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The Jewish Agency for Israel is launching a new program for innovative, informal Hebrew language education at summer camps throughout the Jewish world. The aim is to spark an interest and curiosity about Hebrew among Jewish kids and teens, and to deepen their familiarity with Israeli culture. The program will be launched this summer with the assistance of the Jewish Agency's shlichim (emissaries) who will use Israeli songs, educational games, outdoor activities, sport, cooking workshops and more to provide campers with an introductory Hebrew vocabulary and familiarity with Israeli slang.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
Book Review: Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps. Authors: Sarah Bunin Benor, Jonathan Krasner, and Sharon Avni
Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps by Sarah Bunin Benor, Jonathan Krasner, and Sharon Avni uses stories, as well as historical, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic methods to examine the ideologies and pedagogies of Hebrew education in the American Jewish summer camp setting. They uncover and analyze two models of integrating Hebrew into these primarily English-speaking environments: infusion and immersion.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
The school year is coming to a close in the northern hemisphere, and in-class parties (to the extent they are not on Zoom) have begun. A sine qua non is food, of course. But the typical end-of-year rituals include more than just treats: award ceremonies, outdoor fun in the fresh air, time capsules (lots of pandemic memories to store away for a later date), a recap of the past year, or sharing of summer plans. A Hebrew teacher in one of my schools ended the year in a most atypical way. She used the last week of school to continue teaching…but with games. Here are three of her favorites and the reasons why these games were my favorites too–even though I was only invited to observe, never to play.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2021
Over the last few months, we have been provided with an opportunity to examine the question of the effect of immersive Hebrew learning on the students connection to Israel anew. For the last seven years, we have been evaluating the emerging phenomenon that is Kayitz Kef (‘Summer of Fun’ in Hebrew). The program is supported and managed by the Areivim Philanthropic Group and during the summer of 2019 comprised 12 Jewish day camps. Kayitz Kef is a day-camp Hebrew immersion program shaped by the Proficiency Approach to Hebrew language learning, operating within the framework of JCCs and other camp settings and staffed almost entirely by Israelis, operating entirely in Hebrew. In the summer of 2020, the program pivoted to a mix of in-person and virtual platforms, providing a range of Hebrew experiences, engaging over 2,000 campers through both day and overnight camps.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2021
The Hebrew Our Way Organization and Universidad Hebraica are proud to present their new Diploma course for teachers of Torah based institutions in the Diaspora. Participants will gain new knowledge and learn basic strategies for teaching Hebrew and Leshon Hakodesh as a second language through linguistic competencies and Proficiency approach.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021
"Millim, Millim: Supporting students as they acquire and strengthen their Hebrew Vocabulary Skills" – A Hidden Sparks Webinar
Hidden Sparks is presenting a free webinar for Ivrit teachers, February 9th, 2021 8:30pm EST. - "Millim, Millim: Supporting students as they acquire and strengthen their Hebrew Vocabulary Skills", presented by Meirav Kravetz.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021
Launched in the spring by the Israeli American Council, or IAC, the Ofek Learning Hub offers classes on an array of topics related to Judaism, Jews and Israel in Hebrew or English (or both). The idea is to maintain and cultivate American Jews’ connection to Israel even at a time when travel to Israel is not possible because of the coronavirus.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2020
The Impact of Context on Attitudes Toward Heritage Languages: A Case Study of Jewish Schools in the Asia-Pacific Region
This qualitative study, examining seven communities in the globalized Asia Pacific area, aimed to investigate Jewish community attitudes toward Hebrew, their heritage language (HL), as influenced by the social environment. The main finding was that the “complex ecology” of context influences attitudes to Hebrew. The article delineates three major categories: expatriates in Asia, whose particularistic identity, including Hebrew, was strengthened; citizens, the majority native-born, in Australia and immigrants in New Zealand, whose Jewish identity was weakened. Findings demonstrate the importance of community contact, adding to understanding HL learning and linguistic distance between micro and macro elements in the sociolinguistic context.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2020
The Rimonim Professional Development Program aims to bring innovative pedagogical techniques developed at Herzog College in Israel to English-speaking Jewish educators around the world. The program is a year and a half long and includes an intensive summer semester in Israel, all expenses paid (COVID-permitting). This program is a joint project of Herzog and the Israeli Ministry of Education and is subsidized by the Israeli government, so the cost for the entire program (including the Israel trip) is $750.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2020
The program “Book and Language”, is designed for educators of young children. Its aim is to enrich the dialogue between educators and young children through recitations and songs that accompany the young child’s everyday activities with the best that Israeli literature has to offer to young children. The website contains easy-to-understand explanations for using the program, including short video clips that demonstrate and explain how to adapt and connect the texts to the young child’s life.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2020