by Michal Weiss , National Director of Keshet and Shishi Israeli
The mission of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) is to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generation, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the peoples of the United States and the State of Israel.
IAC Keshet is a comprehensive approach to building an engaged community through a connection to Israel, Hebrew language, Israeli culture and Jewish values. IAC Keshet is a national Israeli enrichment program that builds a warm, welcoming community of Israeli and Jewish Americans that share pride in their Jewish heritage and love for Israel. IAC Keshet community members build long lasting friendships through cultural activities and educational programming including music, dance, books, play and arts and crafts. IAC Keshet is privileged to have the support of a national steering committee of professional lay leaders in the areas of early childhood education and the Hebrew language, who work collaboratively with the professional staff and provide strategic guidance in the program’s educational components.
Keshet encounters have engaged more than 21,000 young families across the nation. The program is facilitated by local educators with the support of local community leaders who are active members of the community and operate the program in their regions.
Keshet Ba’Bayit brings Hebrew language learning and Israeli culture together by giving hand-picked children’s books written by Israel’s most talented and well-known authors to children ages 2-8. IAC Keshet books are focused on strengthening the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generation. Join thousands of families who get Hebrew books mailed to their homes throughout the year by following this link: https://www.israeliamerican.org/kb. Keshet Ba’bayit also offers free activity kits for young families: The kits are sent to more than 3000 families and are also available to download online: https://www.israeliamerican.org/keshet/babayit-kit.
Online Keshet community provides a venue for Keshet professional staff and community leaders to engage in a dynamic dialogue about Keshet programs and the use of the Hebrew language in the Keshet encounters.
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