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Midreshet Lindenbaum with David Project, Israel Fellows Program, Jerusalem
Articulate students who understand the history and politics of the Middle East are needed on U.S. college campuses. In response to this need, an innovative program at Israel’s Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem was inaugurated during the 2006-07 academic year to prepare high school graduates for the challenges they will face as Jewish college students committed to Israel. A dozen students were selected through a competitive process to take part in a year-long study program designed to prepare them as leaders on campus in the effort to present Israel in a fair and accurate light. The David Project Fellows Program exposes students to top Israeli lecturers from academia, the military, and the business world. The syllabus includes an in-depth review of modern Jewish and Israeli history as well as topics that are “hot-button” issues on campuses, such as post-colonial thinking, human rights, and dealing with the media. www.lind.org.il

University of Miami School of Education, Holocaust Through Film and Literature course, Coral Gables
Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Ph.D., was the instructor for the course Holocaust Through Film and Literature, offered to undergraduate students at the University of Miami in spring 2006. The purpose of the course was to provide a framework for studying and teaching the Holocaust through film and literature, along with the historical knowledge essential to that endeavor. According to the course description, “students will encounter the devastating effects of a social and political movement that allows racism and prejudice to produce the very basest of human behavior.” The texts and films were supplemented by accounts of Holocaust survivors and a trip to the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. www.education.miami.edu

Chabad on Campus, Washington University St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Chabad campus centers are inclusive and open to every Jewish student regardless of background or observance level. Chabad’s aim is to ensure that students graduate as stronger and more empowered Jews than when they entered college. To that end, the organization seeks to be a “home away from home” for Jews on campuses and offers a wealth of social, educational, and spiritual programs at campuses across the U.S. and around the globe. The organization welcomes all students and serves their needs on a social, educational, and spiritual level. It allows students to discover their heritage at their own pace, helping to foster the creation of the next generation of empowered Jewish leadership. Targum Shlishi’s funding went towards general support for the Chabad on Campus serving Washington University and the St. Louis region. www.chabadoncampus.org

Jewish Museum of Florida, museum website, Miami Beach 
Targum Shlishi is supporting a redesign of the museum’s website, which was originally designed more than ten years ago and was difficult to navigate. The redesign, currently in progress, is intended to make the site more sophisticated and user-friendly. The Jewish Museum of Florida opened to the public in 1995. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the material evidence of the Florida Jewish experience from 1763 to the present. It is the first museum in the country to document the history of an ethnic group within a state, and Florida is the first state to have a museum chronicling its Jewish history. www.jewishmuseum.com

Targum Shlishi Initiative, New Sages of Israel
Who are our heroes? Who inspires us, makes us think, gives us hope? Who is making a difference in the Jewish world today? New Sages of Israel is a book and multimedia project currently in development that will profile twenty-five individuals working in a range of fields, and all working in some way to improve our world. www.targumshlishi.org/initiatives.html