Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools Organizes Yom Yerushalayim Program Through Video Conferencing

Apr 25, 2006 — The Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools (AMODS), together with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, are sponsoring a special interactive Yom Yerushalayim program for AMODS’ Global Learning Initiative (GLI) schools.

The GLI –– an interactive, videoconferencing, distance-learning program –– connects students and educators at 12 AMODS-affiliated schools with Yeshiva University’s (YU) educational resources. AMODS is part of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF).

The program is scheduled for the evening of May 25 in Jerusalem. The affiliated schools will participate in the program with activities in their schools and by video conferencing, where they will view school representatives at the Kotel for the celebrations in Jerusalem.

For more information about the program or to sign up, click here.

“We suggested that each school invite five students who are completing their year in Israel to represent them at the event,” said Nathan Kruman, assistant director of AMODS and coordinator of the GLI, “Though schools may also invite any alumni who reside in Israel to participate.”

Each participating school will prepare for the event with specially developed materials, and will create a personalized flag to represent the school In Israel, in advance of the celebrations, the school representatives will meet with Rabbi David Israel, director of AMODS, for a special evening program and private tour of new tunnel sites under the Kotel.

On May 25, the AMODS school groups will participate in an educational program in the tunnels at the Kotel via video conferencing. They will hear a brief message from one of their representatives and in the evening their representatives will dance and celebrate with their personalized flags at the Kotel.

“We see this as a meaningful way for students who cannot be in Israel to experience Yom Yerushalayim through people with whom they have a connection,” said Rabbi David Israel, who will emcee the event from Jerusalem.

Schools in Atlanta, Baltimore, Columbus, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Long Island, Memphis, Montreal, Queens, and Seattle all participate in the GLI program.

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