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Happy Chanukah! This is a resource guide for Jewish educators interested in enriching their classrooms with the beauty and depth of Sephardi and Mizrachi Culture. Here you will find texts, lesson plans, stories and recipes that can be used in formal and informal educational frameworks, from day schools to religious schools and everything in between. All educational materials include traditions, commentaries and customs of Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews for the Chanukah Holiday.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2016
Educators Can Access Resources on Modern Jewish Culture on a New Website - The Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources
Educators interested in teaching about modern Jewish literature and culture can access multimedia teaching materials, free of charge, on a new website, The Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources, a project of the Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The website is home to a growing collection of resource kits focused on various aspects of modern Jewish culture, designed for use by secondary, college, and adult-education teachers. One kit, for instance, considers how Jews were represented onscreen in the early days of cinema, while another explores the cheder, the first educational experience for young boys in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Others look at specific works of literature, from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s famed story “Gimpel the Fool” to Sholem Aleichem’s beloved Tevye the Dairyman character (the basis for Fiddler on the Roof). More kits will be added in the coming months.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016
Jacob Richman has posted on his website 70 links to materials about Rosh Hashana, ranging from laws and customs to games and recipes, as well as RH greeting cards, in English, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Russian and Spanish. The site also contains a Rosh HaShana Photo Gallery with a rich selection.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2016
At NewCAJE 7 in Naperville, Illinois, two workshop blocks were devoted to the teaching of the Tishrei holidays with more of an emphasis on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur than on Sukkot. The calendar often gives educators an opportunity to teach Sukkot during the holiday, if not before it, but the High Holidays often are not taught or taught sparsely, and usually not systematically. This year, we are most fortunate that the High Holidays come much later in the fall — beginning as they do at the very beginning of October. NewCAJE wants to make available to you all of the workshops from the two workshop blocks and their content. The presenters were asked to write up their workshops so that someone who did not attend their session also could benefit from them. They were asked to include full stories, links to music, etc., so that everything here would be available to you and easy to access for your teaching.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
This Purim resource page includes almost everything you need to know about Purim: background information for the teacher, vocabulary, educational themes, activities, lesson plans, plays, and articles
Updated: Mar. 06, 2016
Purim is an exciting and colorful festival, as are the primary sources that give evidence to the different aspects of the day. This resource pack prepared by the National Library of Israel contains a wonderful Megillah that was read in the seventeenth century, photographs of children and even a street in fancy dress, a Purim plate used for Mishloah Manot (gifts of food to friends and family), and posters advertising Purim balls and contests. It also includes a video clip and activity suggestions.
Updated: Mar. 06, 2016
Educators wanting to teach students and children about contemporary life in Israel have been turning to ISRAEL21c for source information for years. Now we’re going to make life much easier with the launch of a brand new monthly e-newsletter, EDUCATORS21c, aimed specifically at all educators who want to make Israel relevant and interesting to their students. Our new newsletter, EDUCATORS21c launches next Monday, November 9, 2015.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2015
Jewish Learning Matters (JLM), sponsored by the Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation in Jewish Education at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development was created to support educators, schools, and communities, help educators easily locate and access quality educational resources, provide professional development opportunities, and deepen knowledge and expertise as educators interact with one another. We hope you will let JLM become your “go to' site when searching for ideas, books, songs, videos, lesson plans, information and activities that reinforce the belief that Jewish Learning does matter.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015
The forty-eight hours encompassing Yom Ha'zikaron and Yom Ha'aztmaut represent an intense and meaningful moment in Israel's culture. Through resources and ideas that explore remembrance, celebration, and the transition between the two, iCenter seeks to create deeper understanding of Israel and the Jewish people.
Updated: Apr. 19, 2015
Caring for the environment is an important theme in the Jewish tradition. The holiday of Tu BiSh’vat, which means the fifteenth of Sh'vat and is the date of celebration, honors nature and is often called 'the birthday of the trees.' It's a good time to encourage children to begin thinking about trees and the role they play in our environment. Together with your children, watch the Shalom Sesame videos below to learn about Tu BiSh’vat. Then try some of the discussion ideas and activities below recommended by Reform Jewish educators to further extend the lessons learned in the videos. If you wish, share your experiences and ideas in the comments sections below!
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015