Jul. 17, 2012
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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.

This issue contains a number of interesting articles which examine various aspects of Israel education. 

Participants of a recent MOFET International Leadership Seminar in Israel for educators and community leaders in collaboration with Classrooms Without Borders share some of their moving experiences on a blog, and a video clip. See how their Israel encounter touched and enriched them. 

The MOFET Institute's Online Academy for Jewish Studies has opened registration for the Fall, 2012 semester of online courses. Choose your courses and register early.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

July 17, 2012 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
July 2012
Featured Items
The MOFET JTEC Online Academy for Jewish Studies Opens Registration for the Upcoming Fall, 2012 Semester
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy for Jewish Studies has opened registration for the Fall, 2012 semester of online courses. The courses, in areas that are suitable for educators and leaders in the Jewish world as well as students in universities and colleges in the fields of the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish subjects in the Diaspora, are taught via the internet, a-synchronously with synchronous components. The course developers and lecturers are all experts in their fields and senior staff members of Israel's top institutes of higher education.
Providing Optimal Jewish Experiences: The Case of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
How do Jewish residential summer camps provide campers and staff with opportunities to learn and grow as Jews? This article asks: Can there be more to the camp experience than being socialized into the norms and values of a well-aligned Jewish environment? Based on a case study of the drama program in Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, the author proposes viewing certain camp experiences through the lens of optimal Jewish experiences.
The Top 5 Community Initiatives to Sustain Day Schools
Harry Bloom, manager of the YU School Partnership’s division of Planning and Performance Improvement, shares some of the work he is doing to help Jewish day schools develop active strategies to increase their sustainability in the communities of Bergen County, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland. He relates here particularly how he is trying to figure out how to leverage community power in these five communities to increase revenue and efficiencies. This work is generously supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation and local Federations and Foundations in the communities.
ORT Digital Technology in Jewish Education Seminar in South Africa
The latest Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technology in Jewish Education brought 30 South African teachers up to date with skills and resources which they can use to make Jewish Studies relevant and engaging for their students.
Russian American Jews: A Bright Spot for Jewish Peoplehood
The recent UJA-Federation of NY communal study provided some very surprising findings about the Russian Jews living in the eight county New York area. They experienced an unprecedented decrease in intermarriage, from 17% in 2002 to 13% in 2011, an almost 25% drop. Mordechai Tokarsky offers an explanation of this phenomenon, a unique experience called the RAJE Fellowship program.
July 2012
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
RealSchool: Self-Directed, Collaborative and Experiential Learning
Russian American Jews: A Bright Spot for Jewish Peoplehood

Formal Education

Jack Wertheimer, Ed., Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Book Review
Now Enrolling: Gateways Jewish Education Programs 2012-2013

Informal Education

Providing Optimal Jewish Experiences: The Case of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Ivrit B’Brooklyn - Hannah Senesh’s Hebrew-Immersion Day Camp
Chidon HaTanach - The US National Bible Contest

Adult Education

Chabad on Campus Expands Operations in Europe

Teacher Education

The MOFET JTEC Online Academy for Jewish Studies Opens Registration for the Upcoming Fall, 2012 Semester
Teaching Vision: Cultivating a Philosophical Disposition About Jewish Educational Practice

In-Service Training

YU Online Certificate Programs for Jewish Educators
ORT Digital Technology in Jewish Education Seminar in South Africa
Archive of This Year's Jewish Education Change Network's Webinars
An Online Learning Course for Teachers Interested in Teaching Hebrew Through Movement Launched!

Education & Administration

Sha’ar HaNegev: A School Fit for Heroes
Day School MATCH Program Reignited: Field Will Be Injected With $9 Million in New Funds
The Top 5 Community Initiatives to Sustain Day Schools

Israel Education

Virtual Jewish School Meetings
“Why Israel?” Re-Viewing Israel Education Through the Lenses of Civic and Political Engagement
Israel Engagement Beyond Hasbarah
Engineering Enduring Change: Learning What it Will Take to Transform Day School Israel Education from a Study of BASIS
Israel Sci-Tech Curriculum Making Impact at U.S. Jewish Day Schools

Technology & Computers

Israel Ministry of Education to Launch Virtual High School Pilot
Twitter Comes to Life at ISTE
Adult Ed Growing, At A Distance
iPad App Tells Story of Oswiecim, Home of Auschwitz

Conferences & Events

Bronfman Youth Fellowships Awarded for Program’s 26th Year

Learning Resources

Etzion Bloc Online Summer Bible Quiz – Book of Judges
Israel's Documented Story - The English-language Blog of the Israel State Archives (ISA)
Digital Sh'ma - New Notions of Torah
Moishe House Rocks: Three Info-Packed Vids to Rock Your Jewish World
July 2012
 
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