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JTA reports that an annual initiative will provide more than 50,000 secular Israelis with free Yom Kippur prayer services. The Tzohar rabbinic organization's Praying Together on Yom Kippur initiative organizes more than 200 explanatory Yom Kippur services in cultural centers in communities across Israel.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century, the initial Working Paper of the Lippman Kanfer Institute, lays out the case for change in how we do and deliver Jewish education in order to keep it relevant and effective in the 21st century. The Paper describes three core 'design principles' for the Jewish education we need: that it be learner-centered, relationship-infused, and life-focused. The Working Paper imagines what an educational system based on these principles might look like and discusses a variety of strategies for making the changes needed.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
Nathan Jeffay writes about seven descendants of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng in China who have come to study Judaism in Israel and rejoin the Jewish People. Kaifeng’s Jews are said to have been merchants from Persia or Iraq who made their way eastward along the Silk Road and established themselves in the city with the blessing of the Chinese emperor. The Kaifeng Jewish community was founded over a thousand years ago, numbering in the thousands; however the community disintegrated in the mid-19th century, with the death of its last rabbi, and those members that hadn’t done so already intermarried and dropped most aspects of religious observance. The seven men in Jerusalem are descendants of this community in which families retained a sense of Jewish identity and, in some cases, in a manner reminiscent of the Marranos of Spain and Portugal, clung to some disjointed traditions.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
Twenty-seven innovators and social entrepreneurs from twelve European countries and Israel have recently been welcomed by Paideia for its 5th annual Project-Incubator, a two-week intensive boot camp for projects dedicated to advancing European Jewish culture in action.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
In this post, Dr. Aster describes a second pilot of a Hebrew literacy skills class carried out during the 2009-10 school year at Yeshiva University for entering students with the very lowest scores on Yeshiva College's Hebrew Placement Test . On the basis of the experience acquired during the first pilot of the course offered during the 2008-9 school year, many changes were made in the curriculum and the pedagogical approach of the course. The results were a high level of achievement of the students in acquisition of Hebrew language skills.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2010
The educational curriculum in state-run institutions for this coming school year will include a new subject: Jewish culture and tradition. Initially, the subject will be taught in grades 6-8 for a period of two hours per week, and then expanded to additional grades. The new subject will include lessons on Jewish culture, the Hebrew calendar and 'the Jewish people's connection to the Land of Israel.'
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010
Adam Dickter writes about families in the NYC area who are fed up with having to fight the system of Jewish day schools to ensure that their special needs children get a proper Jewish education. They feel that yeshivas and day schools have been reluctant to expand inclusion or explore creative new ways of integrating special-needs students.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
In a summary post from the eJewish Philanthropy's Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times series, Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer of JESNA reflects on the great challenges facing Jewish education along with the great opportunities shown in the numerous posts which comprise this series.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010
In a post from the eJewish Philanthropy's Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times series, Eli Gottleib, Vice-President, Mandel Foundation-Israel and Director of the Mandel Leadership Institute, kicks in about growing Jewish education in challenging times, disagreeing with some of the premises of the ongoing debate.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010
Sue Fishkoff writes about the revival of interest in Yiddish and Yiddish culture among young Israelis which has led to the launching of a new Center for Yiddish Studies at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2010