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To assess American Jewish views about Israel, a survey was conducted in June 2010, beginning two weeks after the Gaza flotilla incident, of more than 1,200 individuals who were identified as Jewish in a large national panel. The survey explores American Jewish attachment to Israel, in particular in the younger generation. The findings of the present study challenge the view of a widening schism between American Jews and Israel. A majority of American Jews feels attached to Israel and the overall level of attachment has remained stable for nearly a quarter of a century.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
Over the last years, many new learning technologies have been developed and incorporated into many teaching frameworks by lecturers and teachers. To benefit from these developments, an Israeli national learning objects database has been established, entitled MAOR: Meta-data and Object Repository. The database is accessible to all the institutions where teaching takes place, includes diverse and accessible learning objects, and provides tools for searching and locating objects to be used in learning frameworks. Content developers' and users' evaluations of the learning objects which can assist users to integrate the relevant objects into their study programs and lesson plans are also included in the database.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2010
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.'
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010
Panim for Jewish Renaissance in Israel will be holding a 'Hakhel for Schools', to give principals and teachers from state elementary and high schools all over Israel the chance to become acquainted with the variety of approaches within pluralistic Judaism and with Jewish pluralistic organizations, as well as the tools, teaching methods, and government budgets available for education towards Jewish, Israeli, and democratic identity. It also provides an excellent opportunity for the organizations involved in Jewish pluralistic renewal to market themselves and make connections with educators from participating schools. This year's conference will be held on June 24, 2010 at The Levinsky Teacher's College in Tel Aviv.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010
Sue Fishkoff writes about the revival of interest in Yiddish and Yiddish culture among young Israelis which has led to the launching of a new Center for Yiddish Studies at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2010
JTA correspondent Dina Kraft, writes about a new curriculum being introduced into Israeli high schools. Over the last 60 years, there has been scant study of contemporary Jewish life in America, even though the Jews of America may be the largest Jewish community in the Diaspora. Signaling the beginning of a shift in direction, 11th- and 12th-graders preparing for the national history matriculation exam this year for the first time were required to study a unit on American Jewry's contribution to the Jewish people after the Holocaust.
Updated: May. 30, 2010
After decades of success in holistic education of at-risk Israeli youth, the staff of the Yemin Orde Youth Village in northern Israel has set up an organization to take their model to other residential institutions for at-risk children. The team of the Yemin Orde Initiatives is training the management and staff at five other youth villages in the ethos that they believe is responsible for this success. In addition to the work in Israel, some Yemin Orde graduates are training staff and management at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, a project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Updated: May. 02, 2010
Israel Education Ministry introduces new version of geography matriculation exam which will see students use Google's aerial and satellite footage. Israeli high school students taking the upcoming geography matriculation exam will be allowed to use Google Earth instead of an old fashioned atlas.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2010
A new program for recruiting bright young college graduates to the teaching profession has been launched by the Israel Ministry of Education along with JDC Israel and Hakol Hinuch, the Movement for the Advancement of Education in Israel. Recent college graduates will be recruited to begin teaching in the 2010-2011 school year after an intensive summer course. They will continue their teacher training and mentoring while teaching an 80% work load, receiving their teaching certificates at the end of the first year of the program.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2010
Philosophical Approaches of Religious Jewish Science Teachers Toward the Teaching of ‘Controversial’ Topics in Science
This research examines the problems that religious Jewish science teachers in Israeli high schools have in coping with science subjects (such as geological time) which conflict with their religious beliefs. This was done by characterizing the philosophical approaches within Judaism that such teachers have adopted for dealing with such controversy. Results indicated that no single philosophical approach earned overwhelming support from the teachers or scientists.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010