Dec. 04, 2013
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.

We invite you to attend the following webinars free of charge. Sign up in advance and an email with instructions will follow your registration.
 
Learning beyond classroom boundaries: Incorporating mobile devices and adopting a global mindset.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7 pm IST, 12 pm EST,
5 pm GMT.
This webinar will be conducted in English.

From Life to Curriculum and from Curriculum to Life: Re-thinking Our Paradigms on Jewish Studies at School
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7 pm IST, 12 pm EST,
5 pm GMT.
This webinar will be conducted in Spanish.

Hoping that you are having a happy, enlightening and tasty Chanukah, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

December 4, 2013 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
December 2013
Featured Items
From Life to Curriculum and from Curriculum to Life: Re-thinking Our Paradigms on Jewish Studies at School – a MOFET Webinar in Spanish
This webinar, led in Spanish by Dr. Daniel Fainstein on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:00-8:30P.M. - Israel time. 12:00 – 13:30 EST – 5:00-6:30 GMT, will explore structural and conceptual issues regarding the status of Jewish Studies in Latin-American Jewish schools. Due to structural elements emanating from various sources, Jewish Studies have become fragmented and irrelevant subjects rather than a space for the exploration, experience, creativity, comprehensive study of Jewish identity and the dilemmas faced by young people today. We argue that if this issue were approached in a systematic manner without resorting to partial solutions, we could re-think a space for Jewish Studies and their function as framework for the construction of our students' 'cultural memory'.
The Shmita (Sabbatical Year) Project
We hope The Shmita Project website will provide you an opportunity both to learn some of the Shmita texts and begin thinking about how you would like your life, your community, and your world to be measurably healthier and more sustainable at the start of the next Shmita cycle. You are invited to join together, with excitement and anticipation, as we ask: What might this Shmita year look like in today’s world and how can we best prepare for it? How might Shmita hold the key to approaching the economic, environmental and societal challenges we are facing today?
Identical, Fraternal, or Separated at Birth: A Case Study of Educator Teams Within American-Israeli School Twinning
School-to-school collaboration has emerged as a key paradigm for fostering personal and institutional connections between Israeli and Diaspora youth, educators, and schools. Using the findings of a multi-year case study of a high school level twinning initiative, this article describes the challenges to this form of transnational collaboration and takes the first steps to articulating a theory of intervention of Israeli-Diaspora school twinning at the organizational level. The article suggests two processes, collaborative capacity and cultural competence, critical to development of positive and productive relationships in school partnerships. Institutional twinning is suggested as the goal of these interventions at the organizational level.
PJ Library Jewish Children’s Book Program Expands to Mexico
Over 2,400 Spanish-speaking Jewish children will be reading age-appropriate books in their native language this month, thanks to the expansion of the PJ Library program into Mexico. PJ Library is a free Jewish children's book program conceived and implemented by the Agawam, Mass.-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Through monthly mailings, it delivers the gift of free books and music to more than 100,000 children throughout North America.
Teaching through Personal Stories: Congregational Rabbis and Teaching Adults
As educators, synagogue rabbis frequently devote a great deal of time to teaching adults. Yet little empirical research exists about what they do. This study describes and analyzes the teaching of three congregational rabbis who have excellent reputations as teachers of adults. In particular, it focuses on how these rabbis incorporate personal stories into their teaching and examines the ways that sharing such stories is integral to their teaching approaches. Rabbis who use stories in their teaching potentially occupy a crucial place in the Jewish identity development of their adult learners. This study offers rabbinical seminaries recommendations for how to incorporate the results of the research into their curriculum.
December 2013
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Changing the Paradigm for Early Family Engagement
Book Review: Jews and Jewish Education in Germany Today
Jewish Educational Leadership. Fall, 2013 – The School as a Learning Community
Israel's Education Ministry, Ultra-Orthodox Schools Near Deal on Core Curriculum

Formal Education

Top Ten Questions to Ask a Jewish Preschool – a Kveller Guide
No Religion Is an Island: Teaching World Religions to Adolescents in a Jewish Educational Context

Informal Education

Overnight Camping at AVI CHAI: Deepening Connections to Judaism at Camp
PJ Library Jewish Children’s Book Program Expands to Mexico

Adult Education

First Limmud Mumbai Event Draws Jews from Across the Subcontinent
Jerusalem Limmud FSU Festival: An Unqualified Success
Teaching through Personal Stories: Congregational Rabbis and Teaching Adults

Teacher Education

Even Israeli Teachers in Excellence Programs Burn Out Quickly According to Recent Study

In-Service Training

A Jedcamp of Our Own at Yavneh Academy
The Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute Opens Registration for Third Cohort
Pedagogy Lishma: A Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers of Jewish Texts
From Life to Curriculum and from Curriculum to Life: Re-thinking Our Paradigms on Jewish Studies at School – a MOFET Webinar in Spanish

Education & Administration

The Covenant Foundation Awards its 2013 Pomegranate Prize to Five Promising Young Jewish Educators
The Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) Opens Second Round

Israel Education

Identical, Fraternal, or Separated at Birth: A Case Study of Educator Teams Within American-Israeli School Twinning

Conferences & Events

The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel - 2014
Hartman Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar 2014 Program
Tent - Encounters with Jewish Culture 2014
CIE/ISMI 2014 Professional Development Teacher Workshop on Modern Israel
Solomon Schechter School of Queens to host Jedcamp on December 18, 2013

Learning Resources

Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education Releases Peoplehood Education Toolkit
Sefaria: Easy Tool for Source Sheet Design
Taytsh, the Yiddish Book Center’s Site for Yiddish-to-English Translators
The Dah Bear Hebrew Language Program is Now Available as Android App
Chanuka on SMART Board Jewish Educational Database
The Shmita (Sabbatical Year) Project
December 2013
 
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