Independence Day at 65
ByALINA DAIN SHARON
April 11, 2013 12:23
Programs foster Israel education in North America.
Israel throughout the year 370.
(photo credit:courtesy lookstein center)
During the Six Day War, when famous Israeli spy Eli Cohen worked for the Mossad
in Syria, he suggested that Syrian soldiers plant eucalyptus trees near army
fortifications in the Golan Heights. He told Syrian officials this would make
Israel think the area was unfortified and would help Syrian soldiers stationed
there survive the heat. Shortly after, he conveyed the locations of the trees to
Israeli officials, helping the IDF know exactly where the enemy bunkers
were.The eucalyptus tree tale is just one of the many stories that are
the focus of a new curriculum developed by Bar- Ilan University’s Lookstein
Center for Jewish Education, with support from Dr. Shmuel and Evelyn Katz of Bal
Harbour, Florida. As the 65th Independence Day approaches, it is worth looking
at two recently launched programs, the Lookstein Center’s “Israel Throughout The
Year” and the Israel Institute in Washington, both of which work to educate and
engage scholarship about Israel.