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After nearly two months of intense social distancing, we are all finding ourselves longing for things to return to normal — and recognizing that it might be a long while before that happens. But is a return to business as usual really what we should aim for? The extended disruption gives us a chance to take stock of how we’ve operated up to now, consider alternatives and even build a better vision for the future. We’re already seeing that happen across the Jewish world. Jews of all denominations have tapped digital tools to deliver the Torah and connection that had been largely analog. The heartbeats of Jewish life — weddings, funerals, bar and bat mitzvahs, studying Torah, cooking together, telling jokes and daily minyanim — have been reimagined to match the circumstances. And communities are stepping up to support their neediest members in new ways. But those have mostly been quick fixes, responsive and scattershot rather than carefully considered and coordinated. What if we had a shared vision for the Jewish future, so we could do more than just fumble our way there?
Updated: May. 18, 2020
In the past few weeks, thousands of people around the world, who were only marginally connected to Jewish learning, if at all, have attended online classes. They are homebound, in desperate search for connection, intellectual stimulation and safe activities. We have a whole new population of learners who has joined the ranks of those who already participated regularly in classes. When life goes back to normal and people are allowed to leave their homes, go to work, etc., what will happen to those students? Will they turn around and say “thank you, this was great, but now I can go back to what I did before?” Or will they have experienced something that has deeply touched their souls and from which they can no longer move away? Will these new learners join our in-person classes? Or will they expect online learning options? What offerings will we, educators, need to create for them?
Updated: Apr. 30, 2020
The technological developments of our time allow each person to learn anywhere, anytime. Today, a connection to the internet is all one needs in order to access professional and vocational courses, public sector training courses, and courses and content from the leading educational institutions in Israel and throughout the world. Campus-IL is an open digital platform which enables all citizens of the State of Israel, whether from the center or the periphery, to connect to a personalized learning experience, through the best lecturers and teachers in their specific fields, free of cost.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2019
Israel’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Diaspora Affairs will allocate more than $2 million to the Jewish Agency for its school twinning network, primarily to fund its expansion to 500 additional Israel-Diaspora educational partnerships.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2018
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT (New Excellent Teacher Training) program’s offerings for this summer! All classes are designed to so that teachers can login and participate in the class for ANY two hours a week that they choose, night or day.
Updated: May. 23, 2018
Gratz College is pleased to announce the granting of generous scholarships for up to 65% tuition provided for two graduate programs: Master of Arts in Education - Jewish Instructional Education (36 credits) and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management - Jewish Educational Administration (36 credits). Graduate degrees in Education and Nonprofit Management support greater job competency, increased marketability and more diversified skills for Jewish organizational administrators, day and supplementary school educators, and educators working in Jewish organizations. The fellowship is available to working professionals in the American Jewish community.
Updated: May. 09, 2018
Israel Connect, a program where older North American adults tutor Israeli kids in English once a week via video chat began in 2011 as a side project of Sarah Gordon, a Canadian with Israeli parents who taught Hebrew in Ottawa. A former classmate of Gordon who taught English in Israel told her about some of her Arab-Israeli students who were struggling to pick up what would be their third language. So Gordon matched them with Canadian seniors she knew who could tutor them from afar.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2018
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this winter! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
Online programs are becoming more ubiquitous in higher education; however, there has been a lack of research on the merit of this style of educating. Using the concept of constructivism as a framework, the idea that individuals construct their own understanding of world experiences, the authors generated a case study to explore the efficacy of teaching “havruta study,” text analysis in student pairs with instructor facilitation, in an online format. Findings suggest that, through careful consideration of communication styles and student needs, highly interactive in-house courses can be adapted to online settings.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2017
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this fall! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2017