The course included service learning, an innovative pedagogical methodology, in which students actively participate in helping the community. This included meeting, interviewing, and documenting the oral history and personal accounts of local Israeli artists, musicians and Hollywood creators. At the end of the course, students organized, cataloged and digitized the information they collected to be incorporated in an exhibition on MappingJewishLA.org. This is their final project.
We would like to extend our thanks to UCLA Alan Leve Center for Jewish Studies, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and to our community partner, Professor Ruth Weisberg, Director and Founder of the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI), and the Israeli artists whose work is the core of the final exhibition. We are grateful to our guest speakers for sharing their knowledge with us: Misha Segal, widely known composer, songwriter, recording artist and producer; Noga Pnueli, Hollywood screenplay writer; Adi Shapira, pianist; Dr. Bruce Philips, Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College, HUC Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, USC; and Sherri Morr, fundraising expert in nonprofit management.
כי אנכי ידעתי את־המחשבת אשר אנכי חשב עליכם נאם־יהוה מחשבות
שלום ולא לרעה לתת לכם אחרית ותקוה׃
“For I knew the plans I have for you,” declares HaShem, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Gold, Steven, The Israeli Diaspora. Rutledge: University of Washington Press, 2002.
Gold, Steven, ‘Jewish Israelis in Los Angeles,’ Espace, Populations, Societes, (2006), volume 1 ps. 47-60.
Gold Steven and Phillips Bruce, ‘Israelis in the United States,’ American Jewish Year Book, (1996), volume 96, ps. 51-101.