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This study examines Jewish values, explores how and in what settings these values are taught, surveys the current curricula used in a select group of religious schools, and determines whether the curricula reflect current theological ideas regarding Jewish values. Four Reform religious schools in the Los Angeles area were selected for this study, and current personnel were interviewed. The information gathered in this review and study is intended to provide the basis for a developmentally and socially appropriate curriculum guide for teaching Jewish values in a religious school setting.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013
Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology. This innovative new camp will open in July 2014 on the campus of The Governor’s Academy near Boston. The Governor’s Academy, 30 minutes north of Boston, features modern educational, recreational and dorm facilities combined with a rustic campus to give a “summer camp” feel and create a safe and warm environment for campers.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013
This article examines the Jewish Teachable Moments method through a case study conducted at a Reform movement affiliated camp in Texas. Theoretical and pedagogical implications of the Jewish Teachable Moments method are discussed.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2013
General registration opened today for the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2013 72nd North American Biennial, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, taking place Dec. 11-15, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013
Hope Chernak shares how she adapted what she learned at the Union for Reform Judaism’s kallah for educators in Israel to further vibrant Israel education in the congregational synagogue setting.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013
The Choice of Reform Rabbinical Studies in Israel and the Rabbinical Mission: Negotiating Tikun Olam and Personal Tikun
The goals of this study are to describe the motivations and aims of young Israelis for choosing Reform rabbinical studies and to explore how the Israeli and Reform contexts are manifested in students’ motivations and aims. This question was examined by a study of the personal background, the decision-making process, and the motivations of 10 students in the Reform rabbinical program at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College (HUC).
Updated: Jun. 25, 2013
The Ofek Hadash (“New Horizon”) reforms in Israeli elementary schools and some junior-high schools have failed in bringing more teachers and keeping them from leaving the educational system, despite higher salaries. The first study of its kind on the program, conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics, examined whether the higher salaries increased the supply of new students studying to be teachers and whether the quality of those students was higher, as well as whether attrition rates for teachers had declined.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013
Five years ago, URJ Camps launched an Israel education and advocacy initiative with the generous support of the Legacy Heritage Fund. Partnering with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Education on the New York campus, the iCenter and MAKOM, the URJ worked to develop strategies, curricula and an evaluation processes to reimagine, enhance and deepen the presence of Israel at URJ camps.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2013
Using portraiture, this study describes and analyzes the aims of rabbinic teaching of adults in a synagogue setting. The findings suggest that regularly facilitating learners' intellectual and religious development, democratically guiding their communities' evolution through an emphasis on learning, and collaboratively joining their congregants in shaping the construction of personal and communal Jewish narratives are central aims of congregational rabbinic teaching of adults.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2013
The Union for Reform Judaism is excited to announce that the new website ReformJudaism.org is out of “beta” mode and now officially launched! ReformJudaism.org is the first website to provide a wealth of Jewish information through a Reform Jewish lens.
Updated: Apr. 09, 2013