Oct. 17, 2010
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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.

This issue contains a collection of items from research publications which give a deeper insight into some of the issues facing Jewish education around the world.

We have also included a number of learning resources which will be of help to many educators out in the field. 

Please feel free to use the response system at the end of each item; we welcome your comments and insights and would be very happy to hear from you what type of information you would like to be included in the MOFET JTEC Portal.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

October 17, 2010 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
October 2010
Featured Items
Shluvim – MOFET Institute's New Social Network for Israeli Educators
Recently, a new Hebrew language social network for Israeli educators, Shluvim, was launched by the MOFET Institute. The network aims to create a virtual meeting place for education professionals, teachers, lecturers, pedagogic mentors, researchers and others. Shluvim will strive to efficiently meet the needs for ongoing knowledge sharing, creation of communal knowledge, professional development and affective development and support between Israeli education professionals. Shluvim aims to provide a platform for teachers and teacher educators to keep professionally informed and in contact with colleagues and developments in the field and thus fostering personal empowerment.
An Exploration of Moshe Greenberg's Religious Vision and its Manifestation in His Bible Scholarship and Writings on Bible
This article is an attempt to explore the religious vision of Moshe Greenberg in some detail, and in particular, to analyze how his approach to education is applied to and reflected in his ideas about the teaching and learning of Bible, and in his own Bible scholarship itself. The paper examines the connection between Greenberg's philosophy of religion and Wilfred Cantwell Smith's conception of religion as a collection of religious “symbols,” one of which is the sacred text itself. The article includes an analysis of Greenberg's Bible scholarship and writings on Bible education.
Conflicts between Classical Jewish Texts and Contemporary Western Ethics
In this article, the author uses traditional and contemporary sources to tackle ethically questionable behavior by Biblical figures. He outlines a theoretical approach and then applies it in analyzing the Biblical account of Avram and Sarai in Egypt.
Creating Change in a Complex System: A New Perspective on the Role of Central Agencies for Jewish Education
This paper offers first a historical analysis of the role of central agencies for Jewish education in America, followed by a model of how central agencies today can best position themselves as communal change agents.
Animated Talmud: Introduction to the Talmud
Animated Talmud is a new online free computer program that teaches Talmud through animation sequences and interactive media making the learning process enjoyable, easy and clear. Introduction to the Talmud provides an overview of the Oral Tradition of the Torah, its development and codification. The student encounters Torah personalities & formative events of the Talmudic tradition, while acquiring the basic knowledge required for beginning Talmud study.
FSU Principals Learn Together in Israel
As summer was drawing to a close, 26 principals from the three Jewish education networks in the Former Soviet Union came together for an eight-day seminar, designed and implemented by the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to strengthen their managerial and other skills.
October 2010
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Initiative Bringing Secular Israelis to Yom Kippur Services
Teaching Ethnic History in School: Experience from the West and the Case of Jewish History in the Former Soviet Union. A Literature Review
Will the Real Franz Rosenzweig Please Stand Up?: Two Reflections on Two Educational Essays
An Exploration of Moshe Greenberg's Religious Vision and its Manifestation in His Bible Scholarship and Writings on Bible
Gil Graff, “And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: A Concise History of Jewish Education in the United States 1776-2000: Book Review
Highly Engaged Young American Jews: Contrasts in Generational Ethos
The First-Ever Survey of Jewish Choral Activity in North America

Formal Education

First Jewish Preschool in Half Century Opens in Serbia
Day Schools Focusing On Combating Abuse
Educating for an Ethical Jewish Community
Defining and Teaching Moral/Ethical Behavior in a School Setting
Conflicts between Classical Jewish Texts and Contemporary Western Ethics
Reflection and Connections: The Other Side of Integration
Judd Kruger Levingston, Sowing the Seeds of Character: The Moral Education of Adolescents in Public and Private Schools: Book Review

Informal Education

Areyvut: Teaching Jewish Ethics through Action
Torah Raps: Teaching the Bible Through Music

Adult Education

At Moishe House Birthright Moves In

Teacher Education

SHI Launches the Be’eri School for Teacher Education

In-Service Training

FSU Principals Learn Together in Israel

Education & Administration

Creating Change in a Complex System: A New Perspective on the Role of Central Agencies for Jewish Education

Israel Education

Eight US Universities to Launch Study Programs in Israel

Technology & Computers

Shluvim – MOFET Institute's New Social Network for Israeli Educators

Conferences & Events

Limmud: They Came, They Talked, They Listened, They Enquired
2011 Jack and Anita Hess Holocaust Education Seminar for Faculty

Learning Resources

The Promised Book Land: An Israeli Bookstore Offering Used Israeli and Jewish Books
Toldot Yisrael - Oral History of Israel Video Archive
Teaching Ethics
Curricula for Community Hebrew High Schools
Gannopedia Webtools: Studying with the Web
Animated Talmud: Introduction to the Talmud
October 2010
 
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