Feb. 05, 2014
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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. We have included a large selection of programs for educators, young people and others to further your involvement in many different aspects of Jewish education.

We are happy to announce a MOFET International Online Conference on teaching Hebrew as an additional language to diverse populations in Israel and around the world to be held on Sunday and Monday, May 10-11 2015. Among the presenters will be top researchers and practitioners from around the world who will focus on the challenges facing teachers, teacher educators, researchers, educators and policy makers in the field of Hebrew language education. Save the dates and sign up here to keep posted on further details. Pass this on to your friends and colleagues! 

Don't forget to register here for the Spring 2014 semester of the MOFET International Online Academy for Teachers. 

Wishing you a joyous Adar Aleph, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

February 5, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
February 2014
Featured Items
#JDAMblogs – Blogging to Honor Jewish Disability Awareness Month – February, 2014
February 1, 2014 will mark the beginning of the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month. JDAM is designed to be a unified initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. I will share a daily blog post throughout the month of February to help bring awareness to the significant value of including Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. I may write a “how-to” or share a success story, I will probably discuss an experience or two as they unfold, and I might reflect on a struggle or a goal not yet met. I may even introduce a guest post or two. And I would love for you to join me.
Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability
This Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability Greenbook is designed to raise the tenor of the conversation regarding Jewish day school financial sustainability and affordability by articulating the challenge, offering background information, and sketching a landscape of initiatives. The Greenbook may be read either from cover to cover or as a collection of independent chapters. If you’d like an overview of all the various initiatives currently in the field, work your way through the chapters. If you are specifically interested in an individual type of initiative, begin there.
Teaching the Legacy #31 - e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – At the Last Moment: The Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry
The 31st issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators has just been released. This year marks 70 years since the destruction of Hungarian Jewry. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry, which literally occurred at the last moment in the Holocaust. In fact, what makes the Holocaust in Hungary unique is that over half a million Hungarian Jews were murdered in such a short time, beginning in the spring of 1944 and continuing throughout the winter.
Israeli Kids Organize Winter Drive for Syrian Refugees
A group of Israeli youngsters are putting the politics of their parents and leaders aside and galvanizing to collect life-saving winter supplies for the freezing Syrian refugees of the region. Dubbed Operation Human Warmth, the drive is being spearheaded by the Israeli youth organizations Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed in conjunction with the social and education organization Dror-Israel, as well as Israeli Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization that was among the first on the ground in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Between Pluralism and Secularism: An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study
Rabbi David Kasher, Director of Education at Kevah, an organization with a distinctly pluralistic philosophy that seeks to bring traditional Jewish learning to the whole spectrum of the Jewish community, tells of his journey to Israel this past summer to meet with key figures in the schools and programs in which secular Israelis are today studying Torah – to observe them, to learn from them, and to reach out to them. At Kolot, Atid BaMidbar, ZIKA, the Beit Midrash at Oranim and Bina: The Secular Yeshiva, he discovered the ways in which his Israeli counterparts and he are clearly doing the same kind of work, though the unique characteristics of Israeli society make that work look very different.
Reflecting on the Moving the Needle Conference
Yesterday was the end of the three-day Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference in Los Angeles which I attended. In fact, I actually stayed on a bit longer speaking with Ken Gordon of PEJE and JEDLAB fame engaging in a very thoughtful conversation about Jewish education, its present state, its future and ways to move the needle (the theme of the conference) in our schools and the field. I could not think of a better way to end the conference as it was the personification of my conference experience.
February 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
It's Actually a Pretty Big Deal: Girls' Narratives of Contemporary Bat Mitzvah
The Kavana Cooperative in Seattle
Israel to Spend Billions on Initiative to Bolster Jewish Identity in Diaspora
Key Resources on Jewish Religious Education
Senior Reform Rabbi Sets Out Plan to Ensure “Continuity” of British Jewry
Enough Jewish Identity Already
Turning to Day Schools When Synagogues Just Won't Do

Formal Education

As Pew Study Raises Concerns, Invest In Jewish Day Schools

Informal Education

Havurah Summer Leadership Program for Teens from the Russian Jewish Community
BBYO Standup
Israeli Kids Organize Winter Drive for Syrian Refugees
Creating Internships — and Great Counselors Too - Dor L' Dor: College Style
The Tivnu Gap Year Program

Adult Education

Hazak (55+) at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Between Pluralism and Secularism: An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study

Teacher Education

Yeshiva University Is Now Accepting Applications and Nominations For Cohort IV of the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education

In-Service Training

GESHER Recruiting for Tolerance Leadership Course
Including Special Needs Students into a Limudei Kodesh (Jewish Studies) Classroom and Curricula – a Five Session Webinar Series
Ivriyon 2014 - Hebrew Immersion Program for Day School Teachers

Education & Administration

Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability

Israel Education

Diaspora Youth Arrive in Israel for Top-Drawer Tech Challenge
YU's Counterpoint Israel Doubles in Size
Israel Programs: The Case for Tel Aviv
Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew College Announce Hevruta Gap-Year Program

Technology & Computers

The Flipped Beit Midrash
Make Your Class a Test Site for jLearningLabs and Help Change Jewish Education

Conferences & Events

Great Jewish Books Summer High School Program
Limmud FSU to Commemorate Ariel Sharon in Belarus
Reflecting on the Moving the Needle Conference

Learning Resources

Teaching the Legacy #31 - e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – At the Last Moment: The Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry
#JDAMblogs – Blogging to Honor Jewish Disability Awareness Month – February, 2014
February 2014
 
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