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Teaching Amidst Enduring Conflict: Literature & Poetry as Gateways

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Beth Shalom is co-sponsoring the Powered by Courage series, hosted by Encounter, which features Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with Jewish community leaders. Register here for Zoom link. We are also organizing with Kavana Cooperative and our member Julie Kohl (who participated in an Encounters trip) some small Seattle follow up discussions to this series.  Please let Rabbi Borodin know if you would like to be part of those conversations.

Lama Abuarqoub, English Teacher, Dar Essalaam Girls High School

Lama has been an English teacher in Palestinian high schools for 27 years and currently teaches at the Dar Essalaam Girls’ High School in Dura in the southern part of Hebron. From 2002-2004 she also worked as an interpreter with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), based in Hebron. Lama has a Master’s Degree in the English Language and Literature and lives in Dura with her husband and five children.


Tikvah Weiner, Head of School, The Idea School & Institute

Tikvah Wiener is Head of School of The Idea School, a co-ed, Jewish high school at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ that was started in 2018. She is also co-Founder and Director of The Idea Institute, formerly the I.D.E.A. Schools Network. The Idea School Institute helps Jewish schools implement project-based learning and educational innovation, and since it was formed in 2014, has trained over 1,450 teachers. Tikvah was a Joshua Venture Group Fellow, 2014-2016, and completed training at the Educational Leadership Academy at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, CA. In 2016-17, she was one of ten Jewish education designers for JEIC’s HaKaveret Design Team, a group that innovated new models of learning for Jewish education, and she has presented an ELI Talk about passion-based learning:
Tikvah has been in Jewish education for 25 years, having been Chief Academic Officer at Magen David Yeshivah High School; an English and art history teacher and Chairman of the English Department at The Frisch School; and an English teacher at the Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls. She earned an M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing from Queens College and a B.A. in English Literature from Stern College for Women.


December 9
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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