Sep. 14, 2016
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains handy resources for the High Holidays season, information items about educational tourism to Israel and Eastern Europe, cutting edge educational technology and much more.
We are happy to share with you Debbie Harris' account of the birth of Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago's new Innovation Studio Space.
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy is offering online courses in the didactics of teaching diverse disciplines. The courses, which are held in a range of languages including English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic, are intended for anyone who has an interest in teaching – teachers, teacher educators, researchers, policy makers, etc.

In that regard, we would like to invite you to our Online Open Days with the heads of our various online programs and courses. Here we will try to answer any questions you may have on the Online Academy: the nature of distance learning, course contents and structure, and requirements, as well as costs, registration options, payment, certificates, and accreditation.

Wishing you a wonderful and productive New Year,
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The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

September 14, 2016 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
September 2016
Featured Items
NewCAJE Tishrei Resource Book
At NewCAJE 7 in Naperville, Illinois, two workshop blocks were devoted to the teaching of the Tishrei holidays with more of an emphasis on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur than on Sukkot. The calendar often gives educators an opportunity to teach Sukkot during the holiday, if not before it, but the High Holidays often are not taught or taught sparsely, and usually not systematically. This year, we are most fortunate that the High Holidays come much later in the fall — beginning as they do at the very beginning of October. NewCAJE wants to make available to you all of the workshops from the two workshop blocks and their content. The presenters were asked to write up their workshops so that someone who did not attend their session also could benefit from them. They were asked to include full stories, links to music, etc., so that everything here would be available to you and easy to access for your teaching.
Pardes Brings Together Teachers across Denominations to Tackle Tefilah Crisis in Schools
At the start of the summer vacation, twenty four teachers, spanning grades 2-12, across denominations and from throughout the U.S., participated in the Aleinu Leshabe’ach II: Conference on Tefilah in Jewish Day Schools. The five-day conference, run by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE) with support from the AVI CHAI Foundation, aimed to work with teachers on the front lines who are seeking ways to make tefilah (prayer) more meaningful in their schools.
Expanding Frontiers and Affirming Belonging: Youth Travel to Israel - A View from Latin America
By looking at the different youth trips as part of the educational system and organizational order of Jewish life, this article sheds light on the significance that factors such as institutional density, social capital and communal legacy have on the nature and scope of these trips, their character, time extent and goals. It incorporates a regional perspective in order to examine the varying array of youth trips amidst an increasingly interconnected Jewish world. For this purpose, several characteristics of Jewish life in Latin America are underscored in a comparative perspective; highlighting the role Zionism and Israel have played as identity referents and community builders, in order to approach the differentiated nature of the trips. The related cognitive and existential dimension s associated with the trips’ experiences are central factors in the socializing process of youth. Israel becomes the territorial and symbolic space in which strong and durable collective bonds are expected to develop, though the goals and natures of the various trips themselves may vary.
The New Innovation Studio Space at Schechter Chicago
Debbie Harris, Educational Technology Director at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, shares with us her dream learning space and its realization – The Innovation Studio Space which greeted the Schechter staff and students the beginning of this school year. We learn how the school community took to the Studio and what might happen as the school year moves on.
Educational Resources for Rosh HaShana 2016
Jacob Richman has posted on his website 70 links to materials about Rosh Hashana, ranging from laws and customs to games and recipes, as well as RH greeting cards, in English, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Russian and Spanish. The site also contains a Rosh HaShana Photo Gallery with a rich selection.
September 2016
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Towards a Social History of Jewish Educational Tourism Research
Thoughts on Core Country and Jewish Identification: Context, Process, Output, Implications

Formal Education

Teaching about the Holocaust in Israel: A Pedagogical Approach Adopted by the Israeli Ministry of Education
The Contribution of School Climate and Teaching Quality to the Improvement of Learning Achievements, According to an External Evaluation System

Informal Education

'From the Depths of Emotion and Awareness': Educational Program Development and Non - Formal Activities of the Youth Travel to Poland under the Ministry of Education 1988 - 2008
“He had a Ceremony—I had a Party”: Bar Mitzvah Ceremonies vs. Bat Mitzvah Parties in Israeli Culture

Teacher Education

Educator Versus Subject Matter Teacher: The Conflict Between Two Sub-Identities in Becoming a Teacher

In-Service Training

Hebrew Language Instruction at Jewish Day Schools – A Webinar

Education & Administration

Number of Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools Rises by 40%

Israel Education

Birthright’s Young Business Leadership Program Completes 6th Year
Moving between Israel and America: Future Jewish Leaders Doing Dialogue, Mifgash and Peoplehood
Urgent Questions, Pressing Problems, and Emerging Paradigms in Jewish Peoplehood Education
Reshaping Jewish Lives? - American Jewish College Students and the Trip to Israel
Expanding Frontiers and Affirming Belonging: Youth Travel to Israel - A View from Latin America
Jewish Agency Program Connects Israeli and Diaspora Schools
Israel Education Standards and Benchmarks: Which Waze Do We Go?

Technology & Computers

Augmenting Our Realities (in Jewish Education)
The Online Judaic Studies Consortium – A Bridge to Jewish Learning
JETS Israel Is Seeking Ivrit Teachers Located in Israel
The New Innovation Studio Space at Schechter Chicago

Conferences & Events

Pardes Brings Together Teachers across Denominations to Tackle Tefilah Crisis in Schools
From Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: An Educators Conference
NewCAJE Holds 7th Annual Conference
Limmud Communities across North America to Create Regional Hub
Studying Nechama Leibowitz: Her Educational Approach and Personal Life

Learning Resources

NewCAJE Tishrei Resource Book
Now Available: We Plant Seeds: A How-to Guide for Effective Jewish Service-learning Programs
18 Ways Israel is Changing the World – An Exhibition
Three Reasons You Should Use Sefaria for the New School Year
Educational Resources for Rosh HaShana 2016
Shaboom! Online Animated Series for Kids Launches Five New Episodes
September 2016
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