Sep. 07, 2011
Dear subscriber, 


MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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. Among the topics covered in this issue: resources for Jewish prayer in the classroom, virtual schools for Jewish education and the state of Hebrew language education.

With this issue we celebrate a milestone for the MOFET JTEC Portal. Since its launch we have indexed and published over a thousand information items covering all areas of Jewish education, sharing them regularly with Jewish educators across the globe. We plan to continue to serve the members of the Jewish education community, bringing them fresh, relevant information to help them enrich their professional knowledge and practice. We would love to hear from you about how you utilize the MOFET JTEC Portal and how we could make it more useful for you. 

We would like to invite you to participate in MOFET JTEC's offerings for professional development: 

What Kind of Prophet was Jonah? Lesson for Yom Kippur – an online webinar with Dr. Ruth Walfish
September 14, 2011 - Israel time: 19:00 – 20:30

The MOFET JTEC Online Academy for Jewish Studies – a rich selection of certificate programs for educators on the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish studies. The Fall semester will begin on October 30, 2011.

Wishing you a wonderful new school year (northern hemisphere) and a meaningful and rewarding New Year,

 
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

September 7, 2011 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
September 2011
Featured Items
Two MOFET JTEC Webinars to Open School Year
MOFET JTEC, Jewish Teacher Education Community of The MOFET Institute, is proud to present two online webinars without charge to the global Jewish education community at the beginning of the new (northern hemisphere) school year. Dr. Ruth Walfish will speak on 'What Kind of Prophet was Jonah? Lesson for Yom Kippur'. Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom will present on 'Jewish Peoplehood: Reflections on Teaching an Ambiguous Subject'.
The Practical Teshuva Workshop: A Model for Educating Toward Commitment
David I. Bernstein, Director of Machon Pardes in Jerusalem shares a model program which integrates cognitive, affective, and experiential education together providing students with the strongest possible ties to Jewish life. The “Practical Teshuva Workshop,” which he generally taught in the days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur has received the most vocal positive feedback from his students over the years.
The MOFET JTEC Online Academy for Jewish Studies to Offer Four New Courses in the Upcoming Fall, 2011 Semester
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy for Jewish Studies will be offering four new online courses for the Fall, 2011 semester. The Academy's main objective is to prepare teachers, educators and leaders in Jewish communities in the Diaspora for their mission. The courses, in areas that are suitable for educators and leaders in the Jewish world as well as students in universities and colleges in the fields of the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish subjects in the Diaspora, are taught via the internet, a-synchronously with synchronous components. The course developers and lecturers are all experts in their fields and senior staff members of Israel's top institutes of higher education.
Union for Reform Judaism's Virtual High School Launches
This September, 11th and 12th grade students can participate in a virtual learning environment with their peers throughout North America along with an in-person kallah experience, allowing URJ congregations the ability to collaborate and share resources developed in collaboration with Gratz College, a pioneer in online Jewish education. Registration is now open.
Jewish Camping Builds Community Across Europe, Israel and the FSU
eJewish Philanthropy is giving coverage to Jewish camping activities across Europe, Israel and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. This piece tells of more than 130 family and youth retreats and Shabbat weekends across 20 countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that provide summer excursions focused on Jewish learning and outdoor adventures for nearly 15,000 Jewish children and their families provided with the help of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC).
With All Our Hearts - A Wiki on Jewish Prayer
There are quite a few resources for teaching about Jewish prayer in a classroom, but it's not easy to find ideas for enhancing a school-based, synagogue or camp Jewish worship experience. The With All Our Hearts Wiki, maintained by Jewish educators, members of the Hebrew Project, has been designed to enable such sharing among educators, rabbis, lay leaders, song leaders, camp staff and others. The target population is children and teens, up to age 18.
September 2011
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Reinventing Jewish Education
What Should I Have Learned as a Jew after 12 Years in a Jewish School?
From Practice-to-Research-to-Practice: Building the Field by Building an Evidence Base in Jewish Education

Formal Education

900 Jewish Heritage Teachers to be Trained in Israel to Teach New Compulsory Subject

Informal Education

Jewish Camping Builds Community Across Europe, Israel and the FSU
JData Revealed – Data on Jewish Summer Camps
Foundation for Jewish Camp Receives Grant for Pilot Jewish Educator Program

Teacher Education

The MOFET JTEC Online Academy for Jewish Studies to Offer Four New Courses in the Upcoming Fall, 2011 Semester
“Peace Begins with Us. We Are Charged with Educating an Entire Generation.” – Graduates Assess a Joint Religious-Secular Program at Two Colleges of Education
The Role of Second Language Pedagogy
State of the Field: Hebrew Teaching and Learning

In-Service Training

Two MOFET JTEC Webinars to Open School Year
Future Leaders Program Concludes Israel Leg
Avi Chai Funds Capacity Building Plan of Jewish New Teacher Project

Education & Administration

Why Does it Cost So Much To Educate a Jewish Child?

Israel Education

Redefining Israel Education at Prozdor
Charting the Course: Hebrew Language in Public Schools

Technology & Computers

Union for Reform Judaism's Virtual High School Launches
JconnecT - an Online Supplemental Hebrew School
Jewish Online School
Digital Wrestling

Conferences & Events

MOFET International Completes Two Seminars for Teacher Educators, Teachers, Community leaders, and Educators from Spanish-speaking Communities - 2010-2011
URJ Education Summit: Youth Engagement
The Second Global Day of Jewish Learning

Learning Resources

Educational Resources for Jewish Prayer/Tefilla
DavenSpot – School Prayer Blog
With All Our Hearts - A Wiki on Jewish Prayer
PJ Library’s Israeli Program Triples
The Practical Teshuva Workshop: A Model for Educating Toward Commitment
Shevet: the Jewish Family Education Exchange
September 2011
 
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