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Israeli scholar overhauls Hebrew Bible to correct errors, for first time in 500 years

Israeli scholar overhauls Hebrew Bible to correct errors, for first time in 500 years | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
RAMAT GAN, Israel — For the past 30 years, Israeli Judaic scholar Menachem Cohen has been on a mission of biblical proportions: Correcting all known textual errors in Jewish scripture to produce a truly definitive edition of the Old Testament.
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Piktochart - כלי ליצירת אינפוגראפיקות. אפשרות להשתמש תבניות מוכנות אפשרות להוספת תרשימים (כולל עדכון און-ליין), מפות אינטראקטיביות וסרטוני יוטיוב. העלאת קבצי תמונה מהמחשב בגודל של עד 40MB תוצר סופי - הגרסה החינמית מאפשרת תצוגה מקוונת (ציבורי) או הורדה כקובץ תמונה. מדריך בעברית מאת אגף טכנולוגיות מידע https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjWLwUqMamE מדריך בעברית מערוץ היוטיוב מיומנויות מחשב ומידע https://youtu.be/4bRpwre8e6o  …
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Establishing a new denomination: Pragmatic Judaism | Rosner's Domain

Establishing a new denomination: Pragmatic Judaism | Rosner's Domain | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Today I am speaking at a conference organized by the Israel Democracy Institute on the question “who is a Jew,” and JPPI’s report on this matter provided me with the material with which to make my point. I wrote wrote an article for the conference – Replace ‘Who is a Jew?’ with ‘Who is a Jew for What?’ – and my main argument in this article, based on the views of the hundreds of Jews that participated in the JPPI dialogue process on “the Jewish spectrum,” attempts to be pragmatic, rather than ideological. Since the question of who is a Jew cannot be solved, since a definition agreeable to all is unlikely to emerge soon, there are three possible choices for the Jews:
A. To fight over it.
B. To part ways, and become more than one people.
C. To accept reality and work around it.
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Taking Education Personally

Taking Education Personally | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

I certainly do not take most of the credit for this student’s success. He was able to succeed mostly, because of his determination and hard work. This story though, can serve as a reminder to both students and teachers, that sometimes the personal approach can really make the difference. It is not so easy for teachers, as most of us have a lot of students and very limited time. If we can however, find a way to be there for our students whenever we can, it can make a huge difference.

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Thank you, Ben Zion — A farewell tribute to Ben Zion Shenker

Thank you, Ben Zion — A farewell tribute to Ben Zion Shenker | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Last week, the father of modern Hasidic music, Ben Zion Shenker, passed away at age 91. Imagine a world in which no recordings of Hassidic music exists — that was the Jewish world before Shenker’s initiatives. Imagine Jewish households without Eshes Chayil and Jewish weddings without Yasis Alayich and you will get a sense of the depth of one man’s penetration into the hearts and hearths of the Jewish people.

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Israeli Knesset bans short dresses, miniskirts

Israeli Knesset bans short dresses, miniskirts | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Other banned articles of clothing include tank tops, cropped tops, shorts and three-quarter length pants, ripped pants, shirts with political slogans, flip flops and open back clogs.
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A New Challenge for Jewish Educators

A New Challenge for Jewish Educators | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
I haven’t been able to get this conversation out of my head since then. What are we teaching our children about our values? Do they think that lying is limited to the political arena, or to those who seek leadership positions? I doubt that. I am afraid that we have taught our children that integrity is for the weak and unambitious.
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Israel honors foreign firefighters for ‘bravery in our time of need’

Israel honors foreign firefighters for ‘bravery in our time of need’ | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
That there were no deaths during last week's wave of fires, says minister, was partly thanks to personnel from abroad who rushed to help
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My Life with Leonard Cohen

My Life with Leonard Cohen | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.
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Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, Composer of 500 Hasidic Melodies, Dies at 91

Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, Composer of 500 Hasidic Melodies, Dies at 91 | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
(JTA) — Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, who composed more than 500 Hasidic melodies, or niggunim, including some recorded by Itzhak Perlman, has died. Shenker died Nov. 20 in Brooklyn, New York, at 91. He reportedly suffered from heart problems. Shenker, who was an ordained rabbi, was associated with the Polish Modzitzer Hasidic sect. He recorded…
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10 Ways to Retain More of What You Learn - InformED

10 Ways to Retain More of What You Learn - InformED | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Although reading something once or twice and then remembering it for life would be ideal, the reality is that much of what we learn goes in one ear and out the other. In fact, research shows that within just one hour, if nothing is done with new information, most people will have forgotten about 50% of what they learned. After 24 hours, this will be 70%, and if a week passes without that information being used, up to 90% of it could be lost.

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Caves in which Jewish rebels hid from Romans 2,000 years ago found in Galilee

Caves in which Jewish rebels hid from Romans 2,000 years ago found in Galilee | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
While surveying natural limestone caves in the Galilee, scientists have discovered hundreds of limestone caves in which Jews hid when Roman troops came marching through 2,000 years ago, during the Great Jewish Revolt (66-70 CE).
Extensive embellishment such as baths and candle niches carved into the rock show that the caves had been prepared for extensive habitation.
Water cisterns carved into the rock, as well as pitchers, pottery shards, coins, and other artifacts dating to the 1st century C.E. were found in many of the cliff shelters, say Dr. Yinon Shivtiel from the Safed Academic College and Vladimir Boslove of the Israeli Cave Research Center. The work was funded by the Safed Academic College Research Foundation.
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10 steps to creating the perfect infographic

10 steps to creating the perfect infographic | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
While the term 'infographic' is a relatively new one, the concept of displaying information in a graphical format has been around for a long, long time. For thousands of years humans have attempted to explain the world around them through visual means - from 30,000-year-old cave paintings, the striking use of simple iconography to tell complex stories in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, or the evolution of Chinese script, to the very first examples of cartography and the bar chart.
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MOFET JTEC - 2016 Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference

MOFET JTEC - 2016 Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College will hold its Seventh Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference on Monday-Tuesday, December 12 and 13, 2016, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The theme for this year's conference is "Miracles and Wonders" (Nisim V'Niflaot). We will explore ways to discover and appreciate the miracles in nature and the Jewish tradition, and the wonderful aspects of our students, their families, and their cultural diversity. In addition to a diverse variety of session topics related to Miracles and Wonders for new and veteran educators, this year there will be a Director's Track, a Torah Godly Play Track, a Gisha (Access) Special Needs Track that will be run in partnership with Gateways, and a Nature Track.
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Replace ‘Who is a Jew?’ with ‘Who is a Jew for What?’ - The Israel Democracy Institute

Replace ‘Who is a Jew?’ with ‘Who is a Jew for What?’ - The Israel Democracy Institute | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
So what do the Jews suggest we do? Our study found that they suggest – implicitly – that we change the question. Rather than asking, “Who is a Jew?” the Jews now ought to ask, “Who is a Jew for what purpose.”
What do we mean by that? Cognizant of the impossibility of agreeing on what makes a person “Jewish” for all things, our study participants tended to be pragmatic. Rather than look for any general “definition” of Jewishness, they apply different definitions – or different expectations – to different situations. Rather than trying to reach agreement on an entry bar for Jewishness, they negotiate the feasibility of diverse entry bars for a multiplicity of Jewish connections.
How does this work in reality? Following our study, it is possible to paint with a broad brush a certain hierarchy of Jewish expectations and norms that would apply to different situations. The entry bar for inclusion is low, and the expectation of Jews is that the Jewish community be welcoming to those seeking to participate in Jewish life. But Jews would apply a higher standard of Jewish connectedness to their communal leaders, and even a higher one to their religious leaders. They agree that criteria for The Law of Return could be stricter than the one for membership in a Diaspora Jewish community.
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Show a Welcoming Face to the European Visitors to Limmud Conference

Show a Welcoming Face to the European Visitors to Limmud Conference | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This year, through Yesod (A partnership of RFHE, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and JDC Europe), we are sponsoring seventeen Matara graduates to return to conference and in addition, we are enabling sixteen other communal Jewish professionals to attend Limmud Conference, some of them coming for the first time. Countries represented include: Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czeck Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.
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Four Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs

Four Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Thankfully there are many excellent options for creating teacher feedback for digital work. In this post we are going to take a look at four specific options. These include tools for: Text feedback Voice feedback Video feedback Handwritten feedback See below for details on each of these options, as well as a slideshow and one-hour training video where each method is demonstrated.

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Divers find unexpected Roman inscription from the eve of Bar-Kochba Revolt

Divers find unexpected Roman inscription from the eve of Bar-Kochba Revolt | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A statue base from 1,900 years ago found at Dor survived shellfish and seawater, and to the archaeologists' shock, revealed a previously unknown governor of Judea.
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Jim Joseph Foundation announces New Grants

Jim Joseph Foundation announces New Grants | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced new investments in Jewish teen initiatives and educator training opportunities.
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Israel’s Newest (Pretty) Face

Israel’s Newest (Pretty) Face | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Being crowned Miss Israel (despite showing up to the audition in flats and no makeup) changed Aynaw’s life. She became the first black model to be pictured on Israel’s major billboards, and she became a source of inspiration for black girls and women all over Israel. She founded a community arts education center in Netanya for at-risk youth and met with President Obama, at his request. And in a sign that she has become as Israeli as, well, hummus, she told the students on her campus swing, “After my modeling career ends, I would like to become a member of Knesset.”

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Trump education pick pits Jewish education needs against church-state fears

Trump education pick pits Jewish education needs against church-state fears | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Under Betsy Davos, some Jewish communities hope day schools will get cheaper, while others fear de facto government backing of religion
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Don’t get overexcited over Amona, Kotel, proposed legislation | Rosner's Domain

Don’t get overexcited over Amona, Kotel, proposed legislation | Rosner's Domain | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, is a curious place. As a general rule of caution, I’d give you the following word of advice: the more we talk about a proposed legislation in Israel – the less likely it is to pass. In other words: the Knesset does pass legislation, at times even important legislation, but it is often (not always) the kind of legislation of which the public barely takes note, or much milder versions of legislation proposals that Israelis know and vigorously debate about.
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Why Brazilian Jews celebrate UN vote on Israel with prime beef and a ton of garlic

Why Brazilian Jews celebrate UN vote on Israel with prime beef and a ton of garlic | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Not that we need an excuse to grill steaks, but filet Osvaldo Aranha was invented by the Latin American diplomat who pushed for the 1947 Partition Plan
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1200 Attend Chabad on Campus Conference

1200 Attend Chabad on Campus Conference | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
More than 1,200 university students from throughout North America and around the world enjoyed a Havdalah ceremony and Saturday-night mega-party in New York, part of the Chabad on Campus International JewFest 3 day conference over last Shabbat. The attendees participated in various “Mitzvah Stations,” as they listened to live music and dug into a kosher buffet dinner, joined by their Chabad on Campus emissaries.
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What type of Jew are you? | Rosner's Domain

What type of Jew are you? | Rosner's Domain | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The new study of the Boston Jewish community is hardly a media-friendly study. At the heart of it, there is a complex scale of Jewish engagement – one that divides Jewish Bostonians to five groups: the Minimally Involved (17% of Jews), who have relatively low Jewish engagement; the Familial (24%), who engage primarily through home-based and family related activities and behavior – such as a Passover Seder; the Affiliated Jews (26%), those engaging both through family and communal organizations; the Cultural Jews (18%), who engage, in addition to family, through cultural activities (such as listening to Jewish or Israeli music); and the Immersed (15%) – those exemplary Jews who engage through all dimensions
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Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Infographics are visually stimulating and force us to summarize well. What if we did more infographics in schools and less research papers?
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