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Established independently in early 2012 by Israelis living across the Netherlands, the Kehila Sunday school is a fascinating initiative. It meets biweekly to provide a Hebrew education to the children of Israeli expats. Whether they come from two Israeli parents or a mixed relationship, be it at home or at school, Hebrew will likely be the child’s second or even third language after Dutch or English. While some children will be able to both speak and read Hebrew, some might not be able to read it, while others might have very little comprehension of the language at all.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
“Do Not Turn a Deaf Ear or a Blind Eye on Me, as I Am Your Son”: New Conceptions of Childhood and Parenthood in 18th- and 19th-Century Jewish Letter-Writing Manuals
This article focuses on the cultural functions of Hebrew letter-writing manuals published in German-speaking countries in the 18th and 19th centuries, aimed at young people. I argue that these books, which were used frequently as textbooks for studying Hebrew writing, conveyed modern ideological values and at the same time corresponded to the particular requirements of the traditional Jewish audience. They also bear witness to a marked shift in the conceptions of childhood and of education within the Jewish realm, as their emphasis on sons’ duties toward their fathers was gradually replaced by a growing sensitivity toward their young audience’s needs.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2016
Building on its successful debut last year, the world’s biggest celebration of the Hebrew language returns for another run in the New York metro area beginning March 6, 2016, with a whole new two-week slate of programs and experiences for scholars, students, culture vultures, and families. The Hagigah Ivrit (“Hebrew festival”) will feature more than 40 events on a broad range of topics in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey, including literary, culinary, musical, cinematic, and educational events, as well as several ongoing exhibitions and special programs. Target audiences range from seniors to young children and their families and everyone in between with special events targeted toward teachers and others designed to take place in schools with their students. All offerings will engage their audience in the beauty and history of the Hebrew language and culture.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2016
SAP and Beit Issie Shapiro Introduce IssieBoard – An Adaptive iPad Keyboard for People with Disabilities
SAP Laboratories in Israel and The Beit Issie Shapiro Technology Consulting Center have developed IssieBoard – a new adaptive Hebrew keyboard app for children and adults with disabilities. Designed for the iOS operating system, IssieBoard will allow people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, developmental and intellectual disabilities to use all functions of a virtual iPad keyboard in Hebrew. The IssieBoard app is available for free download on the App Store.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016
In the Winter, 2016 edition of The Steinhardt Foundation's Contact magazine, Rabbi David Gedzelman, President and CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, advocates for the Hebrew proficiency approach to Hebrew language acquisition, an approach that emphasizes the mastery of Hebrew functional language skills in authentic contexts. It also emphasizes the primacy of oral expression over other language skills. He argues that an emphasis on reading reflects a Diaspora mentality or pre-State of Israel mentality whereas a focus on oral expression reflects a Zionist mentality in that it recognizes that Hebrew is a living, spoken language in the modern State of Israel.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2016
The Sefer Center in Russia: At the Heart of the Ongoing Revival of Intellectual Jewish life in Countries of the Former Soviet Union
I will not exaggerate if I say that the “Sefer” Center (based in Moscow, Russia) is the most influential and important organization for the development of academic studies in Jewish civilization in the entire post-Soviet space. During more than 20 years of its existence it has made a significant contribution to Jewish studies among Russian-speaking scholars. Sefer was established in the early 90s, when nobody in Russia would have reasonably envisaged any future for academic research of the Jewish civilization there. The number of events and activities organized by Sefer is considerable: three annual conferences, publishing books, sending lecturers on Jewish Studies to different towns, internships for young teachers in Moscow, etc. However, the most important branch is, of course, education.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2016
Hebrew Learning Ideologies and the Reconceptualization of American Judaism: Language Debates in American Jewish Schooling in the Early 20th Century
This article examines the ways in which Hebrew education was construed in the United States by tracing the Hebrew ideology debate of the early and mid-1900s, when dramatic changes were made to modernize Jewish schooling and its place within American society. Focusing on the Hebrew learning ideologies and educational philosophies of Samson Benderly and his followers, it examines how the Ivrit b’Ivrit movement – teaching Jewish content in Modern Hebrew – re-conceptualized Hebrew education not only as a form of language acquisition, but as a means of defining and giving shape to American Judaism for the Jewish immigrant community at that time.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2015
Exposing Young Children to Hebrew as a Second Language and to the Jewish Culture - A MOFET International Webinar
The number of children who are raised with two or more languages has increased worldwide. While Hebrew is the first language for many people living in Israel, it constitutes a second or a foreign language for Jews who live in the Diaspora. In this MOFET International webinar in Hebrew to be held on January 07, 2016 at 10 pm IST, Dr. Efrat Harel will focus on exposing young children to Hebrew as a second or third language, and will consist of three parts: (1) Theories of second-language acquisition among adults as compared to children will be introduced as the framework; (2) Authentic ways of teaching young children a second or a foreign language, focusing on the integration of games, will be discussed; and (3) The Hebrew language and some of the challenges that may be experienced by Hebrew teachers in the Diaspora will be examined.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2015
Since 2007, Hebrew language charter schools – publicly-financed K-8 schools teaching Modern Hebrew to religiously, linguistically, and culturally diverse students – have emerged in cities across the United States. This article analyzes the contested notion of language ownership by exploring a set of discussions in over 75 articles in the American Jewish press about Hebrew charters. This article demonstrates how anxieties about communal production and reproduction are traceable through the circulated discourses about Hebrew learning.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2015
As a follow-up to last year's online conference on teaching Hebrew, MOFET Institute's International Channel is delighted to offer an online seminar, Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language, between February 1-11, 2016. This professional development seminar will expose its participants to a range of crucial issues in the field and afford them an opportunity to experiment with various methods and tools for teaching Hebrew as an additional language.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2015