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Museum Architecture as Spatial Storytelling of Historical Time: Manifesting a Primary Example of Jewish Space in Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum (YVHHM) in Jerusalem is considered a spatial storytelling tool that successfully establishes an architectural dimension and thus displays, reveals, and interprets historical time during the Holocaust. The research method of this study is drawn from a case study of YVHHM and consists of a literature review of scholarship in museum studies about artifacts and exhibition techniques of storytelling.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
With a foot in the tech world and another in Jewish culture, the JCC in Palo Alto has transformed itself into a hub for local Israeli expatriates. Located on a sprawling 8.5-acre campus, the place known formally as the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has done what many mainstream American Jewish institutions are still attempting: attracting American Israelis, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, to programs at a legacy organization.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018
This article proposes a conceptual model of experiential multicultural museum education that delineates teaching approaches in multicultural museum education. It is grounded in the framework of conceptual research aimed at identifying and clarifying key characteristics and educational concepts raised by museum’s designers and educators. The analysis it presents is based on insights learned during the design of the Interactive Jewish Museum of Chile.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018
MOFET International Writing Competition for Students of Hebrew as an Additional Language on the Theme of "A Ray of Light in the Dark"
Every year before Chanukah, the International Forum for Hebrew Teachers organizes a Hebrew writing competition for Hebrew students on the subject of "Or - Light". This year, we decided to “shine our countenance” on a wider audience of Hebrew learners, also receiving works from students whose teachers are not members of the forum. In addition, the competition was held for the first time in cooperation with the Hebrew Writers' Association, and for the first time prizes were also awarded. The works were sent from around the world (including Israel), and the best were chosen by professional judges, members of the International Forum of Hebrew Teachers.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
“I had to live, breathe, and write my character”: Character Selection and Student Engagement in an Online Role-Play Simulation
This study explores the relationship between character selection and student engagement in the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT), an online and classroom-based role-playing simulation of a current events court case with Jewish historical roots. Analyzing students’ responses to three questions posed in an out-of-character JCAT discussion forum, we tracked indications of their different types and styles of engagement and how they were associating this engagement with their character roles.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2017
A new national project will explore the learning and growth outcomes of teen experiences offered by the largest organizations that engage Jewish teens in North America. The study, led by The Jewish Education Project and Rosov Consulting, will seek to gather data from as many as 50,000 7th-12th graders across North America.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2017
Registration for the US Chidon Ha’Tanach 2018 is live! Please make sure that your school completes the following link in order to ensure that you receive important Chidon communications over the course of the year. The Chidon has three divisions: a Hebrew Middle School Division, Hebrew High School Division, and an English Division. Private registration for individual participants is an available option as well.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2017
A unique summer camp welcomed Jewish teenagers from all over Ukraine in the hot days of August. Set up in the picturesque Karpaty Mountain region, the EnerJew Gan Israel camp provided over 200 teenagers with a “Jewish experience of a lifetime”, giving them a charge of energy, fun, and inspiration to take back home for the upcoming school year. Most of those who participated said they will now include a lot more “EnerJew” in their lives, trying to foster personal development, learning and getting involved.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2017
Moot Beit Din provides high school students with a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Jewish legal system and helps them hone their critical thinking skills by applying the ancient wisdom of Halakhah (Jewish law) to some of the most significant ethical issues of our time. Student teams are assigned a topic and collaborate to craft a written decision and oral argument based on rabbinic sources. The 2018 Moot Beit Din will be a virtual competition, with teams submitting written decisions and video recordings of their oral arguments to a panel of distinguished judges. There will also be a Q & A component in which teams pose and respond to questions about each other's oral arguments on a digital platform.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2017
The editors of the Journal of Jewish Education are planning a themed issue on Jewish summer camps. We are seeking research on day or residential summer camps that self-identify as Jewish camps. The focus of the research is to be on camps as a Jewish educational resource. The camps may be located in North or South America, Europe or Israel and serve a camper population from between the age range of 5-17. Research on educational staff at camp and camp alumni is also most welcome.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2017