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October is the final month during which schools may register for the 2013-2014 US Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest). The National Bible Contest (Chidon HaTanakh) is a contest that the Jewish Agency for Israel sponsors for American Jewish youth in grades 6-11. The contest divides students by grade level into separate groups for junior high students and high school students. Within each age group, Day School students (of all denominations) take exams in Hebrew, while others take exams in English. On the basis of preliminary exams, high scorers are invited to the national finals in New York in May.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2013
A family survey, ethnographic study, and quasi-experimental study investigated Shalom Sesame's potential to enhance understanding of Jewish culture and identity among preschool families. Preschoolers demonstrated significant learning, recognizing that people who looked different could be Jewish, and in knowledge about Hebrew words, Jewish holidays, and things they would see in Israel. Learning also extended beyond the screen, via spontaneous family discussions/activities, and an increased desire to celebrate holidays or visit Israel. The videos held particular value for interfaith families and those outside established Jewish communities. Parents valued Shalom Sesame for helping children connect to the broader Jewish community, deepening their own connection, and educating non-Jewish relatives and friends.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013
Research studies demonstrate the efficacy of the story-sharing experience on children's moral development. This article explores how the triadic relationship between a Jewish children's story, the child, and the parent storyteller can impact the youngster's moral growth. Using examples from two leading projects in Jewish children's stories, the article examines how four key Jewish value concepts can be employed as a means to enhancing children's moral development. In addition, I propose a table of learning that provides adult storytellers with guidelines on how to engage children in moral conversations about relevant issues that surface from the stories.
Updated: Sep. 12, 2013
This article offers a conceptual framework for assessing PJ Library programming grounded in the relevant scholarly literature and illustrated by way of conversations with PJ Library parents. It is built around three themes concerning how parents view their role as facilitators in their child's religious and cultural identity formation through the reading of bedtime stories: (a) how the reading of stories nurtures affective development, (b) can be a crucial tool in mediating the development of cultural and religious identity, and (c) affects the bidirectionality of the parent/child relationship in identity formation.
Updated: Sep. 12, 2013
Elements of the School Program, As Reported by Yeshiva Alumni, Which Most Influence Students’ Religion
The purpose of this study was to determine which elements of the Yeshiva high school program were perceived by students as influencing their religiosity. Three-hundred and fifty-five students completed an anonymous questionnaire, which had been developed based on 20 in depth interviews.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013
This article examines the Jewish Teachable Moments method through a case study conducted at a Reform movement affiliated camp in Texas. Theoretical and pedagogical implications of the Jewish Teachable Moments method are discussed.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2013
Hundreds are expected to attend this week's opening in Novosibirsk of the Beit Menachem Center. An open-air concert by Israeli musicians will be featured at the opening ceremony of what is being called the largest Jewish community center in Siberia, Russia.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013
The Jim Joseph Foundation has developed an alumni network component as part of some grants, while other grants are designed for the sole purposes of creating such networks in order to leverage newfound deep connections among cohorts of successful Jewish educational programs.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013
The Union for Reform Judaism has launched the first issue of the Journal of Youth Engagement as part of their Campaign for Youth Engagement. The Journal of Youth Engagement is a forum of ideas and dialogue for those committed to engaging youth in vibrant Jewish life and living.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
Urban Adamah, the first urban organic Jewish community farm in the United States, announced today that the Berkeley, California nonprofit has purchased a 2.2-acre parcel of land that will expand its educational programming and outreach. The $2.1 million purchase in west Berkeley will allow Urban Adamah to more than double its educational offerings, which include a residential fellowship for young adults, a summer camp, after-school programs, sustainability workshops and special events.
Updated: Jun. 04, 2013