Oct. 30, 2014
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

We are delighted to send you the October 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 month we have a number of listings dealing with the aftermath of this summer's Protective Edge operation in Gaza as well as some interesting opportunities to sharpen your Yiddish speaking skills.
The MOFET International online international conference Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language, will take place on May 10-11, 2015. Please note: The academic committee of the conference has decided to respond positively to requests to postpone the deadline for submitting proposals until Sunday, November 30, 2014. Share your research and field work on Hebrew education with an international audience.

Wishing you interesting and productive reading,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

October 30, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
October 2014
Featured Items
The Global Day of Jewish Learning 2014 - November 16
The Global Day of Jewish Learning, a project of the Aleph Society and Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, is one day a year in which over 500 communities will study a common theme. It reaches every corner of the Jewish world, with communities from over 40 countries on six continents participating and brings Jews of all backgrounds together in a day of study. We believe it is the largest world-wide community study of Jewish texts. This year’s Global Day is Sunday, November 16, 2014. This year’s theme ““Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book” explores biblical characters.
Computer-Mediated Communication and the Reduction of Prejudice: A Controlled Longitudinal Field Experiment among Jews and Arabs in Israel
The promise of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to reduce intergroup prejudice has generated mixed results. Theories of CMC yield alternative and mutually exclusive explanations about mechanisms by which CMC fosters relationships online with potential to ameliorate prejudice. This research tests contact-hypothesis predictions and two CMC theories on multicultural, virtual groups who communicated during a yearlong online course focusing on educational technology. Groups included students from the three major Israeli education sectors—religious Jews, secular Jews, and Muslims—who completed pretest and posttest prejudice measures. Two sets of control subjects who did not participate in virtual groups provided comparative data.
U.S. Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict: A Survey of Birthright Israel Applicants
This study examines the reactions of a diverse group of young adults (applicants to Taglit-Birthright Israel) to the 2014 conflict in Gaza. The report compares their responses to the opinions of young adults in the U.S. The findings are based on a survey conducted in early August 2014 of a sample of U.S. based individuals who applied to the trip—both participants and nonparticipants--from 2011 to 2013. Survey questions focused on media consumption, opinions about Israel's and Hamas' action during the conflict, and support for Israel.
Mechon Hadar to House 'Project Zug' Connecting through Global Jewish Learning
In a move that will dramatically expand the number of Jews in Israel, the US and around the globe connecting one-to-one online through substantive Jewish content, Project Zug – an online learning start-up – is moving in-house to Mechon Hadar.The initiative will now be called: “Project Zug: Connecting through Global Jewish Learning, powered by Mechon Hadar.” Founded two years ago by American rabbinical student – Benjamin Ross – and an Israeli educator – Hagit Bartuv, Project Zug has achieved considerable start-up success, pairing more than 200 people of diverse backgrounds for weekly online learning sessions.
Atid Day School Innovation Challenge
The Atid Day Day School Innovation Challenge is an online platform designed to celebrate creative teachers and share their groundbreaking classroom ideas with the world. The platform, will serve as both a competition hub and a living archive of classroom innovations. For the originators of this project – the PresenTense Group, the Jewish Education Project, and the UJA Federation of New York – the long-term vision extends far beyond the challenge itself. Their mission is to foster systemic implementation of innovations and educational best practices within Jewish day schools in the NYC metropolitan area.
October 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Civil Sanctity and National Memorial Days: An Analysis of Israeli Teachers’ Educational Belief
Shared Measurement Tools for Jewish Education: Could It Happen?
Does Your Prayer Service Induce Boredom, or Is It Engaging and Uplifting?

Informal Education

Registration for 2015-2016 Repair the World Fellowship Opens

Adult Education

Sailing To Understand Talmud and Torah

Teacher Education

A Multicultural View of Mathematics Male - Teachers at Israeli Primary Schools
Experiential Jewish Education for All
CASJE Jewish Educational Leadership Research Initiative
How to Attract, Prepare and Keep Good Day School Teachers
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class

In-Service Training

My Ivriyon 2014
The 2015-16 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

Education & Administration

A Three-Pronged Approach to Boosting Day School Enrollment in a Low-to-Slow-Growth Market

Israel Education

Israel Seminars North America Winter Tour: December 4 – 14, 2014
Skilled Volunteers for Israel
U.S. Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict: A Survey of Birthright Israel Applicants
2012-13 Israel Studies Report and Directory
Israeli Mobilization and the Overseas Volunteers in the Six-Day War
JCF-NEXT Birthright Experience Pilot
Taking Day School Students on a Journey into the Gaza-Israel Conflict Of 2014

Technology & Computers

Mechon Hadar to House 'Project Zug' Connecting through Global Jewish Learning
Computer-Mediated Communication and the Reduction of Prejudice: A Controlled Longitudinal Field Experiment among Jews and Arabs in Israel
The International, Global and Intercultural Dimensions in Schools: An Analysis of Four Internationalised Israeli Schools

Conferences & Events

Jedcamp on a Roll
The Global Day of Jewish Learning 2014 - November 16
2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

Learning Resources

Yiddish Goes Virtual With Online Classes
Gathering the Voices: Disseminating the Message of the Holocaust for the Digital Generation by Applying an Interdisciplinary Approach
Atid Day School Innovation Challenge
The Shabbat Resource Page
October 2014
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