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Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week reacts to a new study of day school students’ attitudes about Israel presented by Alex Pomson at The North American Jewish Day School Conference in Los Angeles last week. The study found that many of the 43 U.S. high school juniors interviewed by a research team from the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University were somewhat doubtful of their schools’ attempts to convince them of certain pro-Israel points of view. They frequently criticized the schools and teachers of being biased.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2011
The Covenant Foundation is currently inviting applications for the 2011 Covenant Grants that focus on cultivating excellent, effective, and creative Jewish education in North America. Because it believes that education occurs in all settings and environments, The Covenant Foundation defines formal and informal Jewish education in its broadest possible terms, funding early childhood, youth, family, and adult Jewish education across all denominations and in all settings.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2011
The Jewish Women's Archive has announced the launch of the gender inclusive civil rights module of Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice Education Project. Developed for educators of 8th-12th grade students in a variety of formal and informal Jewish education settings (including supplementary schools, day schools, service learning projects, and retreats), it includes 16 lesson plans, all available online, free of charge, in an innovative online interface making it clear and easy to use.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2010
An intergenerational group of Jewish educators has issued a call to the grassroots membership of the Jewish educational community to re-establish the pluralistic network that was CAJE under the name NewCAJE – New Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education. The new organization will incorporate the core CAJE values of pluralism, shared teaching and learning, and immersion in Torah l’shema. Operationally, it will be volunteer-led and supported by its grassroots constituency. Money initially raised will go to buy the intellectual property of the former organization, to outreach to the next generation of Jewish educators, and to produce the next conference.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2009
This summer a group of youths from the North American Russian Jewish community attended the two-week (July 19-Aug. 3, 2009) Havurah camping program at Camp Tel Yehudah at Barryville, N.Y. The 9th to 11th graders participated in various fun and educational activities in close contact with other campers at the Young Judea national senior leadership camp. Through a variety of innovative informal educational and recreational experiences, Havurah participants were provided an opportunity to explore and deepen their relationships with Israel, Jewish traditions, and Jewish culture and identity. The special educational curriculum tailored to the needs of Havurah’s teenage participants was developed by JAFI educators.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009
The authors report results from a study designed to address three questions:1) How broad-based is alienation from Israel among young American Jews?2) Can the gap in support for Israel between younger and older American Jews be explained as a (temporary) life-cycle phenomenon? 3) Are the age-related variations related, as many believe, to political (i.e., left-of-center) orientations? Or are other factors more critical? The authors find that these trends are related more to age-cohort (year of birth) than to stage of life. But the authors find no evidence to suggest that political affiliation is related to alienation from Israel among young American Jews.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
The twenty-first century has challenged if not shattered much of the prevailing optimism about the American Jewish future. Nevertheless, the United States continues to be the Diaspora society most welcoming of Jews and receptive to Jewish participation. Jewish renewal coexists alongside a larger narrative of Jewish assimilation. Jewish political influence may well have peaked, and its continuation should not be taken for granted.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009
More than 400 young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans gathered in force at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, NY on Aug. 9, 2009 for 'A Taste of Limmud: 150 Years of Shalom Aleichem', a unique day of education, community-building, networking and entertainment designed to enhance and strengthen Jewish identity, involvement and community leadership.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
The financial crisis and demographic shifts are reshaping the Jewish community in ways we could hardly have imagined a generation ago. Historian and Brandeis University Professor Jonathan Sarna sheds light on what history can teach us about Jewish revival in uncertain times.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2009
Lookstein Center's Remote Teacher Program addresses a current challenge facing Jewish education: the dearth of quality Jewish Studies teachers in small, isolated North American communities. The program gives these schools the opportunity to hire master Jewish Studies teachers residing in Israel. Using video conferencing technology, which allows for simultaneous audio and video broadcasting, the teachers in Israel teach full courses in North American schools. The program can still accommodate two more schools during the coming school year.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009