Location:Buenos Aires, Argentina
Name of implementing organization:AMIA, Jewish Agency, Joint
Date of initial project approval:February 2006
Date of project renewal:February 2008
Number of Jews Students: 18,200
Local Jewish schools: 33
Major recent changes in the community: The secondary level at Natan Gesang School has been closed. Students have been transferred to Scholem Aleijem School.
This project is training Zionist Jewish Studies teachers for Jewish schools in Argentina and elsewhere in southern South America. The project offers three modes of study: (1) regular university attendance for students living in Greater Buenos Aires; (2) intensive seminars conducted by experts from Israel, attended by students living in Greater Buenos Aires; (3) distance learning, particularly for those living at a distance from Greater Buenos Aires.
The project offers three degree options (to be awarded by the Universidad Nacional de San Martin):
The Melton Center of the Hebrew University is supervising the planning and implementation of the Jewish Studies syllabus, and is implementing the distance learning courses. 4 hours per week are devoted to distance learning. The Melton Center also organizes intensive seminars by specialized lecturers, which help students to further integrate the distance learning courses.
Most of the students participating in the project are already working in schools, because of the urgent need for teachers, after several years without a teacher training college. Some of the schools train new teachers in their institutional ideology, which proves useful and enriching. Other schools, however, do not invest in supervision. We are working with these schools in order to overcome this difficulty.