Feb. 19, 2015
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains new research findings, useful educational resources, up-to-date conference and event information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.

MOFET International is delighted to invite you to join the many colleagues who have already registered for the international online conference on teaching Hebrew on Sunday and Monday, May 10 and 11 , 2015 , between 15 : 30 and 24: 00 Israel time.

Join us in Israel this summer on one of our MOFET International Educational Leadership Seminars. The seminars provide a personal as well as a professional (pedagogical and educational) experience that enhances the sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish Peoplehood. 

When Adar arrives, we heighten our rejoicing.
Wishing you a merry and meaningful Purin!
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

February 19, 2015 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
February 2015
Featured Items
Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Are We There Yet?
Since February 2009, the first time the Jewish Special Education International Consortium members planned the first Jewish Disability Awareness Month, an increasing number of Jewish organizations and communities have hit the road, raising awareness about the way Jews with disabilities and those who love them have been practically invisible in Jewish life. As advocates and service providers, we members of the Consortium knew that Jewish organizations could do better than give lip service to inclusion.
MOFET International Israel Seminars for Community Leaders and Educators – Summer 2015
Jewish educators and community leaders, this summer you are hereby invited to embark on a fascinating and challenging journey into the realm of Jewish memory in Eretz Israel. This journey is a personal as well as a professional (pedagogical and educational) experience that enhances the sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish Peoplehood. During this journey, we will read texts and deal with dialogs of present, past, and future. We will tackle the question of the desire to be an inseparable part of the chain of Jewish generations (the dialog between past and present) on the one hand, and the desire to exert an influence on the education - and value-based moral thinking of the future generation on the other.
Shinui: the Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education Launches Webinar Series
As more congregations experiment with new, dynamic, and engaging Jewish learning opportunities, Shinui: the Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education is sharing insight and innovative education models to help communities across the country. Earlier this week, Shinui launched a four-part webinar series on various stages of a congregation’s “change process,” designed to help and connect agencies, staff, educators, and other individuals across communities. Each webinar is led by innovators in different communities and focuses on a concrete element of the change process.
American Yeshiva HS Students Get a Taste of Israeli Tech
The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) recently organized its first tech trip to Israel for Yeshiva high school students. Called CIJE-Tech: Journey to the Start-Up Nation, the ten-day program, which concluded last week, was the latest effort by CJIE to get kids interested in and excited about science and technology, helping them to prepare for the STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – careers of the 21st century.
Bible Belt Balabusta: Hands-on, Jewish Projects with Kids (for Parents and Teachers)
Bible Belt Balabusta is a website with a rich collection of hands-on Jewish crafts projects for parents and teachers to share with their children. Joanna Brichetto, aka the Bible Belt Balabusta, an experiential educator at West End Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Nashville, Tenn., aims to help kids and grownups spend time together making Jewish things. She likes stuff that is hands-on, attractive, non-fussy, cheap and real, and so fun no one realizes it's educational. The value is in the doing, not just the being done, and in the conversations and questions that happen along the way.
February 2015
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Overcoming Jewish Illiteracy
Two Educators in The Chasms of History: Divergent Paths of Resistance to Radical Oppression

Formal Education

Greening the Curriculum: Current Trends in Environmental Education in Israel’s Public Schools

Informal Education

Durkheim’s Sign Made Flesh: The “Authentic Symbol” in Contemporary Holocaust Pilgrimage
BJPA Reader's Guide: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs)

Teacher Education

Analysis of Signs and Symbols of Caring and Nurturing in Photographs of Female Teachers

In-Service Training

National Yiddish Book Center Announces Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop
Shinui: the Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education Launches Webinar Series
The 2015 Matan Institute for Education and Youth Directors

Education & Administration

The Need for Rest-and-Digest Philanthropy: Strengthen Jewish Education by Tending to Jewish Educators
Crisis of Affordability: The Value Proposition and Cost of an Excellent Day School
Covenant Foundation Announces New Grants for 2015
Getting on the Data Bandwagon

Israel Education

BJE Accepting Registration for Epic Israel Teen tour
American Yeshiva HS Students Get a Taste of Israeli Tech

Technology & Computers

Annual 2015 Israel Space Week Gets Underway

Conferences & Events

The Hagigah Ivrit: A Festival of Hebrew
MOFET International Israel Seminars for Community Leaders and Educators – Summer 2015
Shalom Hartman Institute’s 2015 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat (CLP)
Hartman Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar 2015 Program
JEDcampLA - Unconference for Educators who Work with Jewish Students
JustCity Leadership Institute 2015: A Precollege Program in Change Leadership
Nishma 2015: A Summer Of Torah Study in The JTS Beit Midrash
NRJE Mentoring Seminar and Collaborative Research Workshop for Emerging Scholars 2015
Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Are We There Yet?

Learning Resources

Teaching the Legacy #32 - e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – Lodz: A Topography of Life and Death in the Ghetto 70 Years After Its Liquidation
Celebrate Tu BiSh’vat with Shalom Sesame: Honoring the Trees
Bible Belt Balabusta: Hands-on, Jewish Projects with Kids (for Parents and Teachers)
Israel Clicks!
70 Days for 70 Years
February 2015
 
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