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This is the last item to be published in MOFET’s Jewish Educational Portal. At the end of thirteen years of fruitful and blessed activity, the Mofet Institute has decided to suspend the activity of the portal for Jewish education, and as of September 1, 2021, it will no longer be updated. This decision was not an easy one as MOFET realizes the value of the portal for educators in the various Jewish communities around the world, especially for institutions for the training of educators for the Jewish world. Nevertheless, the Mofet Institute has undergone a reorganization process over the last years, involving decisions about the channels of activity on which it will focus and specialize in the coming years. As part of this process, Mofet has decided to focus on other areas of teacher training, professional development, and research. We thank our loyal subscribers for their support, guidance, advice, comments and feedback throughout the years. We especially thank the many researchers, educators and administrators that have shared the fruits of their labor with our community in their original articles published in the portal. For the foreseeable future, the corpus of the portal along with its search capabilities will remain online for the further use of the global Jewish education community. You are invited to keep contact with the MOFET Institute at our Teacher Education Portal at: http://education.eng.macam.ac.il For now, Farewell, The Portal Team
Published: 2021
Updated: Aug. 09, 2021
Summer is approaching, and thanks to the vaccine rollout, travel restrictions in Europe are, in many places, being eased — at least somewhat. It is clear, though, that virtual tours and online exploration of cultural heritage will continue to play a major role in our “travel” experience. Museums and heritage sites are grappling with how to move forward into the post (or waning) pandemic period with a hybrid on on-site and on-line offers. Last year, early in the pandemic, we posted links to many virtual tours and presentations. Here are two more that have been created and posted online in recent months. Both are in Poland and are particularly detailed, providing extensive information that combine text and visuals, as well as links to external videos.
Published: 2021
Updated: Jul. 01, 2021
Tisha B’Av is the Jewish fast day mourning the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people on this date, most significantly, the destruction of the First and Second Beit Hamikdash (Temples). Tisha B’Av is preceded by a period of three weeks of mourning, with even further restrictions taking place the nine days immediately before the fast. Below is a collection of Tisha B’Av lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Published: 2021
Updated: Jul. 01, 2021
The school year is coming to a close in the northern hemisphere, and in-class parties (to the extent they are not on Zoom) have begun. A sine qua non is food, of course. But the typical end-of-year rituals include more than just treats: award ceremonies, outdoor fun in the fresh air, time capsules (lots of pandemic memories to store away for a later date), a recap of the past year, or sharing of summer plans. A Hebrew teacher in one of my schools ended the year in a most atypical way. She used the last week of school to continue teaching…but with games. Here are three of her favorites and the reasons why these games were my favorites too–even though I was only invited to observe, never to play.
Published: 2021
Updated: Jun. 22, 2021