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Book Review: Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick, Editors, Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Texts
In Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, edited and published in 2013 by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick, we have a volume that certainly lives up to its name. The volume provides a rich and diverse range of viewpoints on and orientations to the teaching and learning of Jewish texts, such that I feel remiss only reading it once. That the authors invoke the famous quote of Ben Bag Bag from Pirkei Avot 5:22 seems especially appropriate in the context of Levisohn and Fendrick’s anthology, given its similarity with Pirkei Avot’s ability to blend both pedagogic and ideological purposes.
Updated: May. 27, 2014
Project Zug, Skype based international Hevruta study sessions, has already connected 200 American and Israeli Jews since launching in February 2013. The program’s scope is expanding to link Jews in Israel to those in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. And within five years, they hope to enlist more than 5,000 “students” in this bold hybrid of an ancient method and cutting-edge tools.
Updated: Feb. 24, 2014
Tzvi Pittinsky of the Frisch School recently shared with his blog readers a unique approach to Talmud studies in Frisch's iPad equipped classes – The Flipped Beit Midrash. Based on the 'flipped classroom' approach, Talmud teachers produce short videos on the new Talmud material which are then studied by hevruta pairs in the Beit Midrash on their iPads in preparation for the in-depth lesson which follows in the classroom.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2014
Registration for the second cycle of learning at Project Zug has begun! Project Zug connects Jews in different countries through on-line hevruta (one-to-one) learning. Project Zug seeks to reduce geographical distances and strengthen the bonds between our many vibrant Jewish cultures by pairing Jews in Israel and Jews around the world to learn together. This year's project will run from the week of January 26t, 2014 until the week of April 6, 2014. The deadline for signing up for the 2014 learning cycle is December 31, 2013.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2014
Educational institutions serving minority communities of myriad varieties face the challenge of enculturation into the minority traditions in ways that avoid reification of those traditions, on the one hand, while attending to the surrounding majority culture, on the other. This article explores the practices found in one such context, Talmud study at a religious Jewish Israeli high school.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013
Project Zug is an innovative initiative employing the ancient Jewish method of “hevruta” with modern technology of distance learning (like Skype), to bring together the two largest Jewish communities of today, Israel and the United States. Our hope is that learning in pairs will reduce the geographical and cultural distance and strengthen the bond between our two cultures.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2013
This article presents a pedagogical framework for interpreting and discussing texts with others, “havruta inspired pedagogy.” The framework is comprised of three overlapping domains: structures, stance and practices. The authors illustrate each domain through teachers' words and classroom practices, depicting how teachers in one context work within these domains to support rich student text-learning.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012
Maya Bernstein, Director of Education and Leadership Initiatives at UpStart Bay Area, discusses her vision of Jewish Education for the 21st Century, one which encourages the development of 'Jewish educational activism'. She describes how hevruta learning can be a model for how this type of ethical education can proceed.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2011
Collaborative Text Study and Reflective Practice: Deepening An Inquiry Stance in Teaching and Learning - A Summer Workshop
The Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture (CSJEC) at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to offer a summer course on August 1-5, 2011, focusing on collaborative text study and reflective practice. It will be taught by Miriam Raider-Roth (director of CSJEC) and Elie Holzer (Bar-Ilan University, Israel). This is a course for both educators who are new to collaborative text study and reflective practices as well as those who already have experience with these practices and are interested in expanding their knowledge and practice in these domains. Educators from all grade levels and all learning environments are welcome.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2011
Modern educational scholarship has not substantially investigated the learning practice of havruta, paired study and focused conversation around classical Jewish texts. In this article, the author analyzes videotapes and transcripts of real-life havruta interactions and proposes a theory of havruta learning as composed of three pairs of core practices: listening and articulating; wondering and focusing; and supporting and challenging. Through a close analysis of one particular havruta session, the author illustrates and probes the havruta practices and the ways in which they can give rise to generative, textually grounded interpretive discussions of classical Jewish texts. This theory may also be a helpful lens for both studying and elucidating text-based discussions of other kinds of texts in small and large group settings.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010