Connecting with Diaspora Jewry through English Studies
Recent studies conducted by Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah have shown that English studies are on the wane in the Religious Zionist community. A working knowledge of English is crucial for advancing in university and in the workforce, and this deficiency can serve to keep Orthodox students back later in life. Moreover, a lack of English also leads to estrangement from Jewish communities around the world. The state of English education is but one symptom of a greater problem: the community’s disregard and lack of understanding of other Jewish communities.
In order to advance English studies in public religious schools, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah is planning a new campaign. Within the campaign, public awareness will be raised, research will be published, and a discourse on the subject will be created. At the same time, student representatives on campus will hold study groups and lectures to promote the study of English and a deeper connection with Jews around the world.
We continue to monitor this situation closely and to look at a variety of possible projects that can improve the level of English studies in public religious schools. We have also been able to raise this issue on the public agenda and will continue to raise awareness about the problem.