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World ORT's Kadima Mada will be administering a unique distance learning program for children treated in Israel’s 27 main public hospitals. The program was established in 1993 by The Kav Or Association in two Israeli hospitals and has since grown to serve children in hospitals across the country. The new program has two broad primary objectives: to standardize the equipment and technology in the participating hospitals and to enhance the distance learning component by revamping the Kav Or website to make it into a ‘virtual school’ using videoconferencing technology.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2009
The Gandel Institute for Adult Jewish Learning, established by the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, offers study groups in Israel where adults can learn about Jewish culture. The Institute operates adult weekly group learning sessions all around Israel with an innovative sequential curriculum.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
Four-fifths of secular Israelis and more than half of Israelis overall define their knowledge of Jewish practice and Jewish heritage as mediocre or lower, according to a survey conducted by the Rafi Smith Research Institute for the World Union of Jewish Studies.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2009
More than 100 school principals and teachers, who completed the two-year TALI Educational Leadership Program between 2003 and 2008, were honored in a formal graduation ceremony at the Kibbutz Ramat Rachel Congress Hall on June 3, 2009. The TALI Educational Leadership Program is a course of study for principals and teaching staff from TALI schools all over Israel. Now in its ninth year, its aim is to create leaders who can bring Jewish studies, in the TALI spirit of pluralism and non-coercion, into their schools.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2009
Smart Education - The Interactive Whiteboard as a Lever for the Advancement of Education and Learning
On Thursday March 30, 2009, The Shaar Hanegev Middle School hosted a conference for principals and edtech coordinators of the Southern Region of Israel. The conference, sponsored by Kadima Mada - (Science Journey) and the Southern Region Executive of the Ministry of Education aimed to acquaint the participants with Kadima Mada's Smart Classroom Pilot Project which had been underway in 6 Israeli schools since 2008 in preparation for expansion of the project to tens of schools in the southern and northern regions of Israel during the next school year.
Updated: May. 03, 2009
The world's first Kassam-proof Beit Midrash (Torah study hall) was dedicated recently, in the presence of dozens of rabbis, students, parents and guests of the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot. The Yeshiva, founded in Sderot 15 years ago, serves over 500 students who combine advanced Talmudic studies with military service in the Israel Defense Forces. The roof of the Beit Medrash is made of 40 centimeters of poured cement to withstand a direct rocket hit. In addition, its windows are bullet- and shrapnel-proof, to protect the students. Sderot has been bombarded by thousands of rockets fired from Gaza over the last eight years.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009
As a result of rocket and shell attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israel's southern region and the beginning of 'Operation Cast Lead', 300,000 students have not been able to attend school. In settlements, towns and cities within a 40 km. radius of the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Education has not reopened schools, kindergartens and colleges since the Chanukah vacation break as a security measure. In order to keep the students in contact with their studies and teachers the Ministry of Education has provided a listing of online learning resources and activities for elementary, middle and high school students.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2009
Pursuing its goal to provide equal opportunities through education, 'College for All' identifies and locates children and youth at risk with high learning potential, and provides them with support and tools to enable them to realize their inherent potential and by encouraging them to acquire higher education and become leaders in their communities. The uniqueness of the 'College for All' program is in its comprehensive and systematic approach to the child’s world, its commitment to support the children for a period of 10 to 11 years, and the intensity of its activities.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2009
An educational program called Nativ is offered to Israeli soldiers and officers who are not Jewish according to Halacha (Orthodox Jewish law) during their military service. The program commences with a seven or eleven-week intensive course in Judaism to prepare them for conversion. After completing the course and being sent back to their bases, soldiers interested in proceeding with the conversion process are then invited to two two-week seminars, with a month off between them, before undergoing the official conversion by three rabbis of the IDF Chaplaincy.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2008
This article analyzes three curricula for the bat/bar-mitzva year of the public religious, Tali and public schools in Israel. It compares their views on gender and theology, and throws light on the intersection of gender, religion and education in Israeli society. It shows how the messages of the public religious and public schools serve to further hegemonic interests in Israeli society, while those of Tali serve interests of marginal groups. In addition, the article analyzes autobiographical influences of some of the curriculum decision made by the authors.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2008