Professional Development Workshop for all Educators

All educators in Jewish schools are invited to an informative discussion on freshening up your classroom for Tu B’Shvat (Jewish New Year of Trees). Learn about new, relevant and innovative methods and activities to offer your students, including how to lead a lively Tu B’Shvat seder. Hear insight from educational leaders and experts, and take part in a unique celebration of the holiday.

Educators who participate will earn 4.5 in-service hours.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
5:30 – 9 p.m.

Temple Israel
1901 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Free Event

Includes a kosher Tu B’Shvat seder and dinner. 

RSVP by Monday, January 6, 2020 

For more information, please contact Jessica Fried at jessica.fried@jewishpalmbeach.org or 561.209.2607.


Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.
Welcome café and registration

5:45 p.m.
Welcome opening — Federation & JNF

6:00 p.m.
From Vision to Reality: The JNF Story and Tu B’Shvat — Zohar Vloski

6:15 p.m.
What Makes Israel Critically Relevant to American Jewish Identity? – Professor Kenneth Stein

7:00 p.m.
Dinner break and a group picture

7:20 p.m.
Tu B’Shvat in Action: Tool Box Workshop and Activities — Racheli Lasri

7:50 p.m.
Tu B’Shvat Online Workshop Materials and Activities — Zohar Vloski

8:10 p.m.
AMHSI opportunities – Rabbi Leor Sinai, AMHSI Co-CEO and Andrea Schleider, AMHSI Director of Admissions

8:20 p.m.
Musical Seder — Ran Oz

8:50 p.m.
Closing thoughts — Federation and JNF

9:00 p.m.
Program ends

About the Speakers

Professor Kenneth Stein

For more than four decades, Professor Kenneth Stein has taught contemporary Middle Eastern history, political science, and Israeli studies at Emory University. He founded the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, the first academic center of its kind in the U.S. Author of multiple books on the history and politics in Israel, his book Heroic Diplomacy, about the negotiating process in the 1970s, remains a standard for the study of the Sadat – Begin relationship.

Zohar Vloski 

Zohar Vloski is an education-focused Israel Emissary for KKL-JNF in Florida with expertise in the areas of Jewish and Zionist identity, Holocaust memorialization, Jewish leadership and culture, and the values and legacy of the IDF. He holds a master’s degree in law (LL.M) from Bar Ilan University, as well as bachelor’s degrees in law and Israeli studies, and is a graduate of The Command and Staff College of the IDF. Zohar retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the IDF, where he as a commander of education units, a key driver of the military’s educational systems, and a leader in connecting the Birthright Israel program to Israeli soldiers. He is also a certified tour guide for Israel’s Ministry of Tourism in Israel and for Yad Vashem to Poland.



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