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With all of its devastation and challenges, the past year shone a light on critical issues that many believe will, and should, deeply inform Jewish education beyond the pandemic. As continues to be evident from the contributions in this eJP series from leading figures, understanding our learners as whole people who need the benefits and support that good education offers remains a high priority for Jewish education. Whereas once many educators may have declared that the purpose of Jewish education was to make people more Jewish, we now hear that for Jewish education to be successful it must help to make individuals stronger versions of themselves and more integrated and influential members of the communities in which they live. What the following contributors emphasize is that whether it’s in classrooms, campsites, conference centers, or online, we are witnessing a Jewish education sector that has risen to the occasion of this pandemic, and in doing so also begun to pave a way for thriving Jewish education into the future.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2021
We are getting a lot of questions about how our fields within Jewish education are doing at this unique moment. As the pandemic has continued – and the depth of its impact on life becomes more acutely felt – we continue to try and make sense of the effect this has on Jewish education and how our fields continue to adapt. We try to reflect, often in real time, on what we are experiencing, how we can support educators and families, and what the future may look like. We share insight below from each of our fields – Early Childhood Education, Part-Time Jewish Education, Day Schools, Jewish Camp, Teen Engagement and Education, and College Engagement and Education.
Updated: Aug. 18, 2020
We are thrilled to announce the launching of Maimonides Moot Court Competition (MMCC) as the premiere program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics through a prism of Jewish legal tradition. Powered by the Hadar Institute and supported by Maimonides Fund, the Maimonides Moot Court Competition builds upon the international competitions for high school and college students previously known as Moot Beit Din, in which participants defend ethical arguments grounded in Jewish wisdom in response to a modern ethical issue.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2020
This article presents original qualitative research applying paired text study, havruta learning, to the secular college classroom. I adapted this method to a first-year seminar in a public university and found that students perceived that havruta improved their abilities to verbalize their understandings through reading text aloud and debating one another, opened their eyes to new perspectives, engaged them in argumentation, and empowered them to take charge of learning.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2019
We are excited to announce that applications for the spring 2019 semester of The Nachshon Project are now open. Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2018. The Nachshon Project, an endeavor of Legacy Heritage, cultivates future Jewish leaders by encouraging outstanding college students to pursue professional careers in service to the Jewish community. Fellows spend the second semester of their junior year of college, studying abroad tuition-free, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Together with a cohort of peers, Fellows are provided with an in-depth Israel education, an immersion in Jewish texts, exposure to a variety of Jewish beliefs, and a wider understanding of Jewish career opportunities.
Updated: May. 30, 2018
Shalem College’s second president, Prof. Isaiah M. Gafni, welcomed 53 new students to campus the first week of November, 2016, urging them to “retain the extraordinary passion for learning” that brought them to the college throughout their next four years. Hailing from all parts of the country, and representing a diverse religious and ideological spectrum, Shalem’s over-subscribed Class of 2020 are united by their impressive record of service, commitment to learning, and academic accomplishment—traits that define the college’s first three pioneering classes as well, and “continue Shalem’s tradition of excellence,” in the words of Provost Dr. Daniel Polisar.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2017
Israel's first liberal arts college will open its doors this fall. The four-year degree program at the new Shalem College, located on the Jewish Agency’s campus in the East Talpiot neighborhood in Jerusalem, will teach a broad curriculum like those found in American liberal arts colleges, and will use financial incentives to encourage students to be active in campus life.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
JData.com is a groundbreaking online database offering Jewish educators across North America unprecedented high-quality, reliable, and practical information. Sponsored by the Jim Joseph Foundation and operated by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, JData allows educational organizations to enter their data into a standardized profile form and to easily produce reports and analyses based on both their own organizations' data and the aggregated data of comparable organizations across North America. This previously inaccessible information can be used in planning, communications, public relations, and recruitment.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2010
Areyvut is currently seeking high school and college interns for Summer 2010. The internship program will run from June 7 through July 23 with the option to stay on after the completion of the program. The program will take place in the Areyvut office located in Bergenfield, NJ. Schedule accommodations for high school students and others will be made as needed.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2010