Jul. 25, 2010
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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July 25, 2010 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
July 2010
Featured Items
Israel in Jewish Summer Programs
Aliza Goodman posts about Jewish summer programs that take a more holistic approach to Israel education; programs where Israel is woven into the fabric of the camp culture, where participants receive ample opportunity to engage with Israel from a variety of perspectives on a daily basis.
YIVO Online Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
Originally released in hardcover form by Yale University Press in 2008, the YIVO Online Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe covers 1,000 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe, with more than 1,800 articles on every topic imaginable — from religion to literature, and from politics to popular culture. This encyclopedia seeks to reflect all aspects of Jewish life in its variety and multiplicity. The YIVO Encyclopedia is intended to be an ecumenical work: nondenominational, nonideological, and nonconfessional.
Jewish Futures Conference
The Jewish Futures Conference to be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 in New Orleans at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America, will bring together visionary thinkers, passionate individuals, and inspiring presentations in a conference designed to shift the horizon of our thinking in Jewish education. The conference will provide a space to imagine, learn and engage in purposeful conversation about the future of Jewish education. High profile presenters, combined with up and coming innovators from the Jewish and general world, will each be given 10-18 minutes to describe their vision for the future of Jewish learning in the context of emerging new digital and social technologies.
Why Bonnie and Ronnie Can't “Read” (the Siddur)
In this article, Lifsa Schachter, professor emeritus of education at the Siegal College, shares some of her ideas on a range of questions such as: What are the best ways to teach Hebrew? What are ambitious, but reasonable goals for Hebrew language learning supplementary schools? What constitutes literacy? Her ideas emanate from the research literature on second language acquisition, as well as from her own experiences and experiments designed to make a difference in the domain of Hebrew language learning.
Israel to Introduce Revamped Jewish Studies Curriculum in State Schools
The educational curriculum in state-run institutions for this coming school year will include a new subject: Jewish culture and tradition. Initially, the subject will be taught in grades 6-8 for a period of two hours per week, and then expanded to additional grades. The new subject will include lessons on Jewish culture, the Hebrew calendar and 'the Jewish people's connection to the Land of Israel.'
The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators
The Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators invites NY area educators to apply to join their third cohort beginning in February 2011. The Institute offers congregational school educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a new vision for school leadership in a two and a half year journey that will address many essential issues of Jewish Educational Leadership. This program is open to candidates from all denominations in the New York, Long Island, Westchester and the greater metropolitan area extending to New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
It’s About Time: A Guide for Building Online Jewish Studies Course
In this post, Peter Margolis, shares his knowledge and experience by outlining what a Jewish educator should do in order to create an online or a 'blended' learning Jewish studies course. He reminds the educator that teaching is more important than technology, and while technology is obviously not un-important, it properly plays a supporting role. In order to build this course, the following are needed: a content expert, a course management system (CMS) and an instructional technologist or an instructional designer.
IDF Gives Cadets Taste of 'Cultural Judaism' in Tel Aviv
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is working to widen their cadets' perspective by having them familiarize themselves with the epicenter of Israel's secular experience: Tel Aviv. Participants in the IDF cadets course will spend a Saturday in Tel Aviv, where they will tour areas in the southern part of the city inhabited primarily by migrant workers and low-income families, along with parts of Jaffa.
July 2010
All Recent Items
Jewish Education - Trends
Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times: Seizing the Opportunities
Two Contrarian Thoughts about Growth in Challenging Times
Special-Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools
Israel to Introduce Revamped Jewish Studies Curriculum in State Schools
Teaching a Hebrew Literacy Skills Class at Yeshiva University

Formal Education

A Menu of Orientations to the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature
Why Bonnie and Ronnie Can't “Read” (the Siddur)

Informal Education

Some Stats on Jewish Camps
Raising the Bar: Re-Imagine the B’nai Mitzvah Celebration
IDF Gives Cadets Taste of 'Cultural Judaism' in Tel Aviv

In-Service Training

Avi Chai Grants for TaL AM Hebrew Language School Programs
The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators
National Middle East Language Resource Center Seminar for College and K-12 Teachers of Hebrew - 2010

Education & Administration

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gives $1.1 Million to the Jewish Agency for Schools in Former Soviet Union

Israel Education

Day School Israel Education in the Age of Birthright
Israel to Fund High-school Programs: Gov't, JA Launch Major Effort to Extend Funding to Youths
Jewish Agency Approves New Mission: Organization to Focus on Israeli, Diaspora Youth Relations
Jerusalem Challenge - Experience Jerusalem Community
Israel in Jewish Summer Programs

Technology & Computers

BJENY-SAJES is Searching for 3 Part-time Interns
For Hebrew Learning, The Skype’s The Limit
Israel Set to Open First Digital Archive of Hebrew Academic Journals
It’s About Time: A Guide for Building Online Jewish Studies Course

Conferences & Events

'Hakhel' for Schools – Jewish Identity Education for Israeli Government Schools
Masa Israel Leadership Summit
Jewish Futures Conference

Learning Resources

YIVO Online Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
The Wexler Oral American Jewish History Project
MAOR – Online Israel Learning Object Repository
jkuperman.com – Jewish Studies Links
July 2010
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