May. 24, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains research findings, educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications. We have especially included educational resources for Yom Yerushalayim and Shavuot which we celebrate this week.
We are happy to share with you an original research article written by the well known Israeli educator, Rav Johnny Solomon, about Nurturing Religious Growth among Women's Seminary Students. We have also included several other research articles on fostering religious growth in Jewish education institutions. 

We take this opportunity to invite all stakeholders in Hebrew language education to participate in MOFET International's two day face to face meetup in Tel Aviv on July 9-10, 2017. The Meetup will deal with Research and Practice in Teaching Hebrew and will offer an opportunity to meet with Hebrew language educators and researchers from around the world! Sign up today to reserve your place!

Wishing you joyous and meaningful celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim and Chag Shavuot,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

May 24, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
May 2017
Featured Items
Research and Practice in Teaching Hebrew – A MOFET International Summer Meetup
The MOFET International Channel, the Channel for Inter-Collegial MeetUps, and the International Forum for Teachers of Hebrew as an Additional Language at The MOFET Institute, are delighted to invite you to two summer sessions on teaching Hebrew as an additional language to be held at The MOFET Institute on July 9-10, 2017.
Religious Change & Religious Counsel: Nurturing Growth among Women's Seminary Students
As a teacher at a women’s seminary I am very interested in the process of religious change among my students, and especially, in the role that teachers play in fostering religious change. Since one of the institutions where I teach places considerable emphasis on informal student-teacher relationships, I decided to use a case study that I had to complete as part of my Masters in Jewish Education to explore this topic further. While I learnt many things from my case study, I believe that the following lessons are worthwhile sharing.
Calling Jewish Educators: Free Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt Resource
In this FREE Jewish educators' resource guide, we will give you a basis for a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt activity and we will give you a list of our favorite Jerusalem/Israel resources. This guide can be used by formal and informal Jewish education settings alike. The Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt resource guide can be great for planning a Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) activity, or even as part of your Hebrew school or summer camp Jerusalem curriculum.
Toldot Yisrael - Documenting Israel's 1948 Generation
Called by former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, “a project of paramount importance for Israel and its supporters worldwide,” Toldot Yisrael is a Jerusalem based nonprofit dedicated to recording and sharing the firsthand testimonies of the men and women who helped found the State of Israel. Since 2007, Toldot Yisrael has been interviewing the members of Israel’s 1948 generation in order to capture and preserve the epic story of Israel's founding before it is too late. So far, we have interviewed more than 850 of Israel's founders and recorded over 3,000 hours of powerful and unique footage. Toldot Yisrael’s aim is to conduct hundreds more – while it is still possible.
Limmud Chavruta Releases Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Resource for Shavuot 2017
The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its fourth downloadable Chavruta study materials for your Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. This year the material is on the theme of Peoplehood, and invites us to explore the relationship between choice and recognition, the diversity of Jewish identity today, and the very essence of what it means to be a people. Each source consists of one or more texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.
Shavuot Activities for Kids
The holiday of Shavuot tends to lack many of the kid-friendly themes that are part of the richness of other holidays. Here are a number of ways that we can connect our children and students to this special holiday.
May 2017
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
New Project Will Explore How Jewish Early Childhood Education Can be a Gateway for Ongoing Involvement in Jewish Life

Formal Education

Enhancing Language and Print-Concept Skills by Using Interactive Storybook Reading in Kindergarten
Learning How Jews Think: How Educators Conceptualize the Study of Rabbinics
Education Across the Divide: Shared Learning of Separate Jewish and Arab Schools in a Mixed City in Israel

Informal Education

Let's Get Campers Jumping and Running to Learn Hebrew!
The Long-Term Effects of Youth Mentoring on Student Mentors' Civic Engagement Attitudes and Behavior
Confronting the Religious Apathy Crisis: A Schoolwide Program for Religious Growth
JustCity Leadership Institute 2017: A Precollege Program in Change Leadership
Religious Change & Religious Counsel: Nurturing Growth among Women's Seminary Students
Israel Putting Bankers in Classrooms to Teach Finance and Economics
EuroStars Trip Brings a Thousand Jewish Students to Europe

In-Service Training

Personalize Your Instruction with BetterLesson

Education & Administration

There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?
Outcomes of Jewish Education and the Philanthropic Community
Learners Matter Most: The Rest Is Commentary
Day School Tuition Break Gives Struggling Canadian Families Precious ‘Wiggle Room’

Israel Education

The Arab/Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Source of Inspiration?
How Can We Make Israel More Than Just a Holiday?
Sanhedrin Trail to Be Israel’s First Interactive Hiking Path

Technology & Computers

Teenage Peer-To-Peer Knowledge Sharing through Social Network Sites in Secondary Schools
Teens Studying Technology Teach Holocaust Survivors to Surf the Internet

Conferences & Events

Research and Practice in Teaching Hebrew – A MOFET International Summer Meetup
When General Education Research Informs the Teaching of Sacred Text

Learning Resources

Mercaz Halacha Learning Materials and the HESBER Website
Calling Jewish Educators: Free Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt Resource
Music and the Holocaust
Through Animation, a New Breath of Life for the Fallen
Limmud Chavruta Releases Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Resource for Shavuot 2017
Shavuot Activities for Kids
Toldot Yisrael - Documenting Israel's 1948 Generation
May 2017
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