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Over the past eight years, more than 25,000 Israel ScaVentures participants have learned about Jerusalem and other Israeli cities, and have connected to a meaningful Jewish story, by their feet, with their brains and in their hearts. The aim of this post is to highlight the experiential components of the game that educators should keep in mind when creating great educational activities, and to demonstrate by use of examples how we have done that.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
Registration for the US Chidon Ha’Tanach 2018 is live! Please make sure that your school completes the following link in order to ensure that you receive important Chidon communications over the course of the year. The Chidon has three divisions: a Hebrew Middle School Division, Hebrew High School Division, and an English Division. Private registration for individual participants is an available option as well.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2017
The editors of the Journal of Jewish Education are planning a themed issue on Jewish summer camps. We are seeking research on day or residential summer camps that self-identify as Jewish camps. The focus of the research is to be on camps as a Jewish educational resource. The camps may be located in North or South America, Europe or Israel and serve a camper population from between the age range of 5-17. Research on educational staff at camp and camp alumni is also most welcome.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2017
Leshomra is a two-year-old Israeli organization that helps plant gardens at nursery schools, kindergartens, schools, and community centers in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in an attempt to connect children in a tactile way to nature and how things grow. It aims to build environmental awareness and green practices from the bottom, through a real understanding of Haredi culture and how best to relate to people in that community.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2017
The holiday of Shavuot tends to lack many of the kid-friendly themes that are part of the richness of other holidays. Here are a number of ways that we can connect our children and students to this special holiday.
Updated: May. 17, 2017
The JustCity Leadership Institute (June 25–July 9, 2017) is JTS’s award-winning pre-college program, training high school students in the fundamentals of Jewish change leadership in collaboration with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, and American Jewish Society for Service. JustCity brings rising juniors and seniors together to live on JTS’s New York City campus, take college-level courses, engage in social justice work, and build community through vibrant Jewish programming.
Updated: May. 03, 2017
In this FREE Jewish educators' resource guide, we will give you a basis for a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt activity and we will give you a list of our favorite Jerusalem/Israel resources. This guide can be used by formal and informal Jewish education settings alike. The Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt resource guide can be great for planning a Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) activity, or even as part of your Hebrew school or summer camp Jerusalem curriculum.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2017
Israelis departing Ben-Gurion International Airport last week delivered 2,500 Purim gift bags to Jews around the world as part of a project in memory of Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach. The three Israeli teenage boys were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists as they headed home from their West Bank yeshiva in June 2014. The project, The Jewish Connection, is an initiative of a non-profit organization founded by the boys’ parents to further and strengthen the international Jewish solidarity demonstrated during the weeks between the boys’ kidnapping and discovery of their bodies.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2017
The Yad Vashem seminar for educators in Jewish Day Schools is a twelve day, July 12-24, 2017, intensive program focusing on helping teachers develop the skills needed to create curriculum and content for Shoah studies and to deliver that content in the most compelling way possible. The seminar is historically based, with interdisciplinary approaches to enable the educators to understand the Shoah in its complexity. Using the unique Yad Vashem pedagogical approach, modeled lessons, and collegial interaction, participants will be empowered to create individual Shoah Study programs tailored to their respective schools. This program is highly subsidized and space is very limited. In order to be considered eligible for this seminar you must currently be a teacher in a Jewish Day School teaching in grades 7 and above. Yad Vashem will cover all tuition costs associated with the seminar; including Hotel accommodations, (double occupancy / Half board), for the duration of the program, food, transportation from the hotel to the seminar and back, and all extracurricular activities.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
The Importance of a 'Heart-To-Heart' Conversation as Part of Emotional Education in Elementary Schools
Pressure of national and international achievements tests results in elementary schools dedicating most of their time to promoting pupils' achievements. However, does school dedicate adequate time to students' emotional availability to learning? Under the 'New Horizon' educational reform in Israel, homeroom teachers must dedicate one weekly hour to individual emotional conversations with pupils. This policy relies on development theories regarding emotional conversations as vital to learning processes. I believe in managing a 'heart to heart conversations' system shared by the entire school staff, a policy that requires overall solutions, but paves the way to pupils' emotional availability to learning and resulting success. Emotional conversation has many advantages for the teachers as well such as: getting to know children beyond their learning abilities, matching expectations and become more significant for their pupils.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017