I was invited by Masha Merkulova , a powerhouse of Jewish education and a fantastic person in general, to give a talk to the awesome Rimon Club she founded several years ago. The concept? Provide a social group where kids can learn about their Jewish heritage and their ties to Israel. In a few years Masha has amassed a loud cheerful gaggle of teens to learn about their history. The kids seem to love it and they seem to enjoy a sense of identity and purpose, beyond the usual rubbish they and I liked during our teens.
Masha forwarded me this note about one the kids enjoying our talk from one of the parents:
I have never seen … so excited after club Z as he was yesterday. In fact I have not seen him excited about anything for awhile.Ben has to give a speech in his English class next week (part of the curriculum). He chose Middle East conflict from Israel perspective as his topic. What he wrote over weekend was quite mediocre. He came home last night and worked until pass 1am to rewrite it. I liked the final product 🙂His English teacher is a Berkeley graduate… We’ll see what grade he gets 😉