israel delegitimization attempts;
  • practice-oriented training on responsibility and media ethics

Students work under the guidance of experienced members of Jewish and non-Jewish media and PR teams and get to take a behind-the-scenes look at leadership practices within the field of media literacy.

 

„SOCIAL PROJECTS WITHIN AND FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY“

This track is directed primarily at those who wish to explore their Jewish identity through social activism. Debating societies, student clubs, Hebrew discussion groups and much, much more – these are but some of the many different communities that enrich Jewish life in Munich. In keeping with this spirit, winning young Jewish adults over for community and voluntary work as well as preparing and professionalizing the leaders of tomorrow are the strategic goals of this track.

 

Main points of this track include:

  • Basics of project management, training of soft skills;
  • social responsibility and leadership within Jewish tradition;
  • global and local Jewish networking: project context and project resources;
  • best practice: Jewish social initiatives in the Diaspora and in Israel  

TRACK STRUCTURE

All tracks are practically oriented. We expect participants to already have at least a vague idea for an autonomous or existing short- and medium-term project in their own fields and to both absorb and contribute to the contents of the individual track sessions. Additionally, each student is required to participate in projects from all three tracks as well as a guided and supervised case studies within the practical part of their track. Tracks combine interactive learning, autonomous learning and practical implementation, thus offering a complex and durable basic education.
 

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

Soft skills are among the most central abilities necessary for projects within the social entrepreneurship, media and education fields – and they require special training. Therefore, Nevatim School students may take part in an optional seminar entitled “How do I Convince Others of my idea? – Performance Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” that will specifically train rhetorical and theatrical techniques, using the help of established theater pedagogue Anastasija Komerloh and experienced rhetoric coach Wladislaw Jachtchenko.

Through the training, students will learn the tricks of rhetoric and how to present their ideas in a convincing manner. Why does my idea merit support? How will it change the world? What reason do others have to join me? What kind of strategy do I have? What kind of help will I need?

These and other fundamental questions will be part of the individual analysis with every single participant before everyone receives an individualized feedback. Apart from that, the seminar will allow them to handle difficult conversations more easily and to address possible stage fright. Body language and voice modulation will also be part of the training.

While the seminar is not compulsory for Nevatim School participants, it is highly recommended they make time between April 15-17, 2016, for the weekend seminar at Munich’s Janusz Korczak House. There will be a total of only twelve spots available. Note that participation is free of charge but expenses for travel, accommodation and board will not be reimbursed for this specific seminar.
 

CERTIFICATION

Participants who have successfully completed one of the tracks and taken part in at least 80 percent of teaching units receive a double certificate made out by both the European Janusz Korczak Academy and The Jewish Agency for Israel.
 

FEES

The fee for participation in the Nevatim School is €180 for the full year and covers accommodation and kosher meals, as well as the actual seminars themselves. Travel costs can be partly reimbursed upon request.
 

LEARNING MATERIALS

Thanks to generous support on behalf of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Academy compiled a comprehensive platform of materials on media work. The platform which goes by the name Medienprojekte erfolgreich gestalten (“Creating Successful Media Projects”) and which is available only in German, entails a printed guide book of the same name, an e-book and a log-in website. All of these are being made available to the participants of the Nevatim School’s media track.  



 

REGISTRATION

Registration is open each year until October 31 at info@nevatim.de.