Cafe Hafooch is an online educational program that creates authentic connections between Israeli high school students and Jewish Canadian adults, helps advance students’ verbal English skills, and shapes their unique Israeli and Jewish identities.
How does it work?
Every week Israeli and Canadian participants will have access to the weekly themed materials, to be watched on their own throughout the week prior to the Speaking Exchange. These materials include films and documentaries as well as short lectures about the topic. Every Sunday you would meet with your Israeli student via Zoom (video chat platform) to discuss the weekly topic using our guiding questions.
How much time do I need to put in?
We designed the curriculum so that the weekly time for watching the materials will not exceed 1 hour. In addition to this time, every week will be concluded with 45 minutes Zoom session with your Israeli student. Bottom line – you will dedicate between 1-1.5 hour per week.
What are the dates of the video-chat sessions?
All 45-minutes-video-chat are the only time-inflexible commitment Sunday, November 3rd, 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, November 10th, 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, November 17th, 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, November 24th, 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, December 1st, 9.00 a.m.
Sunday, December 8th, 9.00 a.m.
What do I need to have?
• A computer with an Internet connection
• A webcam
• A headset
• Comfort leading conversations.
• Willingness to engage and advance Israeli society
What topics will we be discussing?
All sessions are based on videos and guiding question.
1. “How do I tell my story” (an introduction)
2. “From A Survivor to A Savior” (the story of Canadian Jewry and the issue of refugees)
3. “Symbols vs. Reality” (the way the memory of the Holocaust affects our identity)
4. “On Being A Minority” (from the lens of Arab Israelis)
5. “Mosaic vs. A Melting Pot” (two approaches to immigration in Canada and Israel)
6. “One People?” (discussing implications of peoplehood and antisemitism today)
I am not tech savvy, is it for me?
Yes! This program was designed to engage participants with basic internet skills. Every step is explained in an easy “How To” manual. In addition, there will be a designated technical support person throughout the program to help with any technical issue.
I don’t like to talk about politics, should I still sign up?
Yes! Although the content touches upon socio-political aspects of Canadian and Israeli societies, the focus is on peoplehood, connections and personal stories.
Why is this program important for Israel?
The Israeli Ministry of education identified English Verbal skills as the most important skill for a successful future. We decided to target schools in Israel’s periphery to help shrink the socio-economic gap between the metropolitan and peripheral education, that consequently creates inequalities in the Israeli society. We think you can help us shrink this gap!
Why is it important for us?
We think that the future of the Jewish people depends on authentic relationships among Jews around the globe, and especially on the next generation of Israeli society.
Canadian participants, such as yourselves, can help shape and strengthen the young generation of Israel’s geographical periphery (Eilat and Sderot) through advancing English skills, strengthening Jewish identity, and creating an unmediated relationship between Jewish people across the ocean.
For more information, please contact Lorne Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.