Feb. 10, 2016
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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 items dealing with Holocaust education, Jewish Peoplehood education and Yiddish education for adults as well as items dealing with innovation in Jewish education organizations and much more.
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy is offering online courses in the didactics of teaching diverse disciplines. The courses, which are held in a range of languages including English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic, are intended for anyone who has an interest in teaching – teachers, teacher educators, researchers, policy makers, etc. We are delighted to invite you to an Online Open Day with the heads of the various programs to be held in mid-February, 2016. Get details here.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

February 10, 2016 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
February 2016
Featured Items
The Holocaust: An Introduction – A Free Online Course
Registration is currently open for a free online course. In this new educational initiative, Yad Vashem together with Tel Aviv University, has created an online academic course on the Holocaust to be offered on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. The course, 'The Holocaust: An Introduction' will be launched on January 24, 2016 on Coursera. The course was developed by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research together with Tel Aviv University. The project is led by Prof. Havi Dreifuss, Head of the Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research, and lecturer at Tel Aviv University.
Teaching Hebrew in America: A Zionist Approach
In the Winter, 2016 edition of The Steinhardt Foundation's Contact magazine, Rabbi David Gedzelman, President and CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, advocates for the Hebrew proficiency approach to Hebrew language acquisition, an approach that emphasizes the mastery of Hebrew functional language skills in authentic contexts. It also emphasizes the primacy of oral expression over other language skills. He argues that an emphasis on reading reflects a Diaspora mentality or pre-State of Israel mentality whereas a focus on oral expression reflects a Zionist mentality in that it recognizes that Hebrew is a living, spoken language in the modern State of Israel.
Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0 Now Available
The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in collaboration with the UJA Federation of New York, announces the launch of Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0. The focus of version 3.0 is on concrete and practical tools for educators and community activists at large. These new additions will enable Jewish educational institutions and educators to integrate Peoplehood themes into the existing program and curriculum, and community activists to nurture collective Jewish responsibility in their communities; to teach and engage with Peoplehood, and in the process turn Peoplehood education from an abstract conceptual field to a practical and concrete discipline.
For the Love of Yiddish (in Israel)
In 1996 The National Authority for Yiddish Culture was founded to develop, nurture and enable the continuation of Yiddish culture. Five years ago, with the Authority mired in debt, then Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat appointed Dr. Sara Ziv, a respected educator, to chair the organization with the mission of putting the Authority back in order. Ziv studied Yiddish at Bar Ilan University before going on to do her doctorate, which dealt with Yiddish at the time of the early settlement of the Land of Israel. She also holds a second PhD in teacher training, and continues to head the International Channelat the MOFET Institute for Teacher Training, a nonprofit supported by the Ministry of Education. With the Authority’s books now balanced, Ziv says it is now going “full steam ahead in reaching for its goals and it has already made some impressive achievements.”
The Latin American Jewish Educator in a Transnational World
This new report provides a better understanding of the challenges arising from the new realities, and of the actions needed to meet them. It explores to what extent and in what ways a new global and transnational educational approach can contribute to increase the intellectual and social capital of Latin American Jewish communities in order to face the challenges of the 21st Century. The study uncovers whether, to what extent and how Jewish educators understand and contribute to geographical, socioeconomic, and demographic continuity and change. It also shows how educators express their perceptions of ideational boundaries and contents, of social and institutional networks, and of intellectual allegiance and creativity.
Technion Jewish Day School Challenge
For the first time ever, RAVSAK and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology invite day school students to participate in the Technion Jewish Day School Challenge by building Pesach themed Rube Goldberg machines. Inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine created by Technion students to depict the story of Pesach, the Challenge asks day school students to make the project their own. Teams of students from Jewish day schools are invited to enter the contest by submitting a video of a Rube Goldberg machine that completes the task of revealing a Seder plate. There will be two divisions of the competition: middle school (5th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade).
February 2016
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
The Latin American Jewish Educator in a Transnational World
The Sefer Center in Russia: At the Heart of the Ongoing Revival of Intellectual Jewish life in Countries of the Former Soviet Union
CASJE Blogcast Recap: What Cultivates Jewish Peoplehood?
For the Love of Yiddish (in Israel)
New Program Aims to Bring Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel into Tech Economy

Formal Education

Teaching Hebrew in America: A Zionist Approach
Jewish Educational Leadership. Winter, 2015 – Day Schools Grapple with Ethical Challenges
Jewish Educational Leadership Invites Articles for Spring 2016 Issue Focusing on Teaching the Whole Child
Teacher Diversity and the Right to Adaptable Education in the Religiously Oriented School: What Can We Learn From Students’ Perceptions?

Informal Education

Technion Jewish Day School Challenge
The Nitzana Educational Eco-Village
Camp, to Last a Lifetime: Reshet Ramah
Building a Teen Movement to Repair the World – On MLK Weekend and Throughout the Year
Jewish Youth in Texas: Toward a Multi-Methodological Approach to Minority Identity

Adult Education

Summer Programs, for the Yiddishist in You

Teacher Education

Applications Now Open: YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Cohort VI

In-Service Training

Pardes Seminar - Culture, Community and Conflict: From Text to Practice in Day Schools
Professional Development Resource for Educators: Join CJPE's New Seminar Series!
Personalized Coaching in Blended Learning for Day School Teachers

Education & Administration

How Jews Choose: A Study of Early Childhood Decisions Among Jewish Parents in Greater Boston
Day School Groups Merge In Big Educational Shakeup
Four Ideas for Engaging Families with Young Children in Jewish Life

Conferences & Events

How to Teach the Holocaust in Formal and Informal Jewish Education: A Free Yad Vashem Summer Seminar for Educators
Empowering Jewish Youth to Respond to Anti-Semitism
Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Opens New Center

Learning Resources

The Holocaust: An Introduction – A Free Online Course
International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27: Educational Materials
Educational Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Day
Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0 Now Available
Israel National Trail Now on Google Street View
February 2016
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