Aug. 31, 2010
Dear subscriber, 

MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains research findings, educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.

As the New Year approaches, we have included a number of resources that will help you prepare lessons for your students and deepen your own reflection on Jewish education. We have also included a number of items that give a picture of Jewish education around the world.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading and a year of spiritual growth, joy and well being, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

August 31, 2010 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
August 2010
Featured Items
Apples, Honey and the Internet: Teaching Rosh HaShana Using the Internet
MOFET JTEC - Jewish Teacher Education Community of The MOFET Institute is proud to present an online webinar in English without charge to the global Jewish education community with Dr. Elaine Hoter on ' Apples, Honey and the Internet: Teaching Rosh HaShana Using the Internet ' on Wednesday September 1, 2010 - 7:00-8:30 P.M. - Israel time (GT + 2:00)
Holiday Happenings – High Holiday & Succot Resources
Holiday Happenings is a fun holiday resource designed for parents and staff of the Union for Reform Judaism's Early Childhood Programs. Early Childhood Directors, Educators and parents will find creative and exciting ways to integrate Jewish tradition into the lives of the youngest students in school and at home. Schools are encouraged to distribute this as part of their ongoing teacher-parent communication and education.
Jewels of Elul 6 – The Art of Beginning Again
For the 6th consecutive year, Craig Taubman and Craig ‘N Co. will publish Jewels of Elul Vol. VI, a collection of stories and anecdotes for the Jewish High Holy Days. Twenty nine individuals, one for each day of the month of Elul, will contribute introspection on this year’s theme, The Art of Beginning.... Again.
MOFET's Online Academy Opens Registration for Fall Semester
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy has opened registration for the Fall semester of online courses whose main objective is to prepare teachers, educators and leaders in Jewish communities in the Diaspora for their mission. The courses, in areas that are suitable for educators and leaders in the Jewish world as well as students in universities and colleges in the fields of the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish subjects in the Diaspora, are taught via the internet, a-synchronously with synchronous components. The course developers and lecturers are all experts in their fields and senior staff members of Israel's top institutes of higher education.
Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century
Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century, the initial Working Paper of the Lippman Kanfer Institute, lays out the case for change in how we do and deliver Jewish education in order to keep it relevant and effective in the 21st century. The Paper describes three core 'design principles' for the Jewish education we need: that it be learner-centered, relationship-infused, and life-focused. The Working Paper imagines what an educational system based on these principles might look like and discusses a variety of strategies for making the changes needed.
Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times: A Roundtable on Critical Challenges and Opportunities
Leaders from a wide range of settings and representing a variety of perspectives were invited to address a list of cardinal questions dealing with Jewish education under current conditions of economic pressure in a roundtable series of essays that appeared over several weeks on eJewishPhilanthropy and on the JESNA website. Their analyses and proposals have been gathered together in this publication, along with the comments of readers to several of the essays who add their own opinions to the mix. The publishers encourage Jewish education stakeholders to use this publication to stimulate further discussion on the critical issues the essays address.
August 2010
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
China's Kaifeng Jewish Community Descendants Study at Yeshiva in Jerusalem
Paideia Launches 5th European Project-Incubator
Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century

Formal Education

Teaching Talmud in Moscow
Arabic Studies to Become Compulsory in Israeli Schools
Program Raises Jewish Identification in Holon Schools

Informal Education

FSU Summer Camp Blog 2010

Adult Education

Limmud FSU Nobel Prize Winners Festival Held in Jerusalem

Teacher Education

MOFET's Online Academy Opens Registration for Fall Semester

In-Service Training

Apples, Honey and the Internet: Teaching Rosh HaShana Using the Internet
JOFA Campus Fellowships 2010-2011

Education & Administration

GuideStar Israel – Online Database of Non-profit Organizations in Israel
Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times: A Roundtable on Critical Challenges and Opportunities
A Meeting of Educational Minds in NY

Israel Education

The First Makom Faculty Seminar Is Changing the Educational Landscape
Yesodot (Foundations) - After-School Enrichment Programs for Ethiopian Immigrant Children
Still Connected: American Jewish Attitudes about Israel
Jewish Agency and Genesis Philanthropy Group Hold International Summer Camp in Israel for Russian Speaking Youth from FSU and Israel

Technology & Computers

Nine Ways to Use Skype in Your School
Torah Tutors – Online Personalized Torah Learning
Experiments with Educational Technology
Brave New Tech World Awaits Jewish Education

Conferences & Events

2nd Annual North American Jewish Day School Conference
The 2010 PEJE Assembly for Advancing the Jewish Day School Field Announces Schedule

Learning Resources

Jewels of Elul 6 – The Art of Beginning Again
SiddurAudio – Your Online Resource to Learn How to Daven (Pray)
Hebrew @ Stanford Online Multimedia Resources
The Online Bible Quiz
The Academy of the Hebrew Language New Website
Holiday Happenings – High Holiday & Succot Resources
August 2010
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