Jan. 22, 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 a number of items examining the philosophy of Jewish education along with items describing some visionary Jewish learning initiatives and much more.
We would like to bring to your attention that registration for the second semester of studies at The MOFET Institute's Online Academy (March-June, 2015) has commenced. The Online Academy offers full study programs in the fields of "Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language" and "Information and Communication Technologies in Education". In addition to these programs, the Academy offers a selection of enrichment courses in English in the fields of "Teaching Jewish Studies" and "Teaching English as a Foreign Language", as well as a set of courses that are held in Spanish.
Mofet International is also offering an online four-session seminar on "Aspects and Tools for Collaborative Learning on the Internet" in February for anyone who is keen to enrich his/her knowledge of the methods and tools of online education. Get more details here.

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The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

January 22, 2015 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
January 2015
Featured Items
Rosenak Teaching Jewish Values
Rosenak’s Teaching Jewish Values (1986) is perhaps his most accessible book about Jewish education. After diagnosing the “diseases” of Jewish education, he endorses “teaching Jewish values” as the curricular strategy most likely to succeed given the chasm which divides traditional Jewish subject matter and the milieu in which Jewish education takes place—e.g., the values of home and peer group. A close analysis of the book reveals cracks in his commitment to Jewish values, and I explore alternatives to values education he himself presents, such as acquisition of norms or learning the “language of being Jewish.”
Israelis from across the Political and Religious Spectrum Join a National Conversation about the Tanakh, on the Website 929
Launched over Hanukkah, 929 is a $12 million Israeli initiative to turn the Tanakh into a national conversation. Drawing its name from the 929 chapters of the Hebrew Bible, the project aims to get hundreds of thousands of Israelis from all walks of life to complete the corpus over three-and-a-half years by covering five chapters a week. The hub of the enterprise is its state-of-the-art website, where readers can find commentary from a wide array of contributors, from celebrated secular authors like Etgar Keret and A.B. Yehoshua, to spiritual leaders like ultra-Orthodox former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and progressive trailblazer Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum.
The Israelis and the Jewish People Conference
The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education in collaboration with Beit Hatfutsot is convening a conference on The Israelis and the Jewish People. The conference, to be held at Beit Hatfutsot on February 9th 2015, will address the Challenges of Peoplehood in Israeli Society – from Vision to Practice and is anticipated to attract 200 participants.
Eleven Hundred French Jewish High School Students Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem
Eleven hundred high school seniors from twenty-five Jewish schools across France celebrated the third night of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 18, 2014) in Jerusalem. Participants enjoyed performances by Israeli singer-songwriter Yonatan Razel and IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, accompanied by the IDF Rabbinate Troupe. Bac Bleu Blanc (“High School Seniors in Blue and White”) is a program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel, with the support of Keren Hayesod-UIA, that brings French Jewish high school seniors to Israel on a one-week educational trip every winter.
Whatever Happened to Hebrew Day Schools?
Since the end of the summer, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two day-long meetings dealing with Hebrew in day schools and other parts of our Jewish educational system. Both meetings, though forward-looking in their focus, reflected what seemed to be a shared sense among participants that Hebrew language learning and teaching—despite some notable bright spots—generally faces an uphill struggle in our schools. The problem is not one of lack of good curricula or pedagogic knowledge, though there certainly are concerns about finding and preparing an adequate supply of capable teachers. Rather, again and again, participants in the conversations pointed to a “crisis of confidence and commitment”: the lack of a clear sense of purpose and growing questioning from parents, students and even school leadership as to whether the time and energy devoted to teaching Hebrew could be better spent elsewhere.
January 2015
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak: Surprising Similarities and Illuminating Differences
What Work Do the Concepts of “Language” and “Literature” Do for Michael Rosenak?
Rosenak Teaching Jewish Values
How Do We Tell Our Children About Anti-Semitism?
Identity and Inter Religious Understanding in Jewish Schools in England
Gleanings: Social-Emotional Learning

Formal Education

In Jerusalem, a School for Ultra-Orthodox Who Don’t Quite Fit In
Whatever Happened to Hebrew Day Schools?

Informal Education

Challah for Hunger
Jewish Disaster Response Corps
Jewish Student Connection

Adult Education

Young Russians Seen Edging Closer To Jewish Community

In-Service Training

YU School Partnership Online Professional Development Modules
Applications for the Hidden Sparks 2015 Internal Coach Program Now Being Accepted!
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators Offers Two Opportunities for Day School Judaic Studies Teachers in North America

Education & Administration

HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Mission and Vision
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Money Matters

Israel Education

Eleven Hundred French Jewish High School Students Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Mayor Announces Launch of Jerusalem Unity Prize

Technology & Computers

Tablets Let Bedridden Kids ‘Attend’ School in Israel
Jewish Teen’s Website a Hi-Tech Spin on Community Service
A New Way of Looking at Holocaust Education

Conferences & Events

More than 800 Russian-Speaking Israelis Gathered at Kibbutz Ginosar for Limmud FSU Kinneret
Historian Deborah Lipstadt, Best-Selling Author Ari Shavit and Hollywood Comic Avi Liberman to Join Thousands at Limmud Conference 2014
Network for Research in Jewish Education 2015 Conference – Call for Proposals
Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, WUJS Concludes Successful Congress
The Israelis and the Jewish People Conference

Learning Resources

New Online Learning Center Launched to Enhance Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Synagogue Programs
The Online Bible Quiz
Israelis from across the Political and Religious Spectrum Join a National Conversation about the Tanakh, on the Website 929
January 2015
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