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As summer approaches, this issue of EdJewTopia focuses on bridging the gap between formal or informal education settings and the Jewish education that happens in the home. EdJewTopia is an e-newsletter devoted to the field of complementary Jewish education (CJE). There are hundreds of thousands of children engaged in community programs, synagogue schools, homeshuling, experiential retreats, and other modes of Jewish engagement. EdJewTopia is designed to highlight professionals' great work, support educators and parents with new tools, and inform the community at large about CJE.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011
Yad Vashem, in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office National Heritage Project, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Pensioner Affairs, has embarked on a new campaign: “Gathering the Fragments: A national campaign to rescue personal items from the Holocaust period.” The campaign seeks to gather documents, diaries, photos, artifacts and works of art from the Holocaust years that are currently held privately by people in Israel. This rescue operation is a race against the clock, an effort to collect the artifacts and the documents along with the story behind them to ensure their eternal conservation by bringing them to Yad Vashem for safekeeping.
Updated: May. 31, 2011
This report follows up on the seminal study of Jewish camps, Limud by the Lake: Fulfilling the Potential of Jewish Summer Camps and the subsequent book, “How Goodly Are Thy Tents”: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences. This report presents the results of a summer 2008 study of Jewish summer camps. It describes changes in the field over the previous eight years and presents new data on the families and staff that comprise the camp community. It concludes with a set of questions about the future of the field and five recommendations for expanding and deepening the Jewish summer camp experience.
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011
Camp Works, a newly published research study, provides systematic and quantitative evidence that summers at Jewish camp create adults who are committed to the Jewish community and engaged in Jewish practice. Utilizing the most recent National Jewish Population Survey and 25 local community studies completed between 2000–2008, this report offers the fullest picture to date of the impact of Jewish summer camp. The influence of summer camp on the ways in which adult Jews choose to engage with the community and the degree to which they associate with other Jews can be felt long after the last sunset of the summer. The impact is striking, especially when compared to their peers who did not spend their summer months at Jewish camp.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2011
Hundreds of high school students from around the world debated important issues as part of Yeshiva University’s 21st National Model U.N. (YUNMUN) from February 6-8, 2011. The students, from nearly 50 different high schools from four continents, represented nearly all of the United Nations’ member countries in 15 different committees, and debated topics ranging from the peaceful uses of outer space to the elimination of discrimination against women. The annual event, the largest Jewish high school event of its kind, took place at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Conn.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2011
The fifth publication in the 'Making Jewish Education Work' series of JESNA's Publications and Dissemination Project, This report explores lessons learned from the Berman Center's evaluations of Jewish Service Learning, in partnership with Repair the World.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
In his retrospective essay, Seymour Fox (1997) identified “vision” as the essential element that shaped the Ramah camp system. The author takes a critical look at Fox's main claims: A particular model of vision was essential to the development of Camp Ramah, and that model of vision should guide contemporary Jewish educators in creating Jewish educational excellence. He draws upon historical accounts and theories of organizational leadership and change to question Fox's first claim about the history of Camp Ramah and to offer an alternative model of vision to guide future leaders of Jewish camps.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010
The World Ort Future Leaders Program is a nine-month leadership training program to develop a new generation of young leaders for Jewish communities in Europe and the FSU. An international selection of people aged between 15 and 16 years old, with potential to become leaders, will be chosen to participate in the heavily subsidized program. The deadline for completing applications is Tuesday January 4, 2011.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010
The Jewish Student Union (JSU) is a national organization dedicated to establishing Jewish clubs in public high schools. Founded with 4 clubs in Los Angeles in 2002, JSU has enjoyed rapid growth and now serves more than 220 clubs across North America, reaching more than 9,000 teens annually. By fostering a social atmosphere, presenting engaging and entertaining educational programs, and lowering the barriers to participation, JSU reaches all types of teenagers from the under-engaged to the already involved.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2010
Debra Nussbaum Cohen writes of two men, Matt Barr and Ori Salzberg, call themselves Bible Raps Nation and travel from Jewish camps to Jewish schools to Hillel chapters on college campuses, connecting students with Jewish texts by writing rap music about the Bible. They sing about Jacob and Joseph, Noah and Moses, Jewish values and Jewish pride. They formed BRN two years ago, after they met in Jerusalem, and their approach is proving popular among Jewish educators, who are always looking for innovative ways to engage their students with Jewish texts and ideas.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2010