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In June 2016, a seminar for kindergarten teachers from the Jewish kindergarten system in Pittsburgh was held at The MOFET Institute in collaboration with Classrooms without Borders. During the seminar, the participants experienced a variety of learning settings: visiting and observing Israeli kindergartens as well as other educational institutions serving kindergartens (A House in Nature, Bible House, museums, Ne'ot Kedumim); lectures and workshops on topics such as early childhood education in Israel, early childhood education throughout Jewish history in the Diaspora, Jewish identity in early childhood and the History of the State of Israel and its people. All of the above were accompanied by study-tours around the Land of Israel.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
The Joint Conference on Research in Jewish Education, a partnership between the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, the Network for Research in Jewish Education and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, was held recently at Towson University. With some 75 attendees (many of whom served as speakers as well) this gathering gave insight into the newest themes of trending research that have not yet been shared with the broader community. What is abundantly clear is that those in the trenches of research are strongly passionate about exploring the trends in Jewish education that will benefit our communities in the coming years. While practitioners (Program Directors/Principals and Clergy, for example) are aware of the struggles facing Jewish Education, researchers are confirming what is occurring and providing research with answers and insights.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2016
The inaugural “Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service” will be held in New York September 15, 2016, bringing together a diverse group of professionals, social entrepreneurs, current and prospective funders, Jewish educators, and others working to engage people – especially Jewish millennials – in meaningful service through a Jewish lens. Speakers and sessions will explore innovations in service, how service relates to justice, how service relates to faith, the funding of service initiatives, and the overall state of the Jewish service field today. Presenters and session facilitators will include both Jewish and non-Jewish educators, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, and others who are both committed to service and have successes and challenges to share. The Summit will be followed the next day with a day of Service opportunities.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
On Sunday, November 20, 2016, Jews around the globe will unite “under the same sky.” The Aleph Society invites your community to register (it’s free!) and join us. We will examine Jewish texts to explore nature and nurturing, ecology and the environment, cycles and seasons. Over 500 communities have joined past Global Day activities worldwide, drawing participants from every point on the religious, communal and ethnic spectrum. Under the aegis of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, over 35 national and international groups are co-sponsors of the Global Day, together with the Aleph Society.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
8We are pleased to announce that the World Zionist Organization is holding another professional development seminar in Israel in the area of Israel Education for educators from abroad who wish to enhance their expertise in the field and deepen their personal understanding of contemporary Israel. The seminar will run from July 18-27, 2016 (9 nights) and is aimed at educators committed to the importance of Israel in the development of Jewish identity who are working with ages 13 and up in both formal and experiential settings. The itinerary will incorporate a rich variety of interactive ﬁeld experiences around the country, engagement with colorful Israeli personalities, and practical workshops during which particpants will have the opportunity to conceptualize curricula and develop lesson plans taking advantage of the wealth of materials available at the Herzl Museum and Educational Center and other lsrael-based educational institutions.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem is pleased to announce an intensive summer Workshop in Theology and Philosophy of the Tanach for rabbis and Jewish educators to be held in Jerusalem, August 1-4, 2016. The Herzl Institute Tanach Education Workshop is for rabbis and educators teaching Tanach in adult education, campus or high school settings. The workshop will be conducted in English. Hebrew proficiency is required.
Updated: May. 26, 2016
Now is the time to seize the momentum of Jewish early engagement and provide consistent programming for Jewish families across the nation. Many of our young adults have benefited from national Jewish camping initiatives and the national Taglit Birthright program, and have started to solidify their Jewish identity. As our young adults marry and start to raise families, we must continue to help them using a national approach with the task of creating a Jewish home and raising Jewishly identifying children if we want to ensure the future of the American Jewish community. One possibility for the Jewish community today is to determine how best to share our locally successful strategies of Jewish early engagement to even out the field so that regions that are not as successful can benefit from localized success in early engagement. The Jewish Early Engagement Forum (JEEF) has been established by Rachel Raz of the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew College. JEEF builds upon conversations spanning two years about how to enable the architecture of a nationally uniform early engagement strategy for the American Jewish Community.
Updated: May. 26, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the registration form for the 2016 Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference has been posted. The 30th Annual Conference will be held from June 14-16, 2016, at Towson University, in Maryland. Held in collaboration with the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to engage with educational phenomena in all their manifestations, settings, and contexts, and to place our engagements with Jewish education in broader scholarly and social contexts, in an effort to continue challenging and advancing our field.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
The Shalom Hartman Institute’s 2016 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat (CLP), which draws more than 100 Jewish community leaders from North America to the Institute's Jerusalem campus every summer, is scheduled to be held June 28 – July 5, 2016. The theme for 2016 will be ' What is a Jew: Dilemmas of Identity in the 21st Century.' Join us for an unforgettable journey of study and discovery as we grapple with the challenges and explore the opportunities of 21st century Jewish identity.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016
Jewish educators and Jewish educational policy makers often use the language of transformation when describing the effects of programs. We aim for more than just cognitive achievement; we want our programs to make a meaningful, lasting difference in the lives of the participants. But the language of transformation needs to be explored more critically. What do we really mean, when we talk about transformative Jewish education? How do we think that transformation occurs? What does it look like when it happens? There are many pockets of excellence across the Jewish educational landscape – but for the most part, those examples remain isolated and hidden. The best and most creative educational work is neither visible nor documented, so no one outside these programs is learning from them. This conference was a step towards improving that situation by bringing together some of those programs, and creating an opportunity for leading educators to study them systematically.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016