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The Reform Movement announced this week the founding of the first Jewish specialty camp for science and technology. The new Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camp, called the URJ 6 Points Science Academy, will open in the summer of 2014 in Boston, MA, and serve upwards of 600 campers in grades 6-10 over three two-week sessions per summer.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2012
Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Union for Reform Judaism writes about the steps that should be taken by Jewish organizations to keep Jewish youth engaged with their Judaism. Our goal should be that by the year 2020, we will have the majority of Jewish youth active in Jewish life. To achieve this, we need a massive initiative, a focused, strategic effort to ensure that we leverage the full strength and talent of every corner of the Jewish world.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2012
The CHAI Curriculum is a flexible educational system for Reform congregational schools based on the values of Torah, Avodah and G'milut Chasadim. The curriculum is for grades 1-7 and is based on the most important concepts and values of Jewish life, helping students grow into committed and thoughtful Jewish adults. Each core level contains 27 complete one-hour classroom lessons in Torah, Avodah and G'milut Chasdadim plus family education lessons.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2012
Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, GA, shares his thoughts on what makes Jewish day schools unique and exceptional and asks his readers to share their thoughts.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2011
Rabbi Jonah Pesner blogs about Rabbi Eric Yoffie's final act of leadership of the Union for Reform Judaism, the launching of the Campaign for Youth Engagement (CYE). The Campaign for Youth Engagement is a collaborative effort across the Reform Movement that is built upon the foundation laid by many groups dedicated to Jewish youth. This collective was established by a handful of rabbis and volunteer leaders,who called for a renewed commitment by the Reform Movement to NFTY, and, more broadly, to youth work as a whole.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2011
The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $3.3 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation and AVI CHAI Foundation for a pilot initiative that will create senior experiential Jewish educator positions to be shared by nonprofit Jewish overnight camps and Jewish day or synagogue schools. This groundbreaking program, Nadiv, has several goals. The first is to experiment with a new model that could enhance the quality of education at Jewish camps in a sustainable way. The second objective is to create a new model for year-round positions for trained and talented Jewish educators and the third is to model a new way to foster deeper collaboration between different kinds of institutions in the Jewish educational world.
Updated: Sep. 07, 2011
A new subject, 'Jewish Culture and Heritage,' will be become part of the compulsory curriculum in the upcoming school year in Israel. Some 900 teachers will be trained to teach the subject in the fifth to eighth grades following a successful trial. The new subject was initiated by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar with the aim of strengthening the Jewish, Zionist and democratic values among students, as part of the objectives he declared upon taking office. The Education Ministry has begun to train special teachers for the program who will receive a diploma expanding their teaching license upon the completion of their training.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2011
The URJ welcomes the participation of congregational volunteer leaders and professionals at the URJ's Education Summit, December 14-16, 2011, outside Washington, DC. The Summit, a track of the URJ Biennial Convention, will include large and small group sessions dedicated to Teen Engagement successes, learning, and a campaign platform for congregations to sign on to – dedicating their efforts to maximize teen engagement with the 2020 vision of reaching a majority of b'nei/b'not mitzvah through high school and beyond.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011
Peter Eckstein reflects in this blog post on the Conservative Movement's Jewish Educators Assembly 39th Annual Conference which centered on 'From Sinai to Cyberspace: Exploring the Impact of Technology on Jewish Education'. After recapping some of the program highlights that the 200 educators experienced, he raises some important questions about the direction in which Jewish education is headed in the second decade of the 21st century.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
The Union for Reform Judaism has just released the Spring, 2010 issue of Ganeinu, a publication for leaders dedicated to early Jewish childhood. In this issue of Ganeinu they explore renewing the purpose, working in collaborative teams and professional and volunteer, which are cutting across specific areas of expertise.
Updated: May. 30, 2010