Nov. 18, 2009
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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 are happy to announce the opening of registration for the winter semester of MOFET Institute's Online Academy of Jewish Studies with a rich offering of courses for Jewish educators. We hope you will share this information with your colleagues. See details below.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading and a joyful Chanukah,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

November 18, 2009 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
November 2009
Featured Items
Summary of Key Findings of a Census of Jewish Day Schools in the United States - 2008-09
The AVI CHAI Foundation recently published a summary of key findings from the 2008-09 Census of Jewish Day Schools in the United States. Commissioned by AVI CHAI, this third census was conducted by Dr. Marvin Schick. The statistics in this summary include grade by grade enrollments for every Jewish day school in the Unites States.
Learning to Teach Online - ORT Israel
In the beginning of October, 2009, a unique project for learning to develop online lessons across the curriculum was launched. The project has been undertaken by ORT Israel's Administration for R&D and Training. Seventy teachers who are participating in the project will learn the principles of developing online lessons, develop online lessons and use them in their classes. These teachers, who are meant to be leaders of pedagogical innovation in the ORT network of schools, have been equipped with Netbook personal computers to facilitate their work.
For the Disabled, Birthright Trips Are Extra Special
Birthright, the 10 day Israel trip, which has brought some 220,000 Jews aged 18 to 26 to Israel since its inception in 2000, also runs specially tailored Birthright programs for those with disabilities. They have organized trips for young people with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, for the hearing impaired, the developmentally disabled and wheelchair users, and has had one trip for blind participants. By the end of 2009, at least 28 groups of people with special needs will have traveled to Israel on Birthright since 2003.
Israel Launches Cultural Center in Budapest
The Jewish Agency has laid the cornerstone for a new Israel Cultural Center in Budapest that could serve as a testing-ground for similar Israel-Diaspora centers worldwide. Modeled on other nations' foreign cultural services, the center will bring under one roof a wide range of activities connected to Israel, and will expose visitors to a many fields of Israeli culture.
The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism
The Bibliographic Project is a comprehensive online database accessible through Israel's university library network (ALEPH), and printed bibliographies. It lists books, dissertations, master's theses, and articles from periodicals and collections published throughout the world on the subject of anti-Semitism throughout the centuries, from the ancient period to the present. The database is cumulative and ongoing, now containing more than 50,000 items. Publications from 1984 onwards are accompanied by an English abstract.
The Online Academy of Jewish Studies at the MOFET Institute Has Opened its Gates!
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy is running its first semester and has opened registration for the winter semester of online courses whose main objective is to prepare teachers, educators and leaders in Jewish communities in the Diaspora for their mission. The courses, in areas that are suitable for educators and leaders in the Jewish world as well as students in universities and colleges in the fields of the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish subjects in the Diaspora, are taught via the internet, a-synchronously with synchronous components. The course developers and lecturers are all experts in their fields and senior staff members of Israel's top institutes of higher education.
November 2009
All Recent Items
Jewish Education - Trends
Meorot Journal - Special Edition on Modern Orthodox Education
HaYidiyon: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education - Parents
Covenant Foundation Announces 2009 Awardees for Excellence in Jewish Education
The Rebbe’s Teachings – Chabad Pre-schools Across the US

Formal Education

Summary of Key Findings of a Census of Jewish Day Schools in the United States - 2008-09

Informal Education

Jewish Social Action Month

Adult Education

The Gandel Institute for Adult Jewish Learning
Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
Torah Café – Online Video Learning

Teacher Education

Pardes Educators Program
The Online Academy of Jewish Studies at the MOFET Institute Has Opened its Gates!

In-Service Training

Fall 2009 Semester of Hidden Sparks Without Walls
Learning to Teach Online - ORT Israel
YU University-School Partnership Continuing Education Program Sessions
The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies - Faculty Seminars & Courses
Darim Educator Fellows - Spring Semester

Israel Education

Israel Launches Cultural Center in Budapest
Israel Connect
Generation Birthright Israel: The Impact of an Israel Experience on Jewish Identity and Choices
Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and Their Alienation from Israel
For the Disabled, Birthright Trips Are Extra Special

Technology & Computers

Kadima Mada Joins with Kav Or to Provide Distance Learning for Hospitalized Israeli Youth
Jewish and Israeli Twitter Lists
Why My Students Were Texting in Class…and Learning

Conferences & Events

International Conference on Conservative Judaism, Jerusalem
The Network for Research in Jewish Education - 24th Annual Conference – Call for Submissions
WCJCC Global Conference Kicks Off in Ramat Gan

Learning Resources

Gannopedia: Jewish Literacy Learning Tool
The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism
Midreshet – Learning Resources for Anyone Anywhere
November 2009
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