SAE Staff Celebrates 2019-20 School Year Opening with Fascinating Day of Learning

Employees of the Society for Advancement of Education’s schools, residences and national programs, celebrated the opening of the new school year with a festive and fascinating day of camaraderie and learning at Mae Boyar High School in Jerusalem on August 27, 2019.

The day started with a wide variety of workshops in small groups, on topics as diverse as Makers, smartphone photography, spoken word, Montessori, The Tomatis Method (a natural approach to neurosensory stimulation), mindfulness, and even juggling!

This was followed by the official opening session, MC’d by Mrs. Andira Biadse, principal of the Sindiana High School, who shared fables relevant to education from the Islamic tradition. Speakers included Yosi Ashkenazi, Chairman of SAE’s Board of Directors and Eitan Moran, Executive Director of SAE. A musical interlude was performed by Neta Ohana and Noam Gezundheit, teachers at the Re’ut School.

The day’s keynote speaker was Dr. Shimon Azulay, who teaches philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Azulay’s lecture, entitled “The Game of Life: Educational Challenges of Tomorrow,” focused on the human need to be meaningful and to belong to a community of meaning, and what that means in terms of educational practices.

The day ended with a spoken word performance in both Hebrew and Arabic.

How do we feel about the upcoming year?

Miriam Assaraf-Leibowitz, principal of the new Inbar School: “It is very exciting to see a vision begin to materialize, a vision that we have been working on building for a long time, in terms of education and pedagogy. This is the most exciting part. I look forward to taking this journey with students and parents, and to growing and developing with them.” Learn more about Inbar.

Yifat Ben-Nun, coordinator of the Tel Aviv Learning Center for Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: “This year will be very different from the previous ones, as we hope to extend the learning center until 6:00 pm. This will enable many things that aren’t possible in a shorter time, after school. The extended day will be divided into formal and experiential learning, and the extra hours will allow the children to receive more individual attention.” Read more about the Learning Centers.

Rabbi Yoni Hochman, new principal of Hachmey Lev Yeshiva High School: “I have great hope and expectations for the new year. Our goal is to give the students the best possible, and I’m feeling optimistic about accomplishing that.”  Learn more about Hachmey Lev.

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