Tarbuton Selected to Join Nitzan National Network for Innovative After School Programs

The Tarbuton San Diego’s Center for Hebrew & Israel Education Selected to Join National Network for Innovative After School Programs. January 8, 2013.  Read Online Here

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Jennie Starr
Tarbuton, Israeli Cultural Center

The Tarbuton San Diego’s Center for Hebrew & Israel Education Selected to Join National Network for Innovative After School Programs

San Diego, CA, 1/7/2013 The Tarbuton, Israeli Cultural Center in Carmel Valley, is honored to have been selected to join Nitzan, a National network for innovative after school programs.  (“Nitzan” means flower bud in Hebrew.)

The purpose of Nitzan’s network is to support the renewal of Jewish learning after school.  Network members support each other by sharing resources and practices, discussing successes and challenges, and collectively engaging national experts in the discussion pedagogy, curriculum, organization, and practice.  Network members include professionals and lay leaders involved in emerging, developing, and established programs that are designed to renew Jewish learning after school.

The network was catalyzed by a small number of emerging programs in North America looking for a community of practice and support.  The initial launch of the network was funded by the generous support of The Covenant Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have found an organizational umbrella for our work in the Nitzan Network and appreciate the Covenant Foundation’s willingness to look at ways to support organizations like the Tarbuton,” said Jennie Starr, the Tarbuton’s Director and Founder.  “This is the latest in a series of positive nods from the community for the hard work and direction of the Tarbuton.”

The Tarbuton was recognized in November, 2012, by the Slingshot Fund as one of the top 50 Jewish Innovative programs in North America.  Seed funding was provided first by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County in 2011 and 2012 for scholarships to needs-based students, making it possible for them to participate. The Leichtag Foundation provided additional support for the Tarbuton in 2011 and 2012 with additional scholarship funds for families and supporting the PJ Library program in the Tarbuton, the Modern Hebrew version, Sifriyat Pijama.  The Tarbuton is seeking second stage funding and continued support for its growth.

The Tarbuton Israeli Cultural Center offers an after school and Sunday, Modern Hebrew, Jewish and Israel program for pre-school and K-8, at our Center and on San Diego public school campuses. The “Shnat Mitzvah” program couples Hebrew with Israel education catering to families planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Hebrew for High School Credit is also available. The Tarbuton two track Hebrew program meets the needs of Israelis and Americans, but brings the Israeli-American community together in our Israeli dance, music and drama programs, sports and martial arts Hebrew enrichment programs and community wide Jewish Holidays celebrations.


Tarbuton modern Hebrew classes are offered in the Del Mar and Solana Beach schools.  New classes are being explored for Encinitas, Carlsbad, and La Jolla as well.  Who we Serve: Pre-school, K-8, High School Credit for Hebrew and Adults.  Established: January, 2006  Children attend:  1-4 hours/week (Some students also attend Sunday Schools, Jewish Day School, Jewish Summer Camp and local youth groups)   http://www.tarbuton.org  Contact: info@tarbuton.org  or 858-245-9375.


The Nitzan network is being led by one of their grantees, the Edah program in Berkeley, California.  Nitzan is seeking additional funding to grow and sustain the budding network.  http://www.nitzan.org/


Slingshot was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios with the most innovative and effective organizations and programs in North America. This guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character.  Now in its eighth edition, Slingshot has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community. The book, published annually, is available for free in hard copy and as a download at www.slingshotfund.org.

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