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A Sacred Language or the Language of the Bible: A Curricular Study of Jewish Hebrew Bible Instruction
This curriculum studies article uncovers how ideological commitments often, without acknowledgment, determine instruction. Through a comparison of two popular Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) curricula, both focused on the same subject, one emerging out of a fundamentalist religious worldview and the other a progressive, modernist religious worldview, curricular nuances are explored and theorized. Ultimately, this article argues that small differences in instruction serve to shape radically different conceptions of religious activity.
Updated: Aug. 06, 2019
College enrollment in Hebrew courses is dropping sharply, and this downward spiral may soon have profound effects on the American Jewish community. Modern Hebrew enrollment fell 17.6 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a report from the Modern Languages Association, while Biblical Hebrew suffered a 23.9% decline. The number of Hebrew students has been falling for a decade, with little discussion in the Jewish community. In 2006, a total of 9,620 college students were enrolled in a modern Hebrew course. That number fell to 6,698 in 2013, and dropped again to 5,521 in 2016. Biblical Hebrew has gone from over 14,000 students in 2006 to just 9587 in 2016.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2019
Book Review: Dynamics of Teaching and Learning Modern Hebrew as an Additional Language: Using Hebrew as a Means of Instruction and Acquisition. Author: Yona Gilead
In a field where teaching methods do not generally stem from published studies but rather from years of experiential knowledge of best practices shared among teachers, Yona Gilead’s Dynamics of Teaching and Learning Modern Hebrew as an Additional Language is groundbreaking first for the mere fact that it is one of the only empirical research pieces published in a mainstream venue that maps and records the Hebrew classroom routine at a micro level.
Updated: May. 15, 2019
There is a change brewing in congregations across North America, one that is dramatically shifting the narrative of children’s experiences with Hebrew learning and Jewish education. Education directors have begun sharing stories of renewed energy in their buildings and of children who are excited to learn, especially Hebrew. This change is not about tweaking the traditional Hebrew learning model in part-time/synagogue settings. We have done that for years and it hasn’t worked. This is not about increasing Hebrew learning time. Over the years, “more of the same” has closed our students’ hearts to Hebrew as they spend four to six years on low-level prayer decoding/reading practice and review. This IS about changing foundational Hebrew learning assumptions that have shaped Hebrew education in synagogues for decades.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2019
Ivrit B'yachad: A Five-Day Immersive Hebrew Experience at Huc-Jir's Taube Family Campus In Jerusalem
Come to Jerusalem this summer to be part of a new initiative to enhance Hebrew language learning for Reform religious leaders. Ivrit B’yachad: HUC-JIR Jerusalem Ulpan for Alumni offers a five-day (July 1-5, 2019) immersive Hebrew experience, in and outside of the classroom, with a focus on Hebrew conversation relevant to Reform clergy and educators.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2019
Wanted: Nonreligious Israelis for work in communities abroad. It sounds like a weird job qualification, but according to the Jerusalem-based World Zionist Organization, Israeli-trained Hebrew language teachers who can be trusted to keep religion out of the classroom are in high demand these days.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2019
The MOFET International Hebrew Writing Competition for 2019 has come to an exciting conclusion, with 165 entries that met the requirements of the competition. The entries were classified according to three age groups (preschoolers - preschool to grade 3, primary and middle schools, high schools, universities and adults). Each age group was divided into three levels of Hebrew, beginner level, intermediate level , and advanced level). The entries came from many countries: Austria, Ukraine, Argentina, USA, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, Mexico, France, South Korea, Canada and Russia.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019
One ongoing lament among day school educators is the inability to successfully teach Hebrew language skills to the students in their schools. Ivrit be-Ivrit instruction, once commonplace in many day schools in North America and across the globe, is in use less and less frequently. Even schools that were once bastions of Hebrew language instruction are begun to despair about its effectiveness. This issue was revisited recently when the new chairman of the Jewish Agency called for Israel to devote resources to teach Hebrew to Jews around the world. This topic has been discussed on Lookjed a number of times.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2019
Ivriyon is now accepting applications for the 2019 summer Ivriyon Hebrew Immersion Institute for Day School Educators (July 8-August 1, 2019). The Ivriyon summer institute prepares day school educators to teach Judaic subjects engagingly and effectively in Hebrew. The program combines intensive language immersion with powerful learning experiences to strengthen participating educators’ Hebrew language skills. The four-week program focuses on developing participants’ expressive skills through intensive communicative practice, writing, grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Participants will work with an Ivriyon mentor through the 2019-20 school year.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018
Now in its ninth year, the Hebrew Public network of 13 charter schools utilizes a blend of startup philanthropic funding and state funds to offer high-quality Hebrew language education to Jewish and non-Jewish students alike. Currently, these schools run in New York, New Jersey, California, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. New schools are scheduled to open soon in Philadelphia and Staten Island.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2018