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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
Bible Belt Balabusta is a website with a rich collection of hands-on Jewish crafts projects for parents and teachers to share with their children. Joanna Brichetto, aka the Bible Belt Balabusta, an experiential educator at West End Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Nashville, Tenn., aims to help kids and grownups spend time together making Jewish things. She likes stuff that is hands-on, attractive, non-fussy, cheap and real, and so fun no one realizes it's educational. The value is in the doing, not just the being done, and in the conversations and questions that happen along the way.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015
JTeach.org, an online Jewish teacher resource center, was launched in 2013 by the Chicago Board of Jewish Education/Marshall Jewish Learning Center (MJLC) to help teachers across the nation gain digital access to our high quality, innovative resources and projects. The Marshall Jewish Learning Center, located in Northbrook, Illinois, provides those who engage in the transmission of Jewish culture and content to the next generation, the educational scaffolding necessary to be successful in their sacred work.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
In anticipation of a 2014-15 school year fraught with anxiety over how to teach kids about the Israel-Hamas war — and about Israel in general, in the wake of the war — Jewish LearningWorks (JLW), an S.F.-based nonprofit formerly called the Bureau of Jewish Education jumped into action late in the summer and organized several educators-only workshops. The gatherings helped teachers and administrators at Jewish day schools figure out how to best approach the subject of Israel. And in conjunction with that, JLW also launched a Web page titled “Israel-Gaza Conflict Resources,” a compendium of helpful materials for teachers.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2014
Jacob Richman has created a web page with a rich listing of Shabbat online resources. The list contains Parshat Hashavua pages, lesson plans, videos, recipes, games and clipart as well as English-Hebrew vocabulary lists. Many of the listed sites are in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2014
The JconnecT online Hebrew School program addressed the right of the Jewish People to their own state in its pre-Pesach session this year. The class is comprised of pre-teen and teenaged students from across North America who learn about Judaism and Israel online from their own homes. During the last session before Passover break the students discussed what it means to be free, what it means to lack freedom, and how that relates to the rights of the Jewish people to establish and run their Jewish State.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in cooperation with UJA Federation-New York, has released a Peoplehood Education Toolkit. This is a comprehensive resource for Jewish educators and communal leaders interested in questions of Jewish collective belonging, global community and mutual responsibility. There are tools for dealing with WHY to teach about Jewish Peoplehood, HOW to do it well and WHAT to do.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2013
Kishuran, a very popular repository of Hebrew online learning materials, has recently upgraded its user interface, making searching for learning materials much easier. The database, developed by the Israel Teachers Union Professional Advancement Fund, offers educators access to nearly 90,000 links to unaudited learning materials from the depths of the Internet. The materials were identified by skilled information experts, then indexed and cataloged, and presented to users in a user-friendly and convenient interface.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2013
'Eyes on Israel', CAMERA’s middle school and high school curriculum offers an exciting approach to learning about Israel, the Middle East and journalism, by focusing on media coverage of current events and relevant history. CAMERA is pleased to announce the second edition of' Eyes on Israel', which will be available in August 2012.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2012
Now, you can buy individual G-dcast PDF lesson plans to help you teach students about the holidays and weekly parsha. Their eCurricula, formerly only available as a bundled collection in eBook form, are now downloadable and printable! Each eCurriculum includes a summary of the biblical material covered in the corresponding episode, a series of comprehension and discussion questions, and a variety of experiential learning activities ideal for middle school and high school learners.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2012