Source: World ORT
World ORT has held the inaugural Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technology in Jewish Education in Moscow – a sign of the importance the organisation places on the teaching of Jewish Studies for the continued vitality of Jewish communities in and around the Former Soviet Union. The Seminar takes the baton from the Terry and Jean de Gunzburg Jewish Education Seminar series, which has concluded after a three-year run, and has been made possible thanks to the support of the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation. Nearly 30 Hebrew teachers from Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia were brought together for the four-day Seminar at Moscow ORT Technology School. They were joined by guest speakers Professor Igor Zyskin, of the Maimonides Academy in Moscow, and Dr Arye Olman of the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv.
“The participants can be divided into two categories: Israeli teachers working in local Jewish schools as the Israeli Ministry of Education’s contribution to the Heftsiba system, and local teachers,” said World ORT Chief Programme Officer Vladimir Dribinskiy. “We are addressing the needs of all Jewish schools in the region – religious schools as well as our own.”
Many of the participants were already technologically literate thanks to the de Gunzburg Seminar series. So the Kadar Seminars, which like its predecessor will be held in different countries, are an opportunity for teachers to focus more on pedagogical aspects.
Read the full account of the seminar at the World ORT website.