Aug. 09, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

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.

In this bulletin you will find an interesting selection of research items dealing with various subjects as teacher education and retention, innovative learning environments, creating green schools and much more.

In addition, there are items about professional development opportunities, innovative Jewish education curricula and summer camp activities.

We invite you to participate in a Hebrew language online webinar on Teaching Hebrew to Native Israelis Abroad given by Inbal Kelmer-Tzafir on September 10, 2017. For more information and registration click here.

Wishing you an enjoyable and fruitful summer,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

August 9, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
August 2017
Featured Items
Israeli Taxpayers to Start Funding 'Failing' Jewish Day Schools Abroad
The Israeli government plans to subsidize Jewish day schools abroad, which it has determined have not fulfilled their mission of strengthening Jewish identity and engagement with Israel. In the first phase, assistance will be extended to Jewish day schools in Europe and South America.
The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program
The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program is a unique middle school project that develops conflict resolution skills via the study of traditional Jewish texts. We help Jewish middle schools equip members of the school community to be skillful problem-solvers in social situations, active in the prevention of bullying and committed to creating a more peaceful world.
Kayitz Kef: Summers of Fun. A Lifetime of Hebrew
Nine Jewish day camps across the country are running a unique Hebrew program known as Kayitz Kef. Supported by The Areivim Philanthropic Group, in collaboration with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), ”Kayitz Kef” represents the fun process campers experience during summer camp as they acquire Hebrew without even noticing.
How They Teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools
Though Holocaust education is of critical importance in the world of Jewish Day Schools, little research has been conducted about it. The purpose of this paper is to answer some critical questions about how they teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools–the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Additionally, comparisons are made between how the Holocaust is taught in America’s public schools versus Jewish Day Schools.
Building Jewish Identity Through Engaging Video: A Developer's Perspective
BimBam (formerly G-dcast) is a Jewish media studio. Our creative team has worked on over 300 short videos and apps, and we have big league experience from Apple, Pixar, the New York Times, etc. Usually, people find us through our work—they don’t ask us too many creative questions beyond, “Can I do a part in a video?” That’s because they or their kids already love the programs, and it’s easy to see our track record. Our Judaism 101 and early childhood education videos have clear and easily shared metrics—high viewership numbers, great audience retention curves and accurate aim at the demographics we’re targeting. What we do get asked routinely is, “Since this is media, how can you know that you’re really having an impact? What proof do you have that video can build Jewish identity or literacy?”
Eight Judaic Studies Educators Graduate and Collaborate within the Online Judaic Studies Consortium
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) today announced the newest Online Teaching Methodologies (OTM) graduates for its Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). The graduates are all face-to-face Jewish day school teachers who completed the graduate-level OTM teacher training course to learn best practices for online instruction and learning. Having passed the rigorous four-week course, graduates will now collaborate with their peers to help develop and deliver high-quality online Judaic studies courses to day school students across North America.
August 2017
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Israeli Taxpayers to Start Funding 'Failing' Jewish Day Schools Abroad

Formal Education

The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program
“A Little Bit of This and Not Too Much of That...”: Is There a Recipe for Class Display Load Level in Elementary Schools?
How They Teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools

Informal Education

Kayitz Kef: Summers of Fun. A Lifetime of Hebrew
Musical Creativity in Israel’s “Junkyard” Playgrounds
Call for Papers - Jewish Summer Camps as Educational Resources

Adult Education

How a Jewish Learning Program Surprised Me

Teacher Education

Comparing the Effectiveness of Two Models of Initial Teacher Education Programmes In Israel: Concurrent Vs. Consecutive
Breaking Out of the Grips of Dichotomous Discourse in Teacher Post-Observation Debrief Conversations

In-Service Training

Eight Judaic Studies Educators Graduate and Collaborate within the Online Judaic Studies Consortium
Jewish Day School Leaders Go to Harvard

Education & Administration

A Relational Approach to Building Local Leadership in Jewish Early Childhood Education
Building Green Schools in Israel: Costs, Economic Benefits and Teacher Satisfaction
Temporal Withdrawal Behaviors in an Educational Policy Context
Conceptualizing the Role of Nonprofit Intermediaries in Pursuing Entrepreneurship within Schools in Israel
How Day School Teachers Perceive Their Working Conditions: A National Study

Israel Education

Young American Jews and Israel: Beyond Birthright and BDS
Israel Seminar Empowers Summer Teen Leadership
Diaspora Nationalism in Montreal Jewish Day Schools

Technology & Computers

Questions for Funders—Nurturing an Ecosystem to Embrace Technological Advances for Jewish Education
Connecticut Ezra Academy Implements New Approach to Learning
Characteristics of an Innovative Learning Environment According to Students’ Perceptions: Actual versus Preferred

Conferences & Events

Ascending the Mountain of Innovation to Plant a Flag for a Thriving Religious School Education
2017 Hebrew College Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference
Reflecting on CASJE’s 2017 Emerging Scholars Seminar

Learning Resources

Building Jewish Identity Through Engaging Video: A Developer's Perspective
Israel National Library Launches Digital Jewish Manuscript Archive - Ktiv
August 2017
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