Archive – Old news from the early days of homeschooling in Israel

New Hebrew Web Site about Homeschooling in Israel

(April 2003) A comprehensive Hebrew web site about homeschooling in Israel has been launched by Beofen Tivi. From the link below, navigate to “Chinuch Beiti”. The site includes a list of support groups throughout Israel. You will need a web browser that supports logical Hebrew encoding.

Beofen Tivi has also published a new book in Hebrew covering all aspects of homeschooling. To order, call 04-680-0933. 68 shekels plus 5 shekels shipping.

Organized Activities

(April 2003) The Jerusalem group has several regularly scheduled activities, including ceramics, outdoor survival, and more. Contact Dina Trachtman at 02-534-1721 for the latest details.

Unschooling going strong in 5762!

(November 2001) This last year was a huge success in the growth of Israeli home education, with many new families joining the ranks, regular meetings and activities in the Jerusalem area, and a large information day in Tel Aviv.

The twice-a-month Jerusalem Zoo group continues this year, with many families who are considering homeschooling taking the opportunity to come and meet the people who are doing it. We still meet on the first and third Tuesday of the calendar month at about 10:15 AM (sometimes people arrive later) until about 1:30 PM.

A lifetime-unschooling family made aliyah from Baltimore, adding a bunch of kids to the group, and immediately set about organizing various activities. Currently, there is a weekly ceramics/pottery group, and other groups such as woodworking, sewing and more are in the works. For more info, contact Dina Trachtman at 02-534-1721 or at

To stay informed about trips, classes and other activities, join the mailing list.

Unfortunately, the current Minister of Education is not interested in home education, so our recommendation for those planning to homeschool is to just do it without requesting permission. We will keep you informed if anything changes.

More events planned for 5761!

(August 2000) Sara-Rivka Ernstoff is coordinating a bi-monthly zoo trip at the Jerusalem Zoo beginning this fall. While younger kids play with their parent(s) in the playground/petting zoo, the older kids will have a hands-on workshop with the zoo staff, and learn how to care for the animals. To learn more about this and other activities, join the mailing list.

Support group forming in Shomron area

(June 2000) Yana and Alexander Zinigrad are starting a support group in the Shomron/Ariel area. Contact them at: 053-425-172 or

Israel Homeschooling Mailing List

(March 2000) A mailing list has been created to facilitate coordination of events among Israel Homeschoolers. To join, sign up

Picnic, Zoo Trip

(February 2000) Recent homeschooling events in the Jerusalem area included another successful picnic in Efrat, and a trip to the Jerusalem Zoo.

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