Samuel Green bigs up English reading in Israel – Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/people/45644/samuel-green-bigs-english-reading-israel

By Candice Krieger

The British self-styled Zionist rapper Samuel Green is doing his bit to promote English literacy among Israeli school children.

Last week, Mr Green, aka Antithesis, kicked off a one-month readathon with a performance at the Ma’ale Adumim Mall.

The initiative is being organised by A.H.A.V.A, a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricula English classes for Israeli pupils. The former Mazkir of FZY, Mr Green tells People: “”The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start, and English is a big part of that.

“”I loved reading growing up. It broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honour to support A.H.A.V.A and this event.”” At the launch, Mr Green performed some of his rap music and read a short story.

The readathon is now in its sixth year.

For one month, children are sponsored to read as many short-story English books as they can. The person who reads the most will receive a prize, donated by basketball club, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem.

Mr Green, who grew up in south London, has released two albums to date.

Student newspaper Varsity named him one of the Top 100 Most Talented Cambridge Students, and the JC included him in its ‘Power 100’ list of those with the most influence over the British Jewish community.

ShalomLife: Zionist rapper Antithesis launches read-a-thon in Israel

By: ASHLEY BAYLEN

http://www.shalomlife.com/eng/14674/article

Antithesis, a rap artist best known for the Jewish and Zionist themes in his music, plans to launch a one-month English literacy event at Maaleh Adumin Mall in Israel this afternoon.

The rapper kicks off the event by performing live in the Maaleh Adumim Mall at 5pm. Additionally, he will read a short story to the kids attending. The goal of his initiative is to raise funds for A.H.A.V.A, a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricular English language classes for Israeli children.

Antithesis, aka Samuel Green, was born in Kingston, London in the UK. He has released two successful albums, and performs his original music around the world. Antithesis was named one of the top 100 influential Jews in the UK due to his thought provoking lyrics.

Antithesis believed it essential to attach his name to A.H.A.V.A. Less than half of all eligible 12th grade students in Israel attempt the English matriculation exam, with a surprising 45% that can’t matriculate at all.

“The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start and English is a big part of that. I loved reading growing up, it broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honor to support A.H.A.V.A. and this event.”, Anithesis says.

The A.H.A.V.A read-a-thon is in its 6th year, and hopes to attract hundreds of local school children and families. Children are sponsored to read as many English books as possible over the course of the month. On April 4th, the event will officially come to a close with a community party and Award Ceremony.

A.H.A.V.A was founded in 2000 by Galia Cohen Morrison, an English teacher and mother of five, who was determined to provide an affordable extra-curricular English tuition to Israel’s children.

“We are delighted Antithesis has agreed to launch this year’s annual read-a-thon, it is very exciting for local children. Last year saw hundreds of children take part. We are expecting this year’s event to attract even more families.” Morrison explains.

The read-a-thon is being sponsored this year by Bank Yahav, Aroma, Steimatsky, Reemax, Maaleh Adumim Municipality, Janis Design, Nof HaYarden Hall, Kanyon Adumim and Kol Gina Pnina.

Ynet: UK rapper launches read-a-thon in Israel

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027119,00.html

Antithesis, rap artist renowned for Zionist and Jewish themes of his music, to kick-off one-month English literacy event at Maaleh Adumim Mall

Antithesis, a rap artist renowned for the Zionist and Jewish themes of his music, will be performing live in the Maaleh Adumim Mall on Thursday, February 17, at 5 pm, to kick-off a one-month read-a-thon for A.H.A.V.A., a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricular English-language classes for Israeli children.

A.H.A.V.A. is a non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting English literacy for children.

Antithesis, also known as Samuel Green, hails from Kingston, London in the UK. He has released two albums to date which have sold in their thousands, and continues to perform all over the world. Because of his celebrity and thought provoking music, Antithesis has also been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK Jewish community.

At the event, Antithesis will perform some of his rap music and officially launch the Read-a-thon by reading a short story to all the children present.

Antithesis said: “The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start and English is a big part of that. I loved reading growing up, it broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honor to support A.H.A.V.A. and this event.”

Less than half of all eligible 12th graders in Israel even attempt the English matriculation exam and just over 45% matriculate at all.

‘Very exciting for local children’

The A.H.A.V.A. read-a-thon is now in its sixth year and is hoping to attract hundreds of local school children and families to take part. Children are sponsored to read as many English books as they can over the course of a month, culminating with a community party and Award Ceremony to be held this year on April 4.

This year, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Basketball Club will be donating one of a number of prizes for children who manage to read the most books.

A.H.A.V.A. was founded in 2000 by Gaila Cohen Morrison, an experienced English teacher and mother of five, who was determined to provide affordable extra-curricula English tuition to Israeli children. All of the seminars and curricula are based on Cohen Morrison’s nearly 30 years of experience in the field, having taught over 2,000 students and dozens of educators.

A.H.A.V.A. Director Gaila Cohen Morrison said, “We are delighted Antithesis has agreed to launch this year’s annual read-a-thon, it is very exciting for local children. Last year saw hundreds of children take part. We are expecting this year’s event to attract even more families.”

The read-a-thon is being sponsored this year by Bank Yahav, Aroma, Steimatsky, Reemax, Maaaleh Adumim Municipality, Janis Design, Reemax, Nof HaYarden Hall, Kanyon Adumim and Kol Gina Pnina.

Haaretz: ANTITHESIS’ THESIS

From Rank and File by Raphael Aren

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/rank-and-file-1.324259

Samuel Green – a London-born rapper better know as Antithesis – is scheduled to perform in Ma’ale Adumim Mall next Thursday to kick-off a one-month read-a-thon benefiting A.H.A.V.A., a nonprofit providing extra-curricular English classes for Israeli children.

“”The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important that Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start, and English is a big part of that,”” said Antithesis, who moved to Tel Aviv last year and whose lyrics mostly deal with Zionist topics.

Now in its sixth year, the A.H.A.V.A. read-a-thon annually attracts hundreds of local school children. Students are sponsored to read as many English books as they can over the course of a month, culminating with a community party and award ceremony to be held on April 4. “”Kids who read just 20 minutes a day are in the top 10 percent of language students. English literacy is so important for our children and so we hope that the read-a-thon inspires them to get reading on a permanent basis,”” said A.H.A.V.A. director Gaila Cohen Morrison, a mother of five who founded the organization 11 years ago.

Israel National News: Rapping English to Israeli Kids – For a Better Future

by David Lev
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/news.aspx/142287

An innovative program in Ma’aleh Adumim aims to help Israeli teens master English – for a more successful future.

 

About half of Israel’s high school students fail English, says Ma’aleh Adumim teacher Galia Cohen – despite starting to learn ithe language in the third grade in Israeli schools — and that has tremendously damaging implications for their future.

 

“Every university, college, and even certificate program requires a high level of English, and any professional who wants to become a part of their international professional community and keep track of developments does so in English. So many people in Israel are held back because of a lack of English.”

 

To alleviate the problem, Cohen started an afterschool English skills enhancement program in Ma’aleh Adumim and surrounding towns. For the past 10 years, A.H.A.V.A has been running programs that have ensured that many youngsters who were in danger of falling behind were able to keep up with their English studies, and even thrive.

 

One feature of A.H.A.V.A’s program has been an annual Read-a-thon – a month-long campaign that has kids reading ten or even more books, in order to raise funds for the program. This year’s Read-a-thon kicks off this coming Thursday – and newly-arrived in Israel British rapper “Antithesis” will be performing to help get kids interested in the Read-a-thon and in A.H.A.V.A’s program.

 

Antithesis, who now lives in Tel Aviv, calls himself the “Zionist Rapper,” and has written songs on Israel’s survival, kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, missing airman Ron Arad, and other Jewish and Israeli subjects. He has sold thousands of recordings, and has performed in many venues in the UK, as well as in as well as in Israel, Argentina and the US. He also hosted Britain’s first Israeli music radio program, Kol Cambridge, which was nominated for a BBC Student Radio Award. The name, his website says, was given to him by a friend, who termed him the antithesis of a stereotypical rapper.

 

“Ostensibly, the Read-a-thon is supposed to raise money, but its real purpose is to get kids to read more,” says Cohen. “The contest aspect of the Read-a-thon – with kids racing to read more and raise more money – does wonders for their reading level. Studies show that when kids read at least 10 books in a short period, such as a month, their reading level goes up by a year. I can see from the books they read at the beginning of the Read-a-thon, as compared to the books they are reading at the end, just how much progess they have made.”

 

Antithesis agrees with Cohen on the importance of developing English skills, and was happy to lend his talents to promoting the after school program and the Read-a-thon, says Cohen, adding “maybe I can get him to write a rap on the importance of reading.”

 

Antithesis Interview on Tel Aviv Local News

In September, I was interviewed for the Tel Aviv and Gush Dan regional news bulletin. It was my first live interview in Hebrew so I was a little nervous but I managed to get through it ok without too many horrendous errors. For those who don’t speak Hebrew (or who can’t understand my accent), there are English subtitles which give a rough idea of the conversation. What you can’t hear is the entire crew roaring with laughter when I answered the final question!

Big thanks to the IBA TV journalist for securing the footage!