Promote the maintenance of a Jewish and democratic state in Israel
The children in our schools, and most of their parents, were born after the establishment of the Medinah. Jewish autonomy in the Land of Israel is taken for granted and the State is viewed as a political, rather than as a religious, reality. Love of Eretz Yisrael is abundant, but religious Zionist conceptions of the Medinah are generally deficient.
Organize a commission to analyze the role of teachings about Israel and Zionism in the curriculum of each grade. Is there conscious inculcation of love of Israel in the teaching of Biblical and Rabbinic texts and in the experience of Tefillah? Is there a graded curricular approach to assure that the essential elements of the history, geography and religious significance of Israel is appropriately transmitted? Are democratic values promoted?
It is essential to look closely at the ideological values of classroom teachers and to work with them intensively, to assure that the values of the school's mission statement are being transmitted. The ways in which Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are commemorated in the school provide critical messages to students and parents about the Zionist vision of the school.
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