Blog post by Bring It In - Israel Winter Fellow Meagan Newman
November 28th, Jaffa. Head spinning, nose running, and finger swelling, up out of bed I go, take some Tylenol, grab some tissue, and tape up my finger eager to rock some kid’s worlds for two hours of amazing Basketball fun! Riding solo as the only winter fellow at the Weitzman School in Jaffa on Sunday November 28 I used this opportunity to hone in on my Hebrew skills. I arrived at the school during recess and immediately took the opportunity to join in on the fun dancing with a group in the middle of the yard. Play and sport has always been the easiest way to relate to youth, and to start to build a
rapport with them; and it is fun!
The theme of the day was focusing on positive reinforcement and feedback in Hebrew. Being the only fellow there, I knew I would be given multiple opportunities to lead the session practicing my Hebrew skills. I was perched at the top of the court after giving an example so I was in a good position to cheer on the kids as they came around the cones half way through their relay races. This gave me the opportunity
to give them some positive feedback quickly as they went back into the final stretch before hand off, having the time to make any minor corrections. I feel as though the kids valued from my positive feedback as they knew they were starting to grow stronger as little players.
Overall, even with a head cold and jammed/bruised finger, spirits were high and positive attitudes of both myself and the class elevated the atmosphere. It was a great experience being solo as I was forced out of my comfort zone to use my Hebrew to connect with the class on a different level. Thank you Weitzman for agreat morning!! Click Here for more pictures.
This blog post is by Bring It In - Israel Winter Fellow Gabi P. Remz.
Gabi with basketball cheering on the players
Large lines to play in video game competitions. A large clown performing in bright green sequences. An intense futsal match. And a Bring It In- Israel basketball clinic, featuring an eclectic mix of Jewish and Arab players, and American and Canadian coaches.
The air was electric on a humid Monday night in Jaffo, where the Bnei Brit Community Center was celebrating it’s reopening after significant renovations. With tons of boisterous kids attending the event, it was an ideal opportunity for the Bring It In- Israel team to organize an activity.
Throughout the night, more than fifteen kids participated in a variety of basketball related activities, from shooting competitions to games of keep-away to defensive slides. Though some of the activities were quite challenging, the kids’ energy levels and enthusiasm remained high, leading to a tremendously successful night of basketball. The coaches—all of whom were leading their first clinic—were able to put some of their new Hebrew sports vocabulary into good use, and the children were extremely receptive to the coaches’ tips and advice.After the organized practice session, there was some time for an open shoot around, during which several of the young players challenged coaches to one on one match-ups, providing both important experience and laughter for both sides. The end of a very successful clinic early on in the winter fellowship has left the coaches very excitedfor the experiences to come.To see more pictures from the day click here.