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  • 1. Fall 2008 Eimatai Advisor PacketYeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 2. Schedule
  • 3. Sunday, November 9, 20088:00 Tefilat Shacharit in Koch Auditorium at 245 Lexington Ave8:40 Light Breakfast9:00 Welcome/Rules by Aaron Steinberg9:15 Address by Rabbi Kenneth Brander9:45 Icebreakers with Eimatai Advisors10:20 Lunch11:00 Board Buses to Block & Hexter3:45 Arrive at Block & Hexter. Go straight to Tefilat Mincha. (bags to holding area on porch of dining hall.)4:15 Session 1 Buzz Group (Personal Values)[4:15 Faculty Session #1]5:30 Move into rooms (Advisors give keys to students within their Buzz Groups)6:15 Dinner, Dining Hall7:00 Introduction to Student Initiatives, Beit Knesset7:30 “How to Create a School Initiative”8:00 School Group Brainstorming9:00 Tefilat Arvit, Beit Knesset9:20 Optional Chuggim10:30 Layla Tov Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 4. Monday, November 10, 20087:30 Boker Tov!8:15 Tefilat Shacharit, Beit Knesset9:00 Breakfast, Dining Hall9:45 Session II Buzz Group (Communal Values)[9:45 Faculty Session #2]10:45 Break11:00 Jewish Economics, Fitness Center11:45 Break12:00 School Initiative Planning: Decision Time!12:15 School pictures by group12:45 Lunch, Dining Hall1:30 Tefilat Mincha, Beit Knesset1:45 Leadership and Team Challenge[1:45 Faculty Session #3]3:15 Break4:30 Eimatai 2.0 – Discussion on using technology for your projects, Rec Hall5:00 School Initiative Planning: Making the Action Plans6:00 Dinner, Dining Hall7:00 School Initiative Planning: Preparing for the Fair Presentation7:30 Skills and Experiences Round Robin, Rec Hall8:45 Tefilat Arvit, Beit Knesset9:05 Bonfire Kumzits11:30 Layla Tov Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 5. Tuesday, November 11, 20087:45 Boker Tov8:30 Tefilat Shacharit, Beit Knesset9:15 Breakfast (Bring Bags and return keys to faculty advisors)10:00 Session III Buzz Groups (Topics in Patriotism)11:15 Last Minute Preparations12:00 Lunch, Dining Hall12:40 School Initiative fair, Fitness Center1:15 Conference wrap up, Fitness Center1:35 Tefilat Mincha and Evaluations, Beit Knesset2:00 Leave Block & Hexter6:00 Arrive at Yeshiva University (Wilf Campus)Have a safe drive home, and make sure you stay in touch with your advisors!!! Co nta ct U s! Ei m a t a i L e ad e r sh ip De v el o pm e nt Pr oj e ct 5 0 0 W. 1 85t h S t. CJF S tor ef ro nt N e w Yo rk, NY 1 0 033 ( 21 2) 9 6 0- 526 1 ei ma t ai @ y u. ed u Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 6. Buzz Group #1
  • 7. Fall Conference 2008 Buzz Group #1 Individual By: Simeon Botwinick, Ruthie Braffman, and Gila CohenGoal:Total Time: 55 MinutesMaterials: • 1 Set of Activity Posters • 2 Packs of different color Post-it Notes • 1 Deck of Motivation Cards • Poster board with Venn Diagram • Markers • 1 Deck of Western/Jewish Values Cards • Blank Index Cards • PensProcess:Trigger (8 minutes):Place posters on the ground around the group depicting approximately ten different waysa student may spend their time. Examples are: watching tv, learning torah, doinghomework, playing an instrument, talking on AIM, talking on the phone, spending timewith family, hanging out with friends, playing sports, doing chesed, shopping, andanything else you can think of.Once you have the posters lying around, pass out 2 post-it notes of the same color to eachstudent. Tell the students to write a 1 on one of them, and a 2 on the other. Then tell themto place the post-its on the posters based on how they think they spend most of their timeranking 1 and then 2.Once they have completed the first part, reconvene the group and give out 2 of the othercolor post-its to the students. Mark them again 1 and 2, and tell them to place them on theposters which represent the most important things they think they could be doing.Once this is completed, move the group back into a circle and begin the discussion. 1
  • 8. Fall Conference 2008Discussion (10 minutes):There are a dozen different ways to go about this discussion. I am going to lay out abunch of options, and please feel free to brainstorm other ways this may work.Before I begin, keep in mind that the visuals which can be used in this discussion are theposters that should be very clearly marked with the two colors of post-its. You can triggerthe discussion at any time by asking questions about patterns in the color distribution.Every cluster of questions has a common theme and is a little different than the rest. Ifyou find one is going well, stick with it. If you’re not getting good responses, move toanother cluster. Post-it Note Distribution • Do you notice anything strange or interesting about the way the post-its are distributed on the posters? • Are there any posters that have all of one color or all of another color? • Do any posters have an even distribution of the different post-its? • What do you think it means that they have such an interesting distribution? Clustering • What does it mean if there are some posters with all of one and some posters with all of another? • Did anyone in the group put both colored post-its on the same poster? • What does it say about that person? • Should we all be striving to have our post-its on the same posters? Determining Values from Actions • Can we determine what our values are by how we choose to spend our time? • Do we always have to spend our time doing things that we think are the most important? • Is the way we usually decide to do or not do something have to do with how important we think that activity may be? Extra Colors • What if we were to place a third color of post-its which reflected what we think our parents would want us to do, how do you think it would compare to the colors we already used? • What if we had another color post-it for what our teachers would want us to do? • What about one for what our friends think we should do? 2
  • 9. Fall Conference 2008 Actions and Mitzvot • What are the kinds of things we considered “important to do”? • Are all of them things we would define as mitzvot? • How do we define something as being important to do? • Is there an objective definition for what is important?Motivation Game (12 minutes):The goal of this game is just to start the students thinking about the idea that their actionsoriginate with motivations. Whether it is a conscious decision or not, they have variousreasons for choosing certain actions and making certain choices over others. This gameallows the students to think about the motivations behind their values and actions. Thisgame can be applied to any decision- from major life decisions to what they do in theirfree time.Each advisor will be given a deck of cards, on each card there will be a differentmotivation—what drives a person to make a specific choice over another, or upholdcertain values over others.Examples of cards are: interested in reward/ approval from G-d, interested in reward/approval from parents/ teachers, avoiding punishment from G-d, avoiding punishmentfrom parents, I do it because my friends do, I just feel like I should…. Etc.Spread the cards out on the floor, and give the students a minute or two to read them andthink about them. Once they have a chance to read the cards, have each student pick acard they feel speaks to them. • Which card represents a motivation that you take into account when making decisions? • Which really don’t come into consideration for your decision-making? • Stress to the students that it’s ok if they don’t all have the same motivations. Different things motivate different people! Good vs. Bad Motivations • Are there some motivations everyone agrees are very important? • Are there very un-important motivations? • Are there some motivations that are considered good, others considered bad? • Is it okay to do something good because of a “bad” motivation (such as—doing something nice for someone else only so that they return the favor when you need 3
  • 10. Fall Conference 2008 something from them). Internal vs. External Motivations • Where do these motivations come from? • Are our motivations internally determined or learned from external sources? • Do others overly influence us through reward or punishment? • Should we let them control us? • Can we completely ignore other people who try to influence us? Motivation and Values • Do our motivations for doing things directly reflect what our values are? • Do all of our values (things that we consider important) come from the right motivations? • Do other people control our actions and values? • Is it okay if they don’t? • What are some “right” reasons when it comes to values? - Encourage the students to refer to their cards if they can’t think of answers. • When it comes to our day-to-day lives, do we attribute higher importance to values within Judaism or values of the larger society? • Can you give an example of each?Western values vs. Jewish values Game (12 minutes):Show the group a giant Venn diagram on a poster board. Label one circle as "WesternValues", and Label the other circle as "Jewish Values". In the overlapping space betweenthe circles label it "Shared Values".Show the students cards that have different values written on them. For each card, discusswith the students and have them decide where they think each value belongs: in the"Western Values" circle, in the "Jewish Values" circle, or in the "shared values" space(where the circles overlap).A lot of the discussion can and should ensue as you present each value. Some of thevalues listed below have suggested discussions that might enhance the conversation andparticipation. 4
  • 11. Fall Conference 2008Examples of Values:Charity Appreciation HappinessFreedom of speech Camaraderie HonestyHonoring parents Control/Power Education/KnowledgeAchievement Conviction Leadership Different Types of Values • Are there differences between Western values and Jewish values? • What are some differences between them? • What are some similarities? What are Jewish Values? • What constitutes a Jewish value? • Does halacha dictate what Jewish values are? • Does it come from Jewish history or Jewish Culture? Basis of Values • Choose a value that the Eimatai-ers decided is in the "Shared Values" sections: • When they exercise that value in their life, do they do it because it is a Jewish Value or as an Western Value? Dual Identities • Do you act one way with a teacher in school and another way with your friends? • Do you think that is hypocritical? • Is that necessarily a bad thing if it is hypocritical? • Maybe it is ok to have a Hybrid identity (not having one consistent identity). If so, Why? • What does the phrase "Lakol Zman Vet" mean? • How might this phrase excuse or explain certain behaviors we may be less proud of? Promoting Western Values • Can you think of examples when Western society/culture is a source of positive and productive values? • Are there any examples of how we have incorporated positive Western values into our Jewish culture? 5
  • 12. Fall Conference 2008 • Does it pervert or corrupt our Judaism by incorporating Western values into our religious lives? American vs. Israeli Society • How does secular America compare to secular Israel? • Is there any difference between the values of these two countries? • How do they compare to other countries? Promoting Jewish Values • Can you think of examples when Jewish culture contributed in a positive way to Western society? • Is this something that has always happened, or is it unique to the 20th century? • Does it pervert or corrupt American values by bringing in ideas from religions?Wrap up discussion (8 minutes): • What is the difference between an "American Jew" and a "Jewish American" or a Canadian Jew and a Jewish Canadian? • Can we even combine these two terms in any meaningful way, or are they just placed next to each other? • Is one of the terms more important than the other? • Do they have to be balanced? • What does it mean to live as a Jew in a different country? • How do you find a balance? • Do you mix the two? Do you not mix them at all?Wrap up Game: What’s My Identity? (5 minutes)As a final activity, give each student an index card, and have him or her write on it whatit means for him or her to be a Jew and an American or Canadian...? Remind the studentsthat they will discuss this throughout the conference, so they don’t have to have a solidopinion now.This will be a working definition for their American and Jewish Identity.They can address how they balance the two roles, which they consider more important, ifthey think one is more important than the other? Encourage the students to carry this cardaround with them throughout the conference and refer back to it. You can ask if anyonewants to share what he or she wrote. 6
  • 13. Buzz Group #2
  • 14. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2 Buzz Group #2 Jewish Community By: Shoshana Balk, Aliza Rabinovich, Sion Setton, Uri Westrich and Rena Wiesen,Goal:Total Time: 55 MinutesMaterials: • Aaron’s Getting to Know Me Sheet • Blank Getting to Know Me Sheets • Community Institution Sheets • UJA Mission Statement Sheets • One Vote Tally Oak Tag • Markers • UJA Conflict Cards • Pens • Blank 5x8 index cards • One sheet with all 10 scenariosProcess:My Many Communities (13 minutes)The idea of this session is to help the students think about how they define themselves asbeing unique from other people, and what communities they associate themselves with.Explain to the group that you are going to do a little icebreaker. Tell them that they willhave up to 25 seconds to describe themselves however they want to the rest of the group.The only requirement is that they give their first name, and some other information.Hopefully the students will have described themselves in different ways. At the very least,each advisor should give some information that goes to a deeper level of who they are,and the various associations they have.Give the example sheet of Aaron’s Getting to Know Me Sheet, and then hand out theblank sheets for the students to think of many different ways they could use to definethemselves. Our Many Associations • How do we define who we are? • What are the different groups we associate with? 1
  • 15. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2 • What does it mean to be a part of these groups? • How do those associations define who we are? • Are some of those associations more important than others? First Round of Introductions • What sorts of things did people mention in the first round? • Are those the most important associations we have? • Why are those the ones everyone mentioned? Influence of Groups • Are we influenced by all of these different groups we are a part of? • Do we act differently when we are in different groups? • How can we be a part of so many communities without changing our identities to fit in each one? Geography and Religion** (IMPORTANT) • What, if anything, is special about a geographic community? • What, if anything, is special about a religious community? • Is it true that your community has an effect on how you view yourself and how the world views you? • Are some communities better to be a part of? • What attributes make those communities better?Community Building Game (12 minutes):We each articulated what makes our Jewish Community unique, and now we are going tosee what we all have in common and identify our values as a Jewish community.Break the group in two, and tell them that they are each going to have to create their ownJewish community from scratch with limited resources. • Jewish K-8 School • Jewish High School • Synagogue • Kollel • Jewish Community Center • Mikva • Pizza Shop • Bikkur Holim Center (soup kitchen, visiting elderly, etc) • Judaica/Seforim Store • Kiruv Center • Jewish Nursery SchoolGive each group 5 minutes to decide the 3 things they would build if they had the option. 2
  • 16. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2Have each group present to the other which three items they chose, and on what basisthey made those decisions. • Did the groups come up with similar for the same resources? • Were the groups’ rationales for choosing similar, but the final decision different? • What would have happened if the two groups had to make one decision – would it have been easy? • Was it difficult trying to come to a consensus? • Were there conflicting values that different members of the group held? • How were the groups able to make a decision in the end? • Was every member of the group happy with the final choice of three? • How realistic is this game? • Do you think that real communities go through these challenges when they are growing? • Do all members of real communities have truly shared values? • How do you think your community grew the way it did with a relatively diverse Jewish population?Now that we have identified what the core values of a community are, the next activitywill question and test these values when they are faced by US society. Now that weveestablished what is important to us as Jews in our community, how do we reconcile thosevalues with the American communitys values?Model UJA Game (20 minutes):“Congratulations! You have been elected to be on the board of your state’s UJAfederation– part of the United Jewish Communities – an organization that gets thousandsof dollars from different donors to be used for many different projects, locally andglobally.”Hand out copies of the UJA mission statement:Welcome to your local Jewish community… in action.Whether people seek to enrich their Jewish lives or simply need help, our community isready. We help older adults with senior adult day care, Kosher Meals-on-Wheels orexpert long-term care. We support Jewish education at day schools, regional highschools and congregational schools, and we are training a new generation of educators.We offer counseling services, respite care and special needs education. We assist thoselooking for work or exploring new careers. We deepen connections with Jewish lifethrough educational, cultural and recreational activities. We offer resources insynagogue Federation relations, social action, community relations and advocacy. 3
  • 17. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2We take action, as a community, to help Israel during these challenging times. Throughgifts made to our Annual Campaign we support social, educational and health careprograms throughout Israel, provide meals, after school programs, medical care andother vital services. We help resettle emigrés from around the world who seek a new lifeof freedom and opportunity. And, wherever else Jews are in need — from Belarus toBuenos Aires, in a total of 60 countries — we help with social services, training,medicine, and other assistance.“Several cases have already sprung up that need immediate attention. As part of anAmerican state (and receiving some funding from the U.S. government), you feel thedesire to give money to American causes. Still, you are a Jewish federation, and of courseyou want to help out your own brothers first. Caught in this American-Jewish tension,your council needs to decide: in each instance, how will you distribute the money you aregiven?”For each case, each council (2-3 groups of 4-5 students each) will confer and decide. Thevotes will be marked or noted on a poster board. After each of the ten cases (or howevermany you choose to do), discussion should take place explaining why each group votedthe way they did.1. Conflicting RalliesA local human rights group is organizing a march on the state capitol to demand that thestate divest from companies that cooperate or benefit the Sudanese government. Youhave already been informed that three local churches will be attending, along with otherreligious groups. You have been approached to encourage the Jewish community toattend this rally.Scheduled for the same day is a visit from the secretary of state to a local University.Members of the Jewish community are interested in using this opportunity to demand thatthe US put pressure on Hamas to free Gilad Shalit. The UJA has been asked to sponsorand attend this rally.What do you do?2. Blood DriveYou have been approached by Magen David Adom, and were informed that they nowhave the resources, WHO permission, and customs permission to transport donated bloodfrom the United States to Israel. They would like to partner with you for semi-monthlyblood drives in your JCC. 4
  • 18. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2For the last 8 years, the Red Cross has been running a regularly scheduled blood drive inyour community, and many members of the Jewish community donate at this drive.Do you partner with MDA, or direct your community members to the Red Cross?3. Supporting the ArtsThe UJA has budgeted 5% of its annual expenditures to supporting the Arts. Should themoney be used only to support Jewish artists, or are all artists eligible for funding?Should preferential treatment be given to artists who explore Jewish themes regardless oftheir personal religion?Should money be spent opening a gallery in the JCC to host local Jewish artists, orshould it be sent to the city’s Art Museum to keep its exhibits up to date?4. Local Jewish soup kitchen vs. Downtown Homeless ShelterDue to the recent economic downturn, a number of members in the Jewish communityhave had difficulty providing basic necessities to their families. Considering the scale ofthis problem, there are also rising poverty and homeless rates among the generalpopulation as well.You could open up a kosher soup kitchen/pantry in a location near the JCC, andhopefully people would feel comfortable coming to get food for their families.You also know that the downtown homeless shelters are in desperate need of expansion.The increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets over the last 6 months hasbeen starkly noticeable.You can only afford to fully fund one of these programs. What do you do?5. Pardons for CriminalsU.S. President Bill Clinton is about to leave office, and has the power to pardon anyonehe wishes before he goes. A group of Jews were jailed two years ago due to involvementin some illegal business dealings. There is a member of the UJA Board who is close toPresident Clinton, and some members of the board want him to plead with the Presidentto grant these men clemency.The Board member was troubled: on one hand, these men broke the law and deserve aprison sentence. On the other hand, how can he refuse to help his fellow Jews?He has asked the board to help him make the decision. What should he do?6. High School Green Ranking 5
  • 19. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2The local newspaper is ranking all of the local high schools, private and public, accordingto how environmentally friendly they are. Your neighborhood just began building thefirst Jewish high school and are faced with a dilemma:The school will look bad and rank poorly if they don’t install $10,000 in solar panels onthe roof that could generate 1/3 of the school’s overall energy- an amazing environmentaland economic coup. However, the school badly needs a Sefer Torah for prayers in themorning (the Torah itself along with increased insurance and security costs come to$10,000).The solar panels will end up saving $10,000 in electricity bills, but not for another 5years. Should the money go towards the solar panels, pushing off the Torah purchase, sothat the Jewish school is looked upon favorably, or should they buy a Sefer Torah now sothat they have proper Torah reading every week?7. Missing ChildA local girl goes missing after a school trip to Montana’s Helena State Park. The girl’schurch is holding a candlelight vigil in the center of the town at 7pm to unite and hope forher safe return. The weekly Tehillim (Psalms) group that meets at the same time is alsospecifically praying for the girl this week. Which event should the UJA endorse?8. HatzalahHatzalah is a Jewish volunteer ambulance corps. Due to limited bureaucratic limitations,their response time is often faster than the city’s 9-1-1 ambulances. Hatzalah is solelysupported by donations from within the Jewish community.While Hatzalah will respond to any call it receives, and will never ask whether the personin need of help is Jewish, the Hatzalah phone number is not posted in community-widepublications. It is distributed through phone number magnets at synagogues and the JCC.Should Hatzalah be publicizing its emergency number to the entire community, or limitits scope to the Jewish community?9. A New Community30 Jewish families are moving into a new part of town to start a Jewish community there.A new complex is being built, and that they have the opportunity to cluster themselves onone or two blocks, or to spread themselves out throughout the development.Should they move in on the same few blocks, or spread out?10. Little LeagueThe town is organizing a little baseball league for kids in the area. Observant Jews make 6
  • 20. Fall Conference 2008 Session #2up 15% of the town’s population. Should you request a separate team that consists onlyof Jewish kids, and for the team’s schedule to be such that they won’t play on Shabbat orholidays? Or is it better to promote good neighborly relations, and have the kids beintegrated into the other teams, and have to miss a few games if necessary?Discussion Questions: • Which scenario did you feel the most conflicted about, and what led you to your final decision? • What were some of the conflicting values you dealt with in making your decisions? • Do you feel that the conclusions you came to were ideal solutions? • Were your decisions purely based on your values, or did you also factor in how others would react? • Did the desire to prevent a chillul Hashem or create a Kidush Hashem affect your choices? • What do you feel are some of the responsibilities of a Jewish community, and how do these relate to the decisions you made? • How much cooperation and communication should there be between different groups of Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform…) within a single community when it comes to these situations? • Would dilemmas like these ever exist for a community in Israel? • Would you consider these unique dilemmas a Jewish community outside of Israel faces to be positive, negative, or neutral? • Are the responsibilities of a Jewish community different from the responsibilities of a Christian, Muslim, or other religious community?3-2-1 Wrap-Up Exercise (10 min):Hand out pens and 5x8 index cards to each student.Instruct students to write down the following on their index card: • 3 things we discussed as a group that they found interesting. • 2 things they learned from the session. • 1 question or issue they still have regarding the session topic.Give them a few minutes to collect their thoughts and write down their responses. Havestudents share their thoughts with the group if they feel comfortable. 7
  • 21. Buzz Group #3
  • 22. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3 Buzz Group #3 Topics in Patriotism By: Dov Goldstein, Miriam Herskovits, Abby Schoenfeld and Mollie SharfmanGoal:Total Time: 67 MinutesMaterials: • Sheet with outline of speech talking points • Eagle and Menorah Cards • Copies of the Prayer for the Welfare of the USA • Letter writing paper • Envelopes • Pens • BallotsProcess:Mock Election Program (Takes Place before the Program):The session is going to begin with a debate between two fake candidates for a seat in theHouse of Representatives in a very Jewish area. The debate will take place before thesession begins.After the students hear from the two candidates, they will then break up into their buzzgroups to begin talking about what it means to be patriotic. At the end of the session, theywill have to vote for the candidate they would choose.Patri-O-MeterThe “Patri-O-Meter” is a tool you will use with your buzz groups to determine where ourfeelings lie with regards to a number of issues. The students themselves make up thePatri-O-Meter. Each student is given two cards: one with an eagle, and one with amenorah.You can ask the students if they think an issue reflects Western or Jewish values. Theycan hold up the eagle, the menorah, or both cards. 1
  • 23. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3Understanding Patriotism (10 Minutes): • How would you define patriotism? • Should one be patriotic for America/Canada? • Why? • How have we benefited from our home country? • What are the basic American/Canadian values? • Do we care about these values as citizens of this country and as Jews? • Do we have a strong relationship with Israel? • Is it possible or right to be patriotic to two countries? • Is it OK to live in America or Canada without caring much about the country? • Does that attitude of living here because it’s comfortable strip away all patriotic sentiment towards the country? • Do you feel more of a connection to fellow citizens (Americans/Canadians), whether they Jewish or not? • Or do you feel more of a connection to any Jew around the world more than to Americans/Canadians?Discussion of the Candidates Points (10 Minutes):Before discussing these issues, you may want to hand out the sheets outlining thecandidates’ positions on the various issues. American/Canadian Holidays - Thanksgiving, Fourth of July • How do you feel about celebrating American holidays? • Do you celebrate American/Canadians holidays? • Do you feel a substantial reason for celebrating them? • What is that reason? • **Do you feel that American/Canadians History is part of your history and that it should be celebrated? Commemoration- September 11th, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day • Do you feel a compelling responsibility to remember the lives of people who gave their lives for this country? • Did you mourn the loss of those who died on September 11th because it was a horrible tragedy or because you felt it was an attack on America? • When America was so patriotic in the aftermath of Sept. 11th, did you a feel a part of that patriotism and unity? Flag/National Anthem • What are our motives for putting up the American flag? • Do you feel like you should sing the national anthem at sporting events? • Is it pure pride or is it out of an obligation? • Obligation vs. Pride? 2
  • 24. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3 • Both? Religious Events (Hand out the prayer for the welfare of America) • Do you think we should say a prayer for the state of America on Shabbat/holidays? • In analyzing the actual prayer, do you identify with it’s perspective on America? • What is it we are praying for on behalf of America? • Do you give priority to the prayer for Israel and captive soldiers over the prayer for America? • Is it appropriate to mention US or Israeli soldiers who have been killed during prayers?Israel/Jewish Social Events (we do in America) Israel Day Parade • Does it make sense to have an Israel Day Parade down 5th Avenue in Manhattan? • Do you feel a connection to the parade? • What is your motivation for going if you go at all (school, loving Israel, etc.)? • Do you feel like you are supporting Israel as Americans or do you have a feeling of representing Israel in America? • Why do you think we have a parade like this? • Is it any different than the Puerto Rican Day Parade or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? National Holidays • Yom Ha’Atzmaut • Yom Ha’zikaron • Yom Yerushalayim • Yom Ha’Shoah • Do you feel different about celebrating these different holidays? • What different emotions do these different holidays evoke? • How does celebrating these events of Israeli/Jewish history compare to celebrating the “American” holidays? Terrorist Attacks in Israel • How do the reactions that we have when we hear about terrorist attacks in Israel compare to how we reacted to September 11th? • If they are different, how so? • Why do you think that is? Current Events Knowledge • Do we focus on what’s going on in Israel more than we do with current event in America? 3
  • 25. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3The Great Voting Debate (11 Minutes):The students in the group should be broken up into two groups, each arguing one of thefollowing points: • Jews should vote based on what is best for Israel. • Jews should vote based on what is best for the country they live in.The students should not be allowed to choose the side of the debate they are on, and itmight even be better to make sure they are on the opposite side of what they believe in.The idea is to encourage them to think about a perspective that is not their own.Use the following questions to pose to the groups, and they have to answer based on thegroup they have been assigned to. 1. On what basis should American Jews vote in the upcoming Election? 2. Do American Jews owe something to the United States because of the rights they have been given, or should they have more devotion to the State of Israel? 3. Is it unpatriotic for American Jews to vote for another country? Why?The point of the debate is to force the students think about the issue from anotherperson’s perspective. In the middle of the debate, you have the option to switch the sidesand have them argue the opposite way.After the debate, you can continue with some of the following questions. How should Jews vote? • What are the values that we think about when voting for any political candidate? • Are the values that guide my voting decision guided by solely Jewish values? • Do we make a distinction between Jewish/Israeli issues and American policy- issues or do we say they are mutually exclusive? • Does it depend on the policy? Voting Based on Israel • Is it OK for Jews to vote based on what is best for Israel? • Should Israeli policy be a major factor for Jews when voting? • Does that someone unpatriotic if they are voting based on another country’s interests? • Would your opinion change if support for Israel as the main factor of your voting decision translated into looking out for Israel’s best interest and going against the best interest of America? • What about if the candidate’s credentials were best for issues relating to Israel but his credentials were not best for the welfare of America? 4
  • 26. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3 Israel Current Events • What is our awareness about Israel issues vs. other issues that come up in a campaign? • How does this reflect on our priorities of what we care about? • Should we take America’s best interest into account? • Do you necessarily consider it a bad thing, or is it ok because this is what is important to us?Protesting/Lobbying/Grassroots Organizations (5 Minutes): • What sort of activities do we need to engage in to be considered patriotic citizens? • Is going to the random rally and parade enough, or is there more that you feel has to be done in order to consider yourself truly patriotic? • As a “Joe the Plumber American,” what is the extent to which we feel we should be participating in government and civics? • Do Jews get more involved for Israel issues than they do for general American issues? • Are Jews fighting for the rights of the homeless, better education and security for America the same way they protest against Iran or lobby for American involvement in the Mid-East peace process? • Is that only natural? Wrong? Ok?American Army vs. Israeli Army / War (10 Minutes): • Is there a responsibility for American Jews to join the American army? • Is there a responsibility for American Jews to join the Israeli army? • If our answers are different for each question, why is that? • What does that say about our priorities? • Is that wrong? • Do our Jewish values increase or lessen this sense of responsibility, or is simply an issue of pragmatism? • When it comes to the actual warfare that takes place in each country, do we prioritize or care more about wars that take place in Israel vs. the wars that America is engaged in? • Which one do we “care” more about? • Did we follow the war in Lebanon more or less than we did the war in Iraq? • What if Israel and America went to war against one another? • Would that change or affect our decision? • Where would our loyalties lie? • Would you stay in America?Tell the story of the soldier fighting for the American army against another country andhe comes face to face with a Jewish soldier from the other army. • What do you think about this situation? 5
  • 27. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3 • What would you do? • Does your reaction show how loyal you REALLY are to fighting for America? (How your Jewish identity is superior?)A Jewish President? (8 Minutes): This represents what would seem like the ultimate challenge of someone being Jewish and American and acting upon both identities. • Is it feasible that there could be a Jewish President who would have strong connection to Jewish values and Israel? • Would he/she be able to balance these two sets of values? • Is it morally ok as the President of the United States to care so much about another country’s best interest? • Shouldn’t he have America’s best interest as the ultimate focus? • As Jews, Would we be ok with the fact that if these policies would overlap, this Jewish president would push his Jewish values to the side? • Doesn’t he serve as our representative? • If we had to choose, would you rather have a secular Jew in government or a Religious Jew in government?Closing Activity - Letters to the President (8 Minutes):After having discussed so many issues about our American-Jewish identity, it’s time toreally put down to paper what we feel about our relationship to this country. By now weshould know who the next President of the United States of America will be.Each student should be given a piece of paper and an envelope, and told that they cannow write letters to the President-Elect.The students may wish to cover the following issues in their letter: • Their expectations from the President Elect for the next four years. • An explanation of their feelings towards America. • What they feel America’s mission should be. • Their perspective on the relationship between church and state. • Their perspective on the relationship between the US and Israel.After they write their letter, they can address them as follows:Senator John McCain Senator Barack Obamac/o John McCain 2008 c/o Obama for AmericaP.O. Box 16118 P.O. Box 8102Arlington, VA 22215 Chicago, IL 60680 6
  • 28. Fall Conference 2008 Session #3Mock Voting (5 Minutes):The last part of the program consists of a mock election. The students will have thechoice to vote for one of the two candidates. You may want to cover the followingquestions with them before they vote: • Do you agree 100% with either of the candidates? • What are you supposed to do when you agree with some of one candidate’s views, and some of the other’s? • What are the consequences of not voting? 7
  • 29. Beit Midrash Session
  • 30. Page 1 Jew-conomicsAn Exploration of the Jewish Perspective on Economic Systems. Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 31. Page 2The Great Soda Market Experiment Let’s do a recap of the Great Soda Market Experiment we just conducted: • Explain to the group what your role was in the Great Soda Market Experiment. • What did you think of the Soda Experiment? • Were there winners and losers in the Experiment? Who were they? • What dictated who won and lost in this game? • How fair was the game we just played? • How realistic was the soda experiment to how the actual economy works?Why Talk About Economics? • Is this even a relevant discussion for us to be having? • What relationship is there anyways between religion and economics? • What role does economics play in our lives? • Should it have more of a connection to religion that it does? • In what ways can we find connections between Judaism and the economy? • Can you think of any stories in the Bible, or any Jewish Laws, that relate to economics? • What does halacha tell us about our business dealings and other financial issues? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 32. Page 3Capitalism: Capitalism is the economic system in which the means of production are distributed to openly competing profit-seeking private persons. Investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are predominantly determined through the operation of a free market in which anyone can participate in, rather than by central economic planning.Socialism: Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society. Socialists mainly share the belief that capitalism unfairlyconcentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and creates an unequal society. • Which one of these sounds better? • Which one of these sounds like what we have in America? • Are these the only options out there? • Is either of these socio-economic models better based on Jewish values? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 33. Page 4The Requirement of Charity Source1 !" #$%"& # ()*+,-.& " .!/0,123 # (+"456 !781.& $95641 (:;<= 3,#/)> ?/81,-23 # @8-)5+,# $"456-38# @8-+)5A)BC ! .@8-"D?E# ?F&?." "GHI# @<39# B9JIK/L3 $/DM,1.& "GHNK81 !/0,123 # ()*+/,- !O8>C 1D1PK23 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God. Source M- #$%"&2 $/DM,1.& "GHNK81 !/0,123 # (+"456 !781.& (O)5A/)B (:;<= 3,#/)> ?/81,-23-# @8-)5+,# $"456-38# @8-+)5A)BC B- .@8-"D?E# ?F&?." "GHI# @<39# B9JIK/L3 And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God. Source3 Rambam Hilchot Matanot L’Aniim: The amount to be given is as follows: If he has su!cient resources, he should give according to the need of the poor. If his resources do not extend to this, he should give up to one-fifth o his possessions for an ideal fulfillment of the mitzvah, one-tenth for a normal fulfillment, and less corresponds to an ungenerous fulfillment. Questions • Why did the Torah require everyone to give charity? • Shouldn’t the Torah say that giving charity is good, and allow people to choose if they want to give charity or not? Why does it have to require specific amounts? • Shouldn’t people have complete ownership over their property? Why must they allow others to come onto their fields? • Does mandated tzedaka mean the same thing as redistribution of wealth? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 34. Page 5Setting Market Prices Source4 !" #$%& .&()*#-+,# -&(# ./01-23# 45+&(678 9:;&(6 !</= 0# 45+&(67832 $:*">6(6 .$:>">6?+-&("@ When you sell property to your neighbor, or buy any from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another. Source5 A& %$B !$&"6 +"2! 9&6 !/% # ,C+&682 $"66 $"6+ &"" $6#/D ,$A) +# +/!2 !/%2 # $"62 $E# # /&# ,!D8+ #2 28 $A8 #!D &B 28 F# .(9&,!" #$%&) "&)# +# D&# ,/+ 2#--C+&68 A&&)--!&/! !G $"6A D&D 89& #2D H&A ,9&G6A !/!D H&A ;HAD&!2 H+&/D &/B6 ,!%2 .A&D!2 !D&D !D $"6D &$! :9I&" .!DA ++D ,A&D!2 A&&) !&!& !&/!! !&!+ !6" A G &$!--!D&DA !8AD !D # ,!D&DA !D&6) !D # ,!8ADA !D&D !D # ,!D&6)A .!/#+62 !2" !&/!! +# $&G)!2 !/6! A&&) ,)%6! !/%/ ;!&/! Summary6 The rabbis of the Talmud used this as a basis for a series of specific laws on the subject. They ruled that if the price charged was more than one sixth above the accepted price, the sale is null and void and the seller must return the buyer’s money. If it was exactly one sixth more, the transaction is valid, but the seller must return the amount overcharged. If it was less than a sixth, the transaction is valid and no money need be returned. Questions • What was the reasoning behind setting market prices? • Why couldn’t storeowners charge as much as people were willing to pay? • Wouldn’t competition between di!erent stores keep the prices reasonable? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 35. Page 6Interest-Free Loans Source !" #$%&7 .()&*+ $,-.-/ 01%,23&4#-56 7()&8+9:" ;. 7*,:73#-56 9-%</ ,=+-/>7-#>5 ,9<%?/-#>5 7*$:.9@# A>B9>"-C<5 D" If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, do not act toward them as creditor; exact no interest from them. Summary8 The Sages said as follows: Rabbi Shimon says: Those who lend at interest lose more than what they gain. And moreover, they render Moshe our teacher wise, and his Torah truth. And they say: "If Moshe our teacher had known that there would be profit in the matter, he would not have written it." (Bava Metzia 75b) Explanation9 HETER ISKA In a heter iska, the "lender" and the "borrower" turn into "investor" and "businessman." Thus, it is noted that all the documents mentioning the terms "borrower" and "lender" actually mean "investor" and "businessman." The investor gives money to the business, and the businessman is supposed to invest the money in a business that yields profits. The profit and loss derived from the money is divided equally between the investor and the businessman, except for the small salary that the businessman takes for his work. The important point in the agreement is that the investor cannot know exactly how much the businessman profits from the business, and so the parties agree among themselves that the businessman is required to prove the truth of the figures presented by him. If the businessman is unable to prove to the investor how much money he earned, he must pay him demei hitpashrut, at the rate of interest. Practically speaking, the businessman (i.e., the borrower) is unable to prove how much his business profited or lost, and therefore he must pay the investor (the lender) the agreed upon demei hitpashrut. Questions • Why would the Torah prohibit charging interest on loans? • What would be the motivation for someone to loan if there was no interest involved? • Why did the Rabanan institute the Heter Iska? • Is the Heter Iska just a loophole to get out of an inconvenient halacha? • Why are loans so important? • Were the rabbis concerned with the Jewish people having a slow-growing economy? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 36. Page 7Land Distribution Source !" #$%&$10 $() %* .+,&-./ #012345&03$ 6()789*03$ :;(<(6 =>)(80.+ 60?)><() @* .#A&<0>) 6-B/A&-)?< 6C!6DE #0>$FDE9! $* .,+()789* G0H+IE !EJK32 E523) LE5< ,+()789* ME5N3&0H+ M1N3&1)D! ,+()789* 60?$O0H+ The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Among these shall the land be apportioned as shares, according to the listed names: with larger groups increase the share, with smaller groups reduce the share. Each is to be assigned its share according to its enrollment. Questions • On what basis was the land given to the Jewish People when they entered the land of Israel? • Why didn’t the stronger or more powerful tribes get a larger portion of the land? • Was this designed only to make sure the country began with each person equal, or was it designed as a model for always keeping people as equal as possible?Shmita and Pruzbul Source11 !M PE#$% 6-0B/9E #-B/7< ,%CE 6-0./1& )1N01$-)0(" M,&-Q/ 60(M5&-0R/16 #1$0S 6?TD! $ .60(M5&-R/ 6UB/7N0H+ PEV*-Q/-N1$-B/ :0W5& < X3) 6YE36VE #-B/7<9! Z0A@0[+ E3"0C*16-+?< @ .6C!6E1) 60(M5&-R/ <]^-E05" !E58(<-+?<D! _6>N`-+?< Z0A@VE-<a _6>N`03$ .XbCE M>&-R/0H+ XE58(<-+?< Every seventh year you shall practice remission of debts. This shall be the nature of the remission: every creditor shall remit the due that he claims from his fellow; he shall not dun his fellow or kinsman, for the remission proclaimed is of the Lord. You may dun the foreigner; but you must remit whatever is due you from your kinsmen. Source12 $ ,!) c% % =#2 GEME@ +"4& GE=+6! %&N 6T +< 6T +!!)6)& PN6 !N*&*/ ))6 6<# +ENE$/) #"T M&/+% G*$# !*E=+! )!$4!#2 And the Rabbis instituted the release [of debt] in honor of the 7th year. Hillel saw that the nation had ceased lending money, one to the other, so he arose and established the pruzbul. Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 37. Page 8Shmita and Pruzbul - Continued Source WHAT IS A PRUZBUL? -Excerpted from Rabbi Alfred S. Cohen, www.jlaw.com13 Despite the important moral and religious lessons to be learned from the mitzvah of shemitat kesafim (cancellation of debts), and despite the fact that observance of this practice is a specific Torah directive, the reality is that when economic circumstances became di!cult, not all people were able to live up to these high ideals. The rich simply refused to lend money to the poor as the Sabbatical Year approached. Consequently, some two thousand years ago, Hillel the Elder came to the conclusion that drastic action had to be taken. Thus, he instituted the pruzbul. The pruzbul is a legal device which, in e"ect, transfers a private debt to the beth din, the Jewish court. Shemitat kesafim cancels only debts between people, not monies owed to court. Therefore, the court is able to collect the debt whenever it desires, even after the Sabbatical Year. Rabbis do not have the authority to cancel a Torah imperative nor to override that which the Torah forbids. Under the circumstance, Hillel devised a system -- the pruzbul which would permit a debt to be collected even after the Sabbatical Year, yet without violating the Torahs command. Source14 !" #$%& ()"*+,$ -./#01&23,4 5.6473)%01&.8# #9:;9<0.1&25,$ +; .-/#*+<.1#-#7+ ./#)=2>*+,$ ?7@A2+-#7+ :B)C.8# D;E40/& F0G&,$ ; .?H#;IC)( ?)%A2")( 5JH&K:.L#-M.I" 5NJ./&25 #.O;2P (2"+.Q# DR1#E;,$ ?.7%2: ;S4Q;)<7+ Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it, and what they leave let the wild beasts eat. You shall do the same with your vineyards and your olive groves. Questions • Why did the Torah mandate all loans to be excused on the Shmita Year? • What problem arose that cause Hilel to institute the Pruzbul? • Similar to the Heter Iska, how can our Rabbis make rules that seem to ignore explicit laws of the Torah? What was so bad that made them do this? • Is it possible that the rabbis were concerned that the ideal nature of man as outlined in the Torah was not something the Jewish people could live up to at that time? • What was the reason to leave the land fallow? • Why don’t we have the right to do with our land as we please? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 38. Page 9Conclusion Discussion • Are the laws in the Torah that “look out for the little guy” an endorsement of Socialism? Would it be so bad if they were? • Does Jewish Law have socialist or capitalism leanings? • Is there a presentation of two di!erent sets of values for Jewish economics: one that is idealistic and one that is realistic? • With these ideas in mind, what application is there from Jewish Law to speak to the American Economy? Is America’s economy Socialist, Capitalist, Both or Neither? • What are the other attitudes that the Torah takes on Money? What role should money play in the lives of the Jewish people? • Do we have Jews view financial matters the same as other people? Do we serve as an example to the world?Rabbinic Responses to Communism - R. Yitzchak Blau Below is an excerpt from Rabbi Blau’s article on the Jewish response to Communism. Communism had socialist beliefs, but had many other beliefs not inherent to socialism. This excerpt refers to the property of ownership in Jewish Culture How does Rabbi Blau present the concept of property ownership in Jewish culture? How much of a right do Jews have to own their property? Is it a better system to have private ownership, or public ownership? Yeshiva University • 500 W. 185th Street, Suite 440 New York, NY 10033 • Phone (212) 960-5261 Fax (212)-923-3745 • eimatai@yu.edu www.eimatai.org
  • 39. SchoolInitiative Planning Sessions
  • 40. Project Planning SessionsGoal: To provide participating students with a basic understanding of the science ofplanning projects/events and some strategies to plan effectively.Goal Objectives: • Teach planning effectively. • Practice brainstorming and creative thinking. • Conduct a needs assessment.Supplies Needed: • Flipchart • Markers • Handouts • Scratch paperDuration: The program is broken up into five pieces. These fiveprograms will be run throughout the conference, not in one shot: • Part 1- “How to Plan”- 35 min • Part 2- Actual Brainstorming (coming up with 3-5 ideas) – 60 min • Part 3- Choosing the idea- 30 min • Part 4- Creating an Action Plan- 60 min • Part 5- Preparing Presentations- 60 min 1
  • 41. Part 1 - How to Plan (35 min) - Sunday 7:30pmStudents will break into school groups led by Eimatai Advisors. The How to Planprogram will take place in school groupsPlanning Logistics (15 min)Advisors should be asking the bold questions to the rest of the group, and recording themon a flipchart.The question to start out this part of the program is:What are important parts of planning a project?What do we need to be thinking about to even start this process? • Brainstorming • Stress Management • Back-up plans • Attitude • Creativity • Organization • Flexibility • Action PlansAs always, your group may come up with many more, and that’s great!Now that we have identified a number of different parts of planning, lets exploresome of these more in depth:Advisors should hand out tip sheets on planning events. Each topic should be introducedwith, “Why is X an important part of planning”Plans • Think of every piece of the program o Go into every level of detail possible. For every piece that you don’t prepare, it’s possible that it may not work out. Walk through your program from start to end including both large and small parts of the program. • Think of what can go wrong o Advisor will give an example of an event like a party or a concert and will ask students what they think could go wrong (Example: the sound system isn’t working, there isn’t enough food, the band is stuck in traffic etc.) • Thorough planning and contingency plans o This is done by trying to come up with as many ideas of what could go wrong and planning your event in a way that could exclude potential mishaps. (Example: order extra food. Its always better to have too much then too little) • Don’t stress, something will go wrong o No matter how many contingency plans one has, not everything will run as smoothly as one would like it too. The best way to combat this is to roll with the punches and tackle the issues head on to the best of one’s ability.Setup • When possible, don’t let your participants see you setup 2
  • 42. o Setting up while your participants are arriving shows a lack of preparation. • Always be there ahead of time • Calculate how early you will have to be at the program based on what needs to be done o Always add in a little more time just to be safe and to give yourself a chance to breathe before the event begins (Example: if you need to set up chairs or food and all of that will take an hour, get there an hour and a half before the event)Attitude • Attitude is one of the most important elements in planning and executing an event: it has the potential to make or break a program. • The team leader spreads the attitude o The more optimism and positive attitude one has, the more confidence one builds into their team, thereby setting the stage for a good working environment and a great program. • Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm - if you generate excitement about an idea or an event, other people will follow suit. • Do something to get people out of their boxes and shells o By acting really excited or even quirky or silly you allow people to feel comfortable with themselves and the program. (If it’s appropriate – yom hashoa program might need a different approach) People loosen up when certain rigid barriers are removed by relaxed and exciting behavior. (Example: by doing a funny ice-breaker like the games we played at our first session, people loosen up.) 3
  • 43. Part 2 - How to Brainstorm (20 min) - Sunday 8:00pmAdvisor should ask the bold questionsNow that we learned about how to prepare the logistics of a project, how do youcome up with a creative project idea? • What is brainstorming? • Why do we brainstorm?Brainstorming is an activity used to generate many creative ideas that have no right orwrong answers and are accepted without criticismBrainstorming ChallengeSplit group by schools and pose the following challenge:You are part of a team of engineers that is stuck on an island in the middle of a lake.There are 5 members of your team. You have run out of food, and everyone must get offthe island. In 10 minutes how many ways can your team think of to get off the island andmake it to the shore? The island is 1000 ft from shore.You only have the following supplies: • 500 ft. of rope • A 10 ft long canoe that holds only 2 people and contains 2 paddles • An abandoned school bus. The bus is broken and cannot be fixed, but can be taken apart • 5 trees, each tree is 50 ft tall and only 2 ft wideYou get 1 point for any solution, 5 points for a solution that the other team does not have.Creativity Counts! • What was challenging about this activity • Why was it challenging? • How did your group come up with solutions to escape the island? • What do you think would have made this challenge easier? • What are some practical tips for brainstorming that we can learn from this activity? o Define the problem you want solved clearly, and lay out any criteria to be met o Keep the session focused on the problem o Ensure that no one criticizes or evaluates ideas during the session. Criticism introduces an element of risk for group members when putting forward an idea. This stifles creativity and cripples the free running nature of a good brainstorming session o Encourage an enthusiastic, uncritical attitude among members of the group. Try to get everyone to contribute and develop ideas, including the quietest members of the group 4
  • 44. o Let people have fun brainstorming. Encourage them to come up with as many ideas as possible, from solidly practical ones to wildly impractical ones. Welcome creativity o Ensure that no train of thought is followed for too long o Encourage people to develop other peoples ideas, or to use other ideas to create new ones o Appoint one person to note down ideas that come out of the session. A good way of doing this is to use a flip chart. This should be studied and evaluated after the session.Now that we have learned about brainstorming lets begin to brainstorm about someof the different areas of need in our schools 5
  • 45. Part 3 - School Brainstorming (40 min) - Sunday 8:20pmSchools should brainstorm about some of their needs of their schoolsAdvisors will hand out the Needs Assessment handout. Encourage the students to use thestrategies for brainstorming you just reviewed.Part 4 - Choosing an Idea (30 min) – Monday 12:00pmSchools should work together to figure out which project idea they would like to follow-through to completion.It’s not always easy to come to a consensus, so recognize that sometimes there will bepeople unhappy with the choice that is made. There will need to be compromise, andstudents should figure out what idea is best for the group, not which one they thought of. 6
  • 46. Part 5 - Action Plan (60 min) – Monday 5:00pmSchools will explore Action PlansUsing a blank action report as a guide, advisors should ask the bold questions. • What is an Action Plan? o A detailed list that says what needs to be done, who will do it, and by when it must be done. • Why is it important to have a thorough Action Plan o In order for every aspect of your program to run smoothly and successfully you need to create a thorough Action Plan. If you are missing things on the report, then most likely you will forget to do it for the program and something will go wrong. • What does the Action Plan incorporate? o It incorporates timeline, goal, and delegation. ! You need a timeline. For the timeline, work backwards from the event. Make sure that you finish all of the preparation at least two weeks before the program is to take place. ! You must always have a Goal for any program that you run. Make sure to list it at the beginning of brainstorming and put it as the header on your action report so that you will always be aware of your objective. This way your program will never stray too far from your overall goal. Programs have a lot of facets. ! The only way to accomplish everything is to have proper delegation. Make sure that someone in charge gives out tasks to people who have the time and skills to handle them. Assess the people for yourself and assign them accordingly rather than relying on what they tell you that they can do. • Review the “What every Action Plan Should Have” page Your school group should now begin to work on an appropriate Action Plan for their project. Make sure that the Action Plan is realistic. It is the key to success for the program 7
  • 47. Part 6 - Preparing Presentations (60 min) Monday evening andTuesday morningSchools will explore how to make an engaging presentationWhat are some different ways we can make a presentation? • Elevator Pitch • PowerPoint • Flyer • Skit • Billboard • SongEach school group will be responsible for preparing: • A 30 second elevator pitch- This will be used during the School Initiative Fair o An elevator pitch (or elevator speech) is a brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The pitch is so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (say, thirty seconds or 100- 150 words). o Every Elevator Pitch contains: ! A "hook". Open your pitch by getting the Investors attention with a "hook." A statement or question that piques their interest to want to hear more. ! About 150-225 words. Your pitch should go no longer than 60 seconds. ! Passion. ! A request. At the end of your pitch, you must ask for something. Do you want their business card, to schedule a full presentation, to ask for a referral? • A poster board billboard o Using a tri-fold poster board schools will create a catchy looking billboard to be used during the School Initiative Fair. • A 3 minute presentation with the rest of their buzz group o Exactly what this is, is completely up to your school group. It can be a jingle, a story, or even just an explanation of the project.Now the schools should work on their presentations together to make sure they are readyfor the school initiative fair on Tuesday morning. 8

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