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This review will stick with scholarly publications on Jewish religious education of the highest quality that have appeared in the past decade and that are also accessible in their style for all sorts of readers. In other words, although the books in question represent the best in the academic study of Jewish education, they share the virtue of being engaging and useful resources for a wider audience. Furthermore, the review will identify three areas and discuss at least one representative book from each category. Those categories are: History, Identity, and Setting. There is also one book that encompasses all of the previous domains and that presents an in-depth transnational survey of Jewish education
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
With the help of readers' suggestions, Lawrence L. Langer, Michael Berenbaum, Joanne Weiner Rudof and Paula Hyman have compiled this all too brief list of writers, scholars and works. The list includes paintings, novels, memoirs, films, poems and graphic works, as well as historical studies. It provides a possible first step for those who would consider themselves Holocaust literate. The curators' intention was not to be populist, exclusive or exhaustive but to map a way into the subject.
Updated: May. 03, 2011
The AVI CHAI Foundation has help create films that provide insight into Israeli life and society. Now, with the creation of self-contained movie lessons, these DVD learning modules are being made available free of charge for educational use in North America. This is an extraordinary opportunity to connect Jews here on a personal and emotional level to the State of Israel. These films offer a window into Israeli life that can take the viewer beyond the constraints of newsprint, broadcast news or even the occasional visit to Israel.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2011
In this article, Elliot Dorf lists a number of useful learning resources for teaching Jewish ethics in addition to modeling moral behavior yourself which he feels is the most important way of teaching moral behavior, which is 'nothing less than a sacred task, perhaps the most sacred task that Jews can take on and work to accomplish.'
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010
The Israel Education Initiative of the Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco aims to make Israel an integral part of every Jewish educational program, so that all students are knowledgeable about Israeli history, culture and society, as well as have an enduring Jewish identity and a strong sense of Jewish Peoplehood. IEI offers consultations for educators, learning resources, an Israel engagement initiative in Jewish Day schools, engaging events, and seminars in Israel.
Updated: May. 30, 2010
At a New York meeting in mid December 2009, convened by the Avi Chai Foundation, representatives of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community day schools discussed why and how most schools were able to retain students at a time of serious economic recession and what lessons can be learned going forward. On the table were the findings of a survey on enrollment changes in Jewish day schools from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010 compiled by Avi Chai. The most surprising finding of the survey is that while enrollment has declined, the drop has not been nearly as steep as many educators and communal officials had predicted.
Updated: Dec. 24, 2009
The first issue of JESNA's Snapshots & Insights, a publication series designed to disseminate emergent data and understandings on various aspects of Jewish education based on research, assessment and practical experience, examines the history and current state of resource centers for Jewish educators, alternative models, and lessons learned about best practices.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2009
'Our Way' of Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities makes available various resources in print for use of parents and educators of Jewish deaf and hard of hearing. Signs of the Seder and The Shabbat Manual in Sign include key signs for the Passover Seder and Shabbat observance. Through their illustrations and comprehensive explanations, the booklets’ goal is to enhance the religious observance of the Jewish Deaf Community and to enable them to play a more active role in their family or community Jewish holiday ceremonies.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009
Debbie Findling and Simone Schweber, Teaching the Holocaust (Los Angeles, CA: Torah Aura Productions, 2007)
With the publication of Teaching the Holocaust, Simone Schweber and Debbie Findling offer Holocaust educators a new handbook to navigate the abundance of available resources. Schweber and Findling draw on their own experiences as seasoned Holocaust educators, as well as a substantive array of primary and secondary sources, to produce this concise, informative, and useful resource for teachers.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2008