Sep. 23, 2014
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

We are happy 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 month's listings include items on High Holiday learning resources, teacher education, Hebrew language education, Israel education and much more.

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May the approaching New Year be one of health, peace and spiritual growth for all mankind!

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

September 23, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
September 2014
Featured Items
High Holiday Online Resources
The Lookstein Center has published an updated collection of online Jewish Educational resources on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to help you with your personal and classroom preparations for the Yamim Noraim. This rich listing will be of great help to all.
“My Heart Is in the East and I Am in the West”: Enduring Questions of Israel Education in North America
By examining writing about Israel education since the founding of the State, this paper highlights three questions that have surfaced repeatedly in Jewish educational discourse: What is the purpose of teaching American Jews about Israel? Who is best equipped to teach American Jews about Israel? How can Israel education foster positive identification with Israel without whitewashing over the imperfections of the Jewish State? By exploring how each question has manifested in Jewish education, it examines why—for very different reasons—these questions have endured over time, and considers what it might take to arrive at lasting conclusions about them.
Matara – Fourth Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders
The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, in partnership with Limmud International, welcomes applications to participate in the 4th MATARA programme for European Jewish Youth Educators and Activists to take place from the 26th December 2014 to the 1st January 2015 at the Limmud UK conference. Matara is a self-contained training programme where participants work as a group to gain knowledge and skills essential to educators and educationally-oriented activists within their Jewish community.
Hebrew Education in the United States: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
This article sketches the trajectory of Hebrew education in the United States from the early 1900s to the present. Attending to the historiography of Hebrew education, it shows how current curricula and pedagogical approaches have been stamped by historical considerations and language ideologies, how goals and strategies have changed (or remained the same) over time, and how the evolution of the field has been driven both by internal dynamics within the Jewish community and by changes in the broader social and political context of the United States. It concludes with a framework for constructing a meaningful research agenda for the future.
Preparing Jewish Educators: The Research We Have, the Research We Need
This article discusses the research we have and the research we need in both general and Jewish teacher education. First, the author discusses three recent efforts to synthesize and assess existing research in teacher education and to identify needed research. Next, she reviews a handful of recent studies in Jewish teacher education, which illustrate various research genres and provide a taste of what more coordinated studies could generate in the way of usable knowledge. She concludes by proposing three programs of research on the education of Jewish educators.
September 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Jewish Identity Complex: Why We Cannot, and Should Not, Get Along
Celebrating the Journal’s Anniversary and Preparing for a Transition
The New Journal of Jewish Education at Ten: An Appraisal
Theories of Americanization and the Jewish Educational Experience in the United States (From the Turn of the 20th Century to the Late 1930's)
Educational Attitudes and Language Choice at the Birth of a Progressive Yiddish-language Folks Shule in Argentina

Formal Education

Why Are There So Few Men in Jewish Nursery School Classrooms?
Carpe Diem: Let’s Get the (Jewish Community School) Movement Together
Upending the Grammar of the Conventional Religious School
Hebrew Education in the United States: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
Religiosity, Reading and Educational Achievement among Jewish Students in Israel
Israel's Official Policy with Regard to Teaching Evolution in Public Schools

Informal Education

Experiential Jewish Education Has Arrived! Now What?
New Jewish Specialty Camps: From Idea to Reality

Teacher Education

Preparing Jewish Educators: The Research We Have, the Research We Need

Israel Education

Tikvah Overseas Seminar for Yeshiva and Midrasha Students in Israel
“My Heart Is in the East and I Am in the West”: Enduring Questions of Israel Education in North America
The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family
As the School Year Begins in Ukraine, Memories of a Summer in Israel Linger

Conferences & Events

Matara – Fourth Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders

Learning Resources

Ivrit Plus
High Holiday Online Resources
The Jewish Museum Launches New Website
September 2014
 
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