Section archive - Formal Education
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Ben-Avie and Comer describe how Jewish day schools and the Yale Child Study Center's School Development Program (SDP) share a common agenda regarding the aim of education. SDP, the educational change initiative founded by Comer, informed the design of the current study, which is an empirical exploration of how the climate of relationships in Jewish day schools impede or promote the process through which children forge a relationship to the Jewish people.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2008
The Knesset (Israeli Parliament) approved a bill establishing a new state school integrated educational system that would provide enriched Jewish studies for both secular and observant Jews. The law provides a framework to incorporate schools that follow such a system, alongside the existing state and state-religious frameworks.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2008
The “Masa el Hadrasha” sixth grade curriculum (in Hebrew) is applied in 250 sixth grade classes across Israel. The students embark on a journey on which they encounter their family's story, passing rites, their own identity and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah torah reading. Using all of these elements, they write their own Drasha (sermon) which they deliver at an impressive class-family ceremony.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2008
The Lookstein Center Day School Directory is an online comprehensive searchable listing of day schools in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and South Africa. The directory includes phone and fax numbers of the schools as well as links to school websites where applicable.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2008
The Heftziba Network – a network of formal Jewish education institutions in the FSU, managed jointly by the Israel Ministry of Education and the Education Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel is made up of 45 Jewish day schools and 180 Sunday schools. The Heftziba schools implement a curriculum of Jewish and Israel-oriented education with an emphasis on Hebrew language, Jewish history and Jewish heritage and culture.
Updated: Jun. 16, 2008
This report contributes to the growing body of knowledge about community Hebrew high schools. The insights included in Making Jewish Education Work: Community Hebrew High Schools are based on key findings from sources originating from JESNA and its Berman Center for Research and Evaluation. In total, information from 26 community Hebrew high school programs is included in this report.
Updated: May. 29, 2008
Franz Rosenzweig and the Elementary School Teacher: A Midrashic Re-Viewing of an Experiment in Adult Education
This article proposes to read events of the educational past not as history but as midrash. It juxtaposes an historical account of a watershed experiment in adult education (Franz Rosenzweig's Freie Judisches Lehrhaus) with an ethnographic account of a presently practicing elementary school teacher.
Updated: Apr. 09, 2008
A biographical account of the establishment and running of the Hebrew Arts School in New York by gifted educator, composer, and musicologist, Tzipora Jochsberger (1920-). Jochsberger's contributions deserve the attention of Jewish educators and artists who are looking to the arts to address the diverse needs of Jewish learners of all ages.
Updated: Apr. 09, 2008
EJSS is a large-scale study commissioned by JESNA and conducted by Michael Ben-Avie & Jeffrey Kress that collected descriptive information about Jewish educators in Jewish day and complementary schools. EJSS is an important first step toward creating a research-based portrait of educators in Jewish schools in North America.
Updated: Apr. 08, 2008
An examination of the application of a recent interpretive trend in the field of gender studies to the study of Talmudic texts as well as its potential role in the teaching of Talmudic literature in seminaries and Jewish day schools.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2008