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One ongoing lament among day school educators is the inability to successfully teach Hebrew language skills to the students in their schools. Ivrit be-Ivrit instruction, once commonplace in many day schools in North America and across the globe, is in use less and less frequently. Even schools that were once bastions of Hebrew language instruction are begun to despair about its effectiveness. This issue was revisited recently when the new chairman of the Jewish Agency called for Israel to devote resources to teach Hebrew to Jews around the world. This topic has been discussed on Lookjed a number of times.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2019
In the beginning — November 2014 — Benny Lau, a Modern Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem, taught the first chapter of Genesis. More than three years and 929 chapters later, he’s starting it all again on Sunday. But this time in English as well. “I want to give the Bible back to the people,” Lau told The Times of Israel recently. “For too long it has been held captive by the yeshivas and universities. It was lost from the rest of the nation and I want to return it to them.”
Updated: Jul. 17, 2018
Welcome to the June 2018 The Jewish Educator, containing artcles written by your colleagues. For this issue, we asked for articles on the following topics: 1. As we approach the High Holidays and new beginnings, share changes and exciting ideas you institute in your classroom, in your professional development, or in the climate of your school. 2. With today’s overprogrammed students and overcommitted families, share creative ways of keeping children, with the support of their families, in school and engaged in the learning process.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
Aliza Rosenbaum has been teaching Judaic Subjects to seventh and eighth grade students at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Il for seven years. She has spent much of that time experimenting in her classroom in the hopes of developing the most effective ways to teach and work with her students. In 2017, she applied for the Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative to see what might happen when Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) goes digital.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2018
This year Herzog College is expanding its Yemei Iyun (July 15-19, 2018) offerings, with an additional pedagogy day in English aimed at teachers in English speaking countries, together with classes in French and Spanish.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2018
Jerusalem – The Jewish Capital: Then and Now - An Innovative Online Program Taking Students on Location to Find New Relevance in Ancient Texts and Sites.
Against the backdrop of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, groups of Diaspora Jewish day school students went on location to examine a parallel scenario that took place 3000 years ago – King David’s decision to move his capital to Jerusalem. As they learned the relevant sections of Sefer Shmuel, they examined the geographical location and terrain of the city of David, as well as the archaeological findings discovered there, in order to answer the following questions: What were the political, religious, and security considerations behind David’s choice? Why did David choose to move the capital to Jerusalem when he did? Was it worth the risk? How was David able to conquer this highly fortified city?
Updated: May. 23, 2018
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in partnership with Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, Center for Modern Torah Leadership, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, Midreshet Ein HaNatziv, Midreshet Lindenbaum, SAR High School, Torah in Motion, Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, and Yeshivat Maharat is proud to invite all Judaic Studies teachers as well as lovers of serious Tanakh and Mahshavah study to the sixteenth annual Yemei Iyun on Bible and Jewish Thought. This year’s Yemei Iyun will take place Sunday, June 24th – Monday, June 25 2018 | 11-12 Tamuz 5778 at SAR High School.
Updated: May. 09, 2018
Teachers who know the basics of Biblical Hebrew are more confident when preparing and delivering their Torah/Nakh classes. They are able to approach the texts directly, before referring to other resources, traditional or modern, to interpret them. Familiarity with Biblical Hebrew adds another dimension also to those teaching Modern Hebrew conversation or literature, which both, still echo much of Classical Hebrew.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2018
Passover is a time for asking questions. Everyone knows “The Four Questions”, but there is always so much more to think about when it comes to making the holiday and the Exodus meaningful for our lives. What are the journeys that matter most to us, and what can we learn about ourselves through these experiences? We wanted to share with you a very special resource developed by the Global Day for Passover. This year’s study theme is Extraordinary Passages: Texts and Travels, and since the most extraordinary is the passage out of Egypt, it seemed especially fitting to connect them in a text-learning guide for your seder.
Updated: Mar. 13, 2018
Putting Students Front and Center in the Hebrew Bible Classroom: Inquiry-Oriented Pedagogy in the Orthodox and Liberal Classroom
Inquiry-oriented pedagogy is a difficult pedagogy to enact in the classroom. By placing students’ questions and textual ideas at the center, the teacher opens the door to unanticipated and sometimes off-the-wall comments in text discussion. And yet, research has shown that it is exactly this type of pedagogy that leads to increased engagement and comprehension. This study examines two elementary school Hebrew Bible teachers’ enactment of inquiry-oriented pedagogy. It explores how one pedagogy can look very different in different contexts and the contrasting motivations teachers hold.
Updated: Mar. 13, 2018