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F?rst graders at the Inbalim school in Modi'in Maccabim Reut on the first day of the new academic year, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israeli kids go back to school despite surge in infections

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After a year and a half of distance learning and “capsules” in classrooms—and despite a record 11,077 new COVID-19 diagnoses on Monday—Israel’s school year began for millions of students on Sept. 1. Each pupil was...
Sahar Ismail, Arab society adviser to Israel's education minister, was shot dead in his car in the Arab Israeli town of Rameh on Aug. 15, 2021. Source: Telegram.

Israeli education minister’s Arab affairs adviser shot dead in car

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Israeli Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton’s Arab affairs adviser was gunned down in his car on Sunday outside his home in the Galilee village of Rameh. Sahar Ismail, 50, a member of the Druze community, also...
Schoolchildren in Jerusalem. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.

Israel to introduce STEM studies in kindergarten

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Israel will introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects to Israeli children in kindergarten through middle school, to encourage scientific thinking and prepare them for their adult lives and potential high-tech jobs, announced...
A Masa Israel Teaching Fellow examines artwork from Israeli students. Credit: Masa Israel Journey.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows celebrate 10 years of program

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Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) is celebrating its 10-year milestone with an online ceremony for fellows, alumni, families and organizers on May 23, featuring live video from the Israeli cities where the program currently...
Israeli students return to school in Tel Aviv on April 18, 2021. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israeli schools resume full activity

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Israel’s education system resumed full activity on Sunday, following a government decision based on low coronavirus transmission rates. Grades one through 12 returned to in-school learning at full capacity, with no restriction on movement between...
Minister of Education Yoav Galant holds a press conference at the education ministry in Tel Aviv on August 6, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel bars anti-Zionist groups from lecturing in schools amid B’Tselem claims of ‘apartheid’

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Earlier this month, Israel’s education minister moved to ban B’Tselem from lecturing in Israeli schools after the self-described human-rights group accused the government of being an “apartheid regime.” “The Ministry of Education under my leadership...
Israeli Education Minister Yoav Gallant visits kids on the first day of the school year in Mevo Horon on Sept. 1, 2020. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Israeli education minister bans groups maligning country, IDF from schools

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Israeli Education Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday issued an order to ban groups that slander the Israeli Defense Forces and call Israel an “apartheid state” from giving talks in schools. The move came in response...
First-grade students attend their first day of school at Paula Ben-Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem on Sept. 1, 2019. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry calls for teachers to take COVID-19 tests before schools reopen

As Israel prepares to send first- to fourth-grade children back to the classroom, the country’s Health Ministry is calling for some 60,000 public-school teachers nationwide to be tested for COVID-19. The testing will be carried...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (second from right) with Israeli Advanced Technology Industries, KamaTech and other leaders in the high-tech industry, which has seen increasing numbers of haredim in the field, especially women, July 28, 2020. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Rivlin, tech leaders meet with Israeli haredim as numbers in industry rise

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin met with haredim involved in the Israeli high-tech industry on Tuesday in the backdrop of a report noting a 52 percent jump in the number of Torah-observant workers in the field since...
Children and teachers return to the Gan Nayot kindergarten in Jerusalem on May 10, 2020, for the first time in two months, after being hut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Yonatan SIndel/Flash90.

Israeli Treasury, teachers’ unions at odds over extended school year

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Israel’s Finance Ministry may dock the salaries of teachers who refuse to teach for an extra nine days this school year, following an Education Ministry decision to extend the school year due to weeks...