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Gratz Advance, Gratz College’s Newest Department Offers a Unique Combination of Online Educational Programs
Gratz Advance, Gratz College’s newest department, proudly offers an array of online courses for Jewish youth (5th – 12th grade) and educators. Our programs reflect Gratz’ long history as a pluralistic Jewish educational institution. We are eager to create programs for your population and have many models of partnership.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2016
“She’s a creep!” Well, everyone recognizes that as lashon hara. But many people don’t realize that an off-hand remark or look made by one of our best of friends can be lashon hara too. That’s why Torah Live chose real-life friend situations, to teach viewers the laws of Shmiras HaLoshon (guarding one’s tongue) for Chapter Two of The Lost Light. To do this, we created our own girls’ school, dubbed “Torah Live High School” by production manager Sharon Katz. The scenes were actually filmed in an elementary school in the town of Efrat. They illustrate how easily we can fall into the trap of speaking lashon hara, even when that’s not the intention.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2016
The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its third downloadable Chavruta study materials for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. The Limmud Chavruta Project is a fresh twist on an ancient tradition – a broad selection of modern and ancient texts, in Hebrew with English translation, for you to explore with a partner or group. These pages contain six sources which address the theme of ‘Offerings’ – exploring the relationship between intention and ritual, God and scripture, and the ultimate value of making offerings. Each source consists of either one or two texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
Teaching the Legacy #34 - e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – Witnesses and Testimony – Special Interview Issue
The 34th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators, has just been released. Historians, law experts, thinkers, writers, and artists have dealt to great length with the role of the Holocaust witnesses in research and in shaping memory. Presently, at this point of generational change, questions regarding the place of the witnesses trouble the survivors and concerns us educators and researchers as well: What will the world look like without survivors? Uncharacteristically, we chose to present a selection of interviews in order to examine the issue from different perspectives, and to that end spoke to researchers, academics, and educators.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016
The Rabbanei Batei Hasefer Website started out as a collection of material for school rabbis. In Israel most of the religious public schools (mama'd) as well as a few of the regular public schools have a school rabbi. The rabbi serves as a spiritual adviser to the school community, the students, staff and parents of the school. He is often coordinator or consultant of the Jewish education curriculum (Tanach and Toshba). Many educators were happy to share material that they prepared and the site quickly grew to include worksheets, booklets, games, ideas for activities and more, making the site useful for all Jewish studies teachers. Many individuals graciously forward folders full of all their worksheets on a given topic to share with other educators. In the past the 'Morei Hameah' (100 Teachers of the Year) award was given for developing the website for the benefit of the Jewish education community.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2016
The nonprofit G-dcast, which makes videos and apps for those looking to learn more about Judaism is about to release “Shaboom!” a 10-part online series of short cartoons for young children that teach Jewish values. The series premieres April 6, 2016. A few weeks before the debut of the first video, G-dcast rebranded itself with a new website and name, “BimBam,” a reference to the popular children’s Shabbat song. The name change and release of “Shaboom!” represents a major shift for the award-winning nonprofit, both in terms of the audience it is trying to reach and the vehicle through which it is trying to reach them. BimBam’s change in focus reflects a shift that has been happening increasingly over the past decade throughout the Jewish educational world.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2016
The recently launched TheIsraelBible.com adds gamification, Google maps, audio, video and interactive tools to a Hebrew and English presentation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The new mobile-friendly website stems from a print version of The Israel Bible published over the past two years by Israel365 and completed in October 2015. Its 20 softcover volumes include the entire 24-book canon (Tanakh, in Hebrew) along with original commentary developed by a team of 10 Israeli educators and tour guides.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
Hatanakh.com, Herzog College's 'Google for Tanakh', an innovative and comprehensive Tanakh website, was recently awarded the prestigious WEBI award for 2015 in the category of Online Learning. The Tanakh website was chosen by a team of experts in the field of internet and ICT for technological breakthrough and pedagogical innovation. The contest judges wrote: 'Herzog's hatanakh.com is a unique site, which provides comprehensive and experiential learning and a vast database of information in the forefront of technological development. The site includes innovative tools, developed to enhance the learning experience. This is an original and fresh way to expose one of the most important treasures of the Jewish people.'
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities. These events can occur during the Week of Remembrance, which runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah - Thursday, May 5, 2016) through the following Sunday. Are you interested in organizing an observance? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to offer a wide selection of resources featuring many themes and historical anniversaries that will help you find the most appropriate focus for your community.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
This Purim resource page includes almost everything you need to know about Purim: background information for the teacher, vocabulary, educational themes, activities, lesson plans, plays, and articles
Updated: Mar. 06, 2016