Feb. 17, 2009
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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February 17, 2009 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
February 2009
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Partners in Torah: Judaism with a Personal Touch
Partners in Torah, affiliated with Torah Umesorah - The National Society of Orthodox Day Schools, is a cost-free learning opportunity for Jews to discover Judaism – its culture, history, and traditions – at their pace and their schedule. Jewish men and women who have an interest in Jewish study but who may lack the academic background, are matched, one-to-one, with a carefully selected personal Torah trainer or mentor for up to an hour a week of study and discussion.
2009 MOFET JTEC Seminar in Israel for Diaspora Community Leaders
For the third consecutive year, MOFET JTEC and Soul Train are conducting a special Leadership Seminar in Israel for leaders of small Jewish Communities from around the world. During the three week seminar, the participants will study, tour the country, and meet prominent Israeli individuals such as ministers, Members of the Knesset, Ministry of Education officials, leaders of social organizations, and much more. The group will learn and deliberate about issues and topics that are of interest and concern to small Jewish communities. These discussions between the participants and seminar leaders will be continued after the seminar using digital communications.
FSU Jewish Schools are Tossed a Temporary Lifeline
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $7.1 million in social support to supplement three Russian school systems as a temporary lifeline. Or Avner, Shma Yisrael and ORT have been facing dramatic budget cuts over the last months forcing cutbacks in their educational and organizational activities. The IFCJ funds will go toward social support, such as school lunches and student bussing. The fellowship has also pledged $1 million to help support Heftsiba, the Israel Ministry of Education arm in the FSU.
Transforming Congregational Education: Lessons Learned and Questions for the Future
This working paper, published by JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute, focuses on a broad scale, multi-faceted effort to rethink and re-imagine the educational work of synagogues so as to make the Jewish learning experience of children and adults a positive, engaging, and impactful one. It is based on a study of the work of 11 outstanding organizations and projects which have been working over the last fifteen years to improve and renew congregational education.
Teaching Biblical Hebrew
An audience-participation paper on Teaching Biblical Hebrew was delivered at The Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature held in Boston in November, 2008. Helene Dallaire, part of the staff of a three-year project on communicative learning entitled CoHeLeT, demonstrated a mock classroom setting of a first year Hebrew class in a seminary setting. The three-year CoHeLeT project has found that retention with the Communicative Language Teaching method is much better than retention in the usual grammar-based inductive or deductive method.
February 2009
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Jewish Education - Trends

North American Jewish Data Bank
Transforming Congregational Education: Lessons Learned and Questions for the Future
World's First Rocket-Proof Torah Study Hall Dedicated in Sderot
The Costs of Jewish Living: Revisiting Jewish Involvement and Barriers
Milwaukee Launches its own Congregation School Initiative

Formal Education

Compendium of Complementary School Change Initiatives

Informal Education

Compendium of Complementary School Alternative Models/Programs
Jewish Service Learning: What Is and What Could Be

Adult Education

Partners in Torah: Judaism with a Personal Touch

Teacher Education

The Lipper Internship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Israel Gov't Approves 'Birthright for Jewish Teachers' Program
Teaching Biblical Hebrew

In-Service Training

Helping Hebrew Schools Serve Special-needs Kids
Pre-school Educators to Travel to Israel for Exchange Program

Education & Administration

Pressure Mounts for Jewish Organizations to Merge
FSU Jewish Schools are Tossed a Temporary Lifeline
CAJE To Close Its Doors
As Economy Tanks, Schools Seek Survival Tactics

Israel Education

The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel
The Birthright Israel Program: Present and Possible Future Impacts

Technology & Computers

An Online Discussion of 'Jewish Education in the World of Web 2.0'

Conferences & Events

JTA Announces First Green Beanie Awards
2009 MOFET JTEC Seminar in Israel for Diaspora Community Leaders

Learning Resources

The Big Portal for Teaching, Learning and Assessment Materials
Virtual Beit Midrash Halacha Archive
Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust – Archival Sound Recordings
Voices of the Holocaust
The Jewish Online Lexicon (Hebrew)
MyKaddish – A Resource for Jewish Mourning
Eco–Jews – Traditions and Trends in Jewish Environmentalism

February 2009
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