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  • Ofer Dahan, Director of Bar-Ilan University's International School (back row, 5th from left), with members of the Maccabi World Union delegation

    Ofer Dahan, Director of Bar-Ilan University's International School (back row, 5th from left), with members of the Maccabi World Union delegation

    Bar-Ilan University Teams Up with World Maccabi Union

    Date: 2019-02-11 Hour: 15:53

    Building a new partnership aimed at encouraging Diaspora Jewish youth to study at Bar-Ilan University, Maccabi World Union executives from 14 countries visited campus on their recent, week-long trip to Israel.

    "You represent 250,000 members of Maccabi World Union and can convey our plans for future cooperation," said Maccabi World Union CEO Eyal Tiberger in his opening remarks to the nearly 40 member delegation.

    "From the time of our founding over 60 years ago, we have shared core Jewish and Zionist values with Maccabi World Union," said Bar-Ilan University CEO Zohar Yinon.  In addition, he said, Bar-Ilan University is at the forefront of scientific research, adding that Bar-Ilan offers students all kinds of programs at the juncture in their lives when they consider their options for higher education.   One such program, he said, is the Israel Experience Gap Year Program, which offers a combination of Jewish studies, fully-accredited university courses, and educational tours of Israel from north to south. 

    Prof. Rachel Dekel, Academic Director of Bar-Ilan's International School, told participants that the School offers winter, summer and semester courses, and is working to increase the number of international students studying at the University.  "With the highest number of new immigrant students in Israel, we see you as important partners in this venture," she said.

    Maccabi World Union (MWU) co-chairmen Jed Margolis and David Korenfeld will head the committee advancing the MWU-BIU partnership, it was announced.

    Dr. Shira Eluz, Director of the Simulation Unit at Bar-Ilan's Churgin School of Education, introduced participants to the workshops she and her team offer to train educators to reflect upon their practice and improve their interpersonal communications skills.  Additional speakers included Dr. Aviad Bakshi, of the Faculty of Law, who discussed the constitutional meaning of Israel as a Jewish nation state, Dr. Jonathan Schler, on Bar-Ilan's Israel Prize-winning Responsa Project -- a database that consists of one of the world's largest electronic collections of Jewish texts in Hebrew, Dr. Isaac Hershkowitz, of the Faculty of Jewish Studies, who discussed obedience to the law in Religious Zionism, and Dr. Micah Goodman, author and director of Ein Prat Midrasha, on the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.