Section archive - Trends in Jewish Education
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The Covenant Foundation gave out its annual Covenant Awards for innovative Jewish educators Sunday night at the Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C., where the Jewish Federations of North America held its annual General Assembly. Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Director of Adult Education at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning; Rabbi Stuart Seltzer, Dean of Judaic Studies at the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore; and Nili Simhai, Director of the Teva Learning Center in New York are the 2009 awardees. Each of the recipients will receive $36,00 as well as $5,000 for their institutions.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2009
HaYidion, RAVSAK's journal of Jewish education, explores topics of critical interest to day school leaders, advocates, families and supporters. Each quarterly issue focuses on an aspect of Jewish day school life, unpacking it from a wide variety of perspectives, offering both theoretical frameworks and pragmatic approaches. The current issue of HaYidion tackles the theme of parents head on with meaningful articles and practical advice and recommendations in a wide range of arenas with an eye to strengthening the partnership between schools and parents.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School is proud to announce the online publication of Meorot - A Forum of Modern Orthodox Discourse. Formerly known as The Edah Journal, the journal has become one of the most widely-read and influential publications in the Jewish world. The Tishrei 5770 edition of the Journal is dedicated to Modern Orthodox Education.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2009
The twenty-first century has challenged if not shattered much of the prevailing optimism about the American Jewish future. Nevertheless, the United States continues to be the Diaspora society most welcoming of Jews and receptive to Jewish participation. Jewish renewal coexists alongside a larger narrative of Jewish assimilation. Jewish political influence may well have peaked, and its continuation should not be taken for granted.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
Some 40,000 Jews are estimated to reside in Mexico City, most of them European and Syrian immigrants, and they have constructed an impressive network comprising more than a dozen schools, nearly twice as many synagogues and a huge gleaming sports center. In recent years, Mexican Jews have made a noticeable effort to reach beyond the walls and develop closer ties with their non-Jewish countrymen.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
In this article, Jill Beloff Farrell surveys the literature on active learning to provide conceptual underpinnings, and provides both historical context and a look forward into the information age.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2009
JTS historian Jack Wertheimer, in a Jewish Daily Forward opinion piece, asks why a recent Israeli television advertisement lamenting assimilation in the Diaspora sparked a firestorm of criticism, given that 'there is a large kernel of truth to its claims'. It should instead stimulate a serious discussion on the relationship between intermarriage and assimilation and examine 'ways to build Jewish social capital and draw in disengaged Jews'.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
Plans for the foundation of a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) style K-3 school in Nahariya next year are well under way. The Leo Baeck Education Center, a prestigious Haifa school affiliated with the Reform movement, is planning to open a school to serve an economically disadvantaged area in Nahariya. The school will be an independent public school that will adapt the KIPP principles — intensive education, small class sizes, strong teacher-student ties and parental involvement — to Israel’s informal culture.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2009
In 2005, BBYO commissioned a survey by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), the leading researcher of teens, tweens and twenty-somethings, in order to better understand teen views on religion. BBYO has spent the last several years following teen trends and culling through teen research – both secular and Jewish. This updated report, a compilation of secondary resources, reflects the most recent findings. The report focuses on teenagers, while also providing information on “tween” trends to increase the understanding of this younger, pre-high school demographic.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2009
The financial crisis and demographic shifts are reshaping the Jewish community in ways we could hardly have imagined a generation ago. Historian and Brandeis University Professor Jonathan Sarna sheds light on what history can teach us about Jewish revival in uncertain times.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009