The Be’eri program kicked off the 2011-12 school year with over ninety schools participating in the program (38 schools in the Yuval track and 55 in the Ma’ayan track) and a new regional partnership! The Golan Regional Council joins the six existing municipalities that have partnered with Be’eri, and the program is opening in two out of three of the region’s junior high and high schools. Be’eri is now implemented in all schools in Haifa, Modi’in, Be’er Sheva, Nazereth Illit, and Karmiel and in most schools in Ashdod.
Municipal partnerships and the attention of the regional facilitators, coupled with the supportive working relationships that they enjoy with the municipalities and the schools, has served to deepen and widen the breadth of the program within and outside of participating schools. In order to strengthen municipal partnerships and to generate momentum and excitement, Be’eri is working with the municipalities of Haifa, Modi’in, Be’er Sheva, and Tel Aviv to provide year-long local training to Tarbut Yisrael teachers in these municipalities; and to organize events celebrating the upcoming high holidays and the start of the school year.
Municipal events that included city department heads and principals from all of the schools in the municipalities were hosted by the mayors of Modi’in and Be’er Sheva in each of these cities. Karmiel leadership, led by the city’s mayor, was hosted at the Hartman Institute in September.