Jan. 11, 2011
Dear subscriber, 

MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

As we send this newsletter before Tu B'shvat, New Year of the Trees in Jewish tradition, we invite you to view the cartoon clip Honi Comes Full Circle (A Tale for Tu B'shvat) from G-dcast and use their teacher's guide to study it with your students.

We also invite you to participate in our MOFET education community online activities: 

Teens and Technology: Understanding and Combating Unhealthy Tech Use – A free webinar with Dr. Paul Simpson - Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

Teaching Hebrew in the Diaspora: Problems, Challenges, and Directions – a free webinar with Dr. Luba Charlap - Sunday, January 30, 2011.

The Third International MOFET Online Conference: Teacher Education
in the Age of Globalization - January 25-26, 2011
with Prof. Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Dr. Curt Bonk, Haim Be'er and many more. 

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading and learning with our MOFET International educational community,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

January 11, 2011 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
January 2011
Featured Items
Vision, Leadership, and Change: The Case of Ramah Summer Camps
In his retrospective essay, Seymour Fox (1997) identified “vision” as the essential element that shaped the Ramah camp system. The author takes a critical look at Fox's main claims: A particular model of vision was essential to the development of Camp Ramah, and that model of vision should guide contemporary Jewish educators in creating Jewish educational excellence. He draws upon historical accounts and theories of organizational leadership and change to question Fox's first claim about the history of Camp Ramah and to offer an alternative model of vision to guide future leaders of Jewish camps.
Israel and the Jewish World in Jewish Education
The Melton Centre for Jewish Education represents the Hebrew University’s commitment to the advancement of Jewish education worldwide. For many years that commitment has included a focus on understanding and improving how Israel is taught in the Diaspora. This focus has seen expression in conferences, research projects, professional development programs, and curriculum development initiatives, all animated by a shared incentive to advancing the field of Israel education. In recent years, the Centre's work in this field has intensified in response to a widespread concern that younger Diaspora Jews are increasingly disconnected from the State of Israel. This intensifying work has, in turn, fostered insights, skills and institutional capacity at the Centre that is expected to bear on future projects.
ACTIVI - New Anthology of Russian Language Educational Materials
As part of its “Judaism Without Walls” initiative, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has launched a comprehensive online anthology of Russian-language informal Jewish education materials. The website is the internet companion to a 14-volume, 3,000 page compilation that includes programs, lessons, games, and activities for all age groups. Both were featured at a major JDC Jewish educators’ conference last month in Moscow.
Teacher, I Clicked Your 'Like' Button
In a recent online Hebrew YNET article, Tamar Trebelsi Hadad writes of the discussions held by the Psychological Counseling Service of the Israel Ministry of Education on the relationships between teachers and students on social networks such as Facebook. Alongside the pedagogic and personal benefits attainable by these interactions on social networks, most teachers are not yet aware of the problems which may arise from these ties. In order to make schools more aware of the issues involved, the Counseling Service plans to publish suggested 'dos and don'ts' for use of social networks by teachers.
JOFA Journal on Bat Mitzvah
Today, Bat Mitzvah is celebrated in some way in most parts of the Orthodox Jewish world. But how should a girl’s religious coming of age be marked? How should communities and families create meaningful Bat Mitzvah celebrations? Is the lack of a single model a liability or an advantage? Over 20 articles feature a variety of historical, halakhic, sociological, psychological and experiential perspectives on the topic in the Fall, 2010 issue of the JOFA Journal.
January 2011
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
How Hebrew Schools Are Turning The Corner
JOFA Journal on Bat Mitzvah
U.S. Jewry 2010: Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Population
Jewish Education and the Arts: Realizing the Potential

Formal Education

Development of an Early Hebrew Oral Reading Fluency Measure
The Return of High School Talmud Studies: Will be Recognized as General Culture

Informal Education

Vision, Leadership, and Change: The Case of Ramah Summer Camps
Europe and FSU Future Leaders Program

Adult Education

Registration for 2011-12 at Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies Opens
Limmud 30 Conference Begins in UK

Teacher Education

A Theory of Havruta Learning
Masa Israel/JESNA Joint Initiative Prepares Jewish Students for Careers in Jewish Education

In-Service Training

RAVSAK Project SuLaM: Study, Leadership, Mentoring
2011-2012 Museum Teacher Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Lookstein Center Webinar Archives
Hidden Sparks Without Walls, Spring 2011

Education & Administration

Avi Chai Gives $1.6 Million to Help Yeshiva University Support Jewish Day Schools

Israel Education

Israel and the Jewish World in Jewish Education

Technology & Computers

IAITE Chanukah Conference – 21st Century Skills
Teacher, I Clicked Your 'Like' Button

Conferences & Events

Moreh L’Morim - Ohev Shalom V'Rodef Shalom: Lovers and Pursuers of Peace
Pardes Day School Novice Teachers' Curriculum Workshop - 2011
The Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization - Northwestern University
JEA Annual Conference – From Sinai to Cyberspace: Exploring the Impact of Technology on Jewish Education
Annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education

Learning Resources

3,548 Library Lovers Celebrate Jewish Library Snapshot Day
ACTIVI - New Anthology of Russian Language Educational Materials
BBYO Build a Prayer
39 Melachot Shabbat – Online Educational Video
'Jewish WikiLeaks' Goes live in Jerusalem - Hundreds of Thousands of Pages from Jewish Newspapers from 19th Century to Present
January 2011
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