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The breathtaking pace of change brought on by the pandemic has generated extraordinary excitement and possibilities as well as a fair amount of anxiety—is the change too fast, without considering the positives of what was before? This issue of the journal looks at what we have learned from the crisis as we look forward.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora ffairs has invited Herzog College to head up a Global Resource Center to support Jewish schools around the world, with a budget of NIS 38 million ($12 million) for the first two years. Herzog College will be managing and expanding the UnitED Diaspora initiative, which started four years ago and, together with its partners, has already had a substantial impact on 70 schools across Europe and Latin America.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2021
There were more than 72,000 Jewish educators working in the United States in 2019, according to a new study from the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) that aims to better understand and support the Jewish educational workforce.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2021
TalentEducators is a global initiative that aims to address the growing challenge of recruiting and retaining high-quality educators in Jewish education. To achieve their goals, they map the demand in Jewish formal and informal education, profile those who can deliver, and ultimately match them successfully while providing them with a support network and mentoring. Their long-term goal is to discover untapped talent, those who with the right training, mentoring and support can become excellent Jewish educators.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2021
The Covenant Foundation announced the recipients of the 2021 Covenant Award today, honoring three Jewish educators who are forging change in the field of Jewish education, and the Jewish community at large. Helene Drobenare-Horwitz, Executive Director, Young Judaea Sprout Camps, New York, NY; Anna Hartman, Director of Early Childhood Excellence, Jewish United Fund, and Director of the Paradigm Project, Chicago, IL; Judith Turner, Senior Program Officer for Volunteer Services and Intergenerational Program Engagement, DOROT, New York, NY, are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish Education.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021
One of the most important things Jewish educators can do is model life-long learning. Using the summer months to invest in yourself as a learner and as a professional is an effective way to grow as an educator, deepen your impact on students, and remain inspired! See below for more information about Pardes’ various summer professional development opportunities.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2021
A year ago it didn’t exist, but today the Israel Travel Alliance hosts about 40 trip providers and up to 10 foundations on regular Zoom calls. The virtual meetings used to focus on how to sustain connections with Israel during the pandemic. Now they focus on if, when and how the country will begin admitting tourists and students again.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2021
Moving beyond COVID-19: What needs to be done to help preserve and enhance Jewish communal life [in Great Britain]?
This report touches on multiple themes, including the economic needs of disadvantaged households, how best to maintain the Jewish charitable sector, the importance of supporting local synagogue communities and Jewish schools, how to address the potential harmful effects of the pandemic on the community’s informal educational infrastructure, health measures that should be considered to help protect lives, intracommunal relations, and issues around the use of technology to help support and bolster Jewish life.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2021
As a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, TalentEducators is tasked with addressing a problem that has existed for decades in education: a shortage of talented educators. Our mission centers on recruiting, retaining, and supporting Jewish educators and Jewish education, and since March, we have consistently experienced and identified a shift that CASJE’s interim report reveal: that employers in day schools are building their benches and that experiential and early childhood employers are hiring fewer full-time staff. In this article, we would like to contribute a new finding from our experience in the field.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2021
Jewish educators are not just looking to life beyond the proverbial cave and the day after COVID, but are continuing to do what good educators do: reflect on their practice and learn from their prior experiences. From these adverse and confronting times, educators have begun to see pedagogic practices that will impact Jewish education beyond the pandemic. Some educators are bold enough to declare that from this great disruption will emerge tremendous innovation, that the new normal will look nothing like what existed prior to pandemic, or even just that technology has opened their eyes up to new potential and possibilities. Some of my colleagues and I have dubbed these new possibilities as our COVID Keepers – what we think might prevail when all of this is over. We’re proud to share some of our thoughts on COVID Keepers below.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2021