Jun. 22, 2016
Dear subscriber, 


MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains Information items about educating towards Jewish Identity, teacher education for Ultra-Orthodox education, research on Jewish Summer camps, successfully integrating technology in Jewish education and much more, selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.
 
We are happy to publish an article by Ariel Tal about The Tefilla Project, his new and proven approach to integrate meaningful Tefilla in Jewish Day Schools.

We invite you to join us for the third summer meeting of MOFET's International Forum of Teachers of Hebrew as an Additional Language to be held in Hebrew at the MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Participation is FREE, but requires advance registration. For those of you who cannot physically make it to the event, but wish to 'taste a small bite' of it, you are invited to sign up here to the ONLINE session "Upgrading Practice: Form, Meaning and Use" to be conducted by Rachel Lerner Moore from Argentina. See the full program here

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable summer reading, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

June 22, 2016 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
June 2016
Featured Items
On the Origins and Persistence of the Jewish Identity Industry in Jewish Education
“Jewish identity,” which emerged as an analytical term in the 1950s, appealed to a set of needs that American Jews felt in the postwar period, which accounted for its popularity. Identity was the quintessential conundrum for a community on the threshold of acceptance. The work of Kurt Lewin, Erik Erikson, Will Herberg, Marshall Sklare, and others helped to shape the communal conversation. The reframing of that discourse from one that was essentially psychosocial and therapeutic to one that was sociological and survivalist reflected the community’s growing sense of physical and socioeconomic security in the 1950s and early 1960s. The American Jewish Committee and its Division of Scientific Research offers an enlightening case study of this phenomenon. Jewish educators seized on identity formation, making it the raison d’être of their endeavor. But the ascent of identity discourse also introduced a number of challenges for the Jewish educator—conceptual, methodological, political, and even existential.
When Bible and Science Interact: Teachers’ Pedagogic and Value Challenges in Teaching Religious Minority Students in Higher Education Settings
The integration of highly religious minority students into institutions of higher education poses significant pedagogical and value challenges for students and teachers alike. We offer a framework for analyzing such challenges, distinguishing between practical concerns, identity issues and value conflicts. By contrasting a deficit perspective to ‘Diversity as resource’, we argue that the latter enables teachers to utilize a collaborative knowledge model in class, surmounting some of the value challenges involved. We present the case of ultra-orthodox students (UO) in Israel who have recently entered the gates of higher education for the first time in this society's history.
Reforming Ultra-Orthodox Education — One Teacher at a Time
In November of last year, Beit Berl, a teachers college in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv in Israel, held a graduation for bachelor of education students. The ceremony was unremarkable but for the students it honored: All 63 of them were ultra-Orthodox Jews. They were the first cohort in a new program to educate better teachers in Haredi schools. Because Beit Berl is a secular institution — usually shunned by ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim — these men were pioneers of sorts.
As Camps Prepare for 2016 Season, New Greenbook Gives Jewish Funders the Big Picture on Jewish Camping
Jewish Funders Network has released a new Greenbook providing everything grantmakers need to know about funding Jewish overnight camp. Greenbook, Volume 4: Funding Jewish Overnight Camp offers a survey of past, present, and possible initiatives to extend the reach and effectiveness of Jewish overnight camps, and a menu of opportunities to leverage investments in the field of Jewish overnight camps. Topics covered include growing camps’ capacity; organizational sustainability; capital funding; affordability; leadership development; enhancing Jewish impact; and more.
Education in Civic Participation: Children, Seniors and the Challenges of an Intergenerational Information and Communications Technology Program
This article investigates an intergenerational information and communications technology (ICT) program that seeks expressly to enhance children’s civic participation by placing them in mutually educational encounters with seniors. Applying Devine’s model of the interrelationship among structure, power, and agency, it problematizes this goal by analyzing the dialectics of the power relations between seniors and children who maintain a technology-driven relationship. The data were gathered via qualitative participant-observation in two elementary schools.
From Altnueland to Tel Aviv 2016: Vision, Reality, Tomorrow
8We are pleased to announce that the World Zionist Organization is holding another professional development seminar in Israel in the area of Israel Education for educators from abroad who wish to enhance their expertise in the field and deepen their personal understanding of contemporary Israel. The seminar will run from July 18-27, 2016 (9 nights) and is aimed at educators committed to the importance of Israel in the development of Jewish identity who are working with ages 13 and up in both formal and experiential settings. The itinerary will incorporate a rich variety of interactive field experiences around the country, engagement with colorful Israeli personalities, and practical workshops during which particpants will have the opportunity to conceptualize curricula and develop lesson plans taking advantage of the wealth of materials available at the Herzl Museum and Educational Center and other lsrael-based educational institutions.
June 2016
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Jewish Education in the Age of the Rediscovery of the Soul
On the Origins and Persistence of the Jewish Identity Industry in Jewish Education
Reducing Prejudice and Promoting Positive Intergroup Attitudes among Elementary-School Children in the Context of the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
Speaking of Jewish Identity…

Formal Education

‘Students Get Bogged Down’: How Religious Israeli Elementary Teachers View Problems and Solutions in Bible Teaching
The Tefilla Project - A Creative Response to Educational Challenges in Tefilla
When Bible and Science Interact: Teachers’ Pedagogic and Value Challenges in Teaching Religious Minority Students in Higher Education Settings
Yeshiva Lab School to Launch Middle School for 2017-2018

Informal Education

Balancing Educational Practice with Psychological Theory: Lukinsky’s Study of a Bold Camp Ramah Curriculum
Voluntary Work with Sporting Activities for Jewish Children and Teenagers: Commitment to Inclusiveness, Jewish Identity, and a Future Jewish Life – An Interview Study
Families Marginalized by Disability Find Warm Welcome at Tower of David Museum

Teacher Education

Personal Professional Trajectories of Novice and Experienced Teacher Educators in a Professional Development Community
'Touch It Lightly”: Israeli Students' Construction of Pedagogical Paradigms About an Emotionally Laden Topic
Pardes Day School Educators Program – 2-Year Master of Jewish Education in Collaboration with Hebrew College
Reforming Ultra-Orthodox Education — One Teacher at a Time
Gratz College Announces Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Education, Jewish Communal Service and Nonprofit Management

In-Service Training

Building Communities of Inquiry: Philosophical Inquiry with Children - A Workshop for Teachers & Jewish Educators at Day and Supplementary Schools

Education & Administration

American Jewry at Risk: “A Time to Act” and the Prioritization of Jewish Education
As Camps Prepare for 2016 Season, New Greenbook Gives Jewish Funders the Big Picture on Jewish Camping
Lippman Kanfer Foundation celebrates 50th Anniversary by Launching New National Prize

Israel Education

The Subject of Israel Education is Not Israel
Challenges and Psychological Adjustment of Religious American Adolescent Immigrants to Israel

Technology & Computers

Announcing Sefaria’s Day School Partnership Initiative for 2016-7
Teaching Responsibility in the Wild West of Cyberspace
Education in Civic Participation: Children, Seniors and the Challenges of an Intergenerational Information and Communications Technology Program

Conferences & Events

The Jewish Early Engagement Forum at Hebrew College Symposium on July 13, 2016
Applications Open for Herzl Institute Summer Workshop in Theology and Philosophy of the Tanach
From Altnueland to Tel Aviv 2016: Vision, Reality, Tomorrow
Learning Blossoms: Global Day of Jewish Learning 2016

Learning Resources

Limmud Chavruta Releases Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Resource for Shavuot 2016
June 2016
 
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