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Wikimedia Israel, the local branch of online free information service Wikipedia, has published some 28,000 pre-Israel photographs taken in and around the region which would eventually become the Jewish state. The images provide snapshots of life in the area. As they are all over 50 years old, the photos are copyright free and available for use by everyone, the organization said.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2018
Between “Us” and “Them”: Teachers' Perceptions of the National Versus International Composition of the Israeli History Curriculum
This study aims to investigate history teachers' perceptions of the desired history curriculum content in Israeli schools in term of national versus international composition. We surveyed Israeli secondary school history teachers in the Jewish secular stream, employing an on-line quantitative and qualitative questionnaire that asked the teachers to select the subjects that they consider important for inclusion in the curriculum.
Updated: May. 25, 2014
Jewish Time Jump: New York - a mobile GPS “augmented reality” game and interactive story was recently released by Converjent, a nonprofit launched three years ago that nurtures, develops and spreads ‘seriously fun’ games for Jewish learning.
Updated: May. 20, 2013
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life of Rutgers University has been providing free online Jewish studies courses taught by Rutgers professors since 2006. The courses have been taken by students across the globe, in 47 countries on six continents and in 41 states across America. The non-credit online courses allow participants to learn at their own pace.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012
Don’t miss the amazing story of how…a Pharaoh, a Roman Soldier, three snails, a molecule, and the sun come together to make a simple blue thread called ….Tekhelet. The Ptil Tekhelet Organization offers marine snorkeling tours at the Dor/Nachsholim beach in search of the 'hillazon' (marine snail) used to produce the ancient tekhelet dye in its local habitat. The tekhelet was used in the manufacture of tzitzit (fringes) in ancient times.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2011
This article examines 10 textbooks used in Jewish religion classes in Russian high schools in the final decades of the 19th century. The textbooks reveal an expectation of a low level of Hebrew background, an interest in promoting the practice of prayer, and two distinct approaches to teaching Judaism. While some of the books introduce students to their religion through Biblical or later Jewish history, others present the religion as a systematic set of beliefs and practices. Although it is difficult to ascertain exactly how the books were utilized in classrooms, they certainly provide a sense of the priorities of a group of educators, as well as of the relative freedom they had in defining Judaism for the next generation.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2011
The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education is a collection of essays about important but woefully understudied and underappreciated women outstanding in the field of American Jewish education. As editor Carol K. Ingall explains in the introduction, the eleven women profiled in the book “planted the seeds of social reform and progressivism in the soil and soul of American Jewish education” during professional careers that spanned the twentieth century. Few of these women’s names are known to any but specialists today, despite the key role most of them played in religious education, a central feature of modern American Jewish life.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2010
Teaching Ethnic History in School: Experience from the West and the Case of Jewish History in the Former Soviet Union. A Literature Review
This article reviews the results of numerous studies that demonstrate how students belonging to ethnic majorities and minorities differ in their historical knowledge, trust of teachers and texts, motivation to study history, and perception of the material. The experience of teaching Jewish history in the former Soviet Union is reviewed, and directions for further research are suggested.
Updated: Oct. 03, 2010
Toldot Yisrael is preserving individual stories of the founding of the State of Israel for future generations by recording video testimonies from those who were part of this era. These unedited oral histories form an extensive archive and interactive database that will be used by scholars, educators, and documentary filmmakers the world over. The material in this archive serves as an important reminder of the Jewish people’s legitimate right to a sovereign state in the Land of Israel, particularly at a time when that right has been called into question.
Updated: Sep. 19, 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