The TALI (Hebrew acronym for “enriched Jewish Studies”) network of schools provides a pluralistic Jewish Studies program to tens of thousands of schoolchildren in 260 public schools and pre-schools throughout Israel--comprising more than 10% of all secular public schools in Israel
TALI offers the middle-way in Israel for Jewish education, tradition and the awakening of Jewish identity. Established in 1976, TALI has been sponsored since 1987 by the TALI Education Fund (TEF) which is authorized by Israel’s Ministry of Education to provide educational guidance and resources to all TALI schools.
Why Israel Needs TALI
Every Jewish child in Israel deserves a Jewish education. But most go without.
Jews in Israel are deeply divided along religious and secular fault-lines – a divide that tears at the fabric of Israeli society. For sixty years, this division has been fostered by Israel’s school system which operates only two educational streams: religious and secular.
Yet most Jewish Israelis define themselves as neither Orthodox nor secular, but as traditional. They identify with Jewish culture and heritage, but feel alienated by a rigid, politicized religious establishment. By sending their children to secular public schools, most Israeli parents have forfeited their children’s right to a Jewish education.
TALI brings Jewish learning to the secular Israeli classroom, connecting pupils with their heritage, and educating towards religious pluralism in the Jewish state.
The Mandate of the TALI Education Fund
The TALI Education Fund provides 2200 TALI teachers with the tools and training needed to create a Jewish environment for their school community.
-promotes expansion of the TALI school system
-provides regular on-site pedagogical counseling for teachers
-publishes textbooks for teachers and pupils
-sponsors leadership training programs for teachers and principals
-conducts teacher room workshops at the schools
-places TALI rabbis in schools to enrich Jewish content and experience
-subsidizes family workshops on Jewish prayer and values
-builds Jewish libraries and resources for TALI schools
-develops parental leadership in schools
Growing with TALI
A Nationwide Network
TALi is a growing, nationwide network of schools and pre-schools from Eilat in the south to the Northern Galilee.
TALI schools reflect a true microcosm of the Israeli public school system. TALI thrives in cities, development towns and rural communities. TALI serves strong and weak socio-economic groups; veteran Israelis and new immigrants alike. 15% of TALI students come from families that have immigrated from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.As more and more Israeli municipal officials, educators and families hear about TALI, the demand for TALI education grows.
Support the TALI Education Fund
More and more Israeli schools want to join TALI. As the demand for TALI education grows, so does TALI’s need for resources. TALI’s future depends on the support of friends worldwide. For further information, please contact:
Exciting TALI educational projects are available and waiting for sponsorship.