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Leadership, followership and the meaning of Sukkot

Leadership, followership and the meaning of Sukkot | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Some individuals seek to be builders, while others seek to decorate what has already been built.
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MOFET JTEC - Honeymoon Israel: Building Ties That Bind

MOFET JTEC - Honeymoon Israel: Building Ties That Bind | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Between May 2015 through the end of 2016, 440 couples from eight cities have participated in Honeymoon Israel. In 2017, HMI’s growth will bring 520 couples from ten cities on immersive trips to Israel. On average, three couples are applying for every spot available. While the trips are open to Jewish as well as interfaith couples, as we have come to learn, these designations are not as clear-cut as they may seem. Some Jewish couples are comprised of partners who are Jews by choice. And increasingly we are learning that partners who identify as Jewish may themselves have grown up in an interfaith home. While all couples value the experience, overall it seems clear that the outcomes we describe below are more pronounced for interfaith couples.
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MOFET JTEC - Breaching Classroom Borders – Approaches and Tools: A MOFET International Online Seminar

MOFET JTEC - Breaching Classroom Borders – Approaches and Tools: A MOFET International Online Seminar | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The rapid technological development in the last decade facilitates the integration of teaching and learning environments and tools into Seamless Learning outside of the classroom. Nowadays, the accessibility of knowledge anytime, anywhere breaches the traditional classroom borders and opens up many different learning possibilities via tools and applications for mobile learning, social networks, large-group learning environments, and so on. MOFET International invites you to an online seminar to be held during February 2017, in which we shall present theoretical, research-based, and applied aspects of environments and tools that are prevalent in the field today.

The seminar is intended for anyone who is keen to enrich his/her knowledge of the field. No prior knowledge is required. You can participate in the seminar by means of your personal computer at home or at your place of work.
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MOFET JTEC - Call for Papers - Jewish Educational Leadership Spring 2017 Issue Focusing on Tefillah

MOFET JTEC - Call for Papers - Jewish Educational Leadership Spring 2017 Issue Focusing on Tefillah | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2017 Issue focusing on Tefillah. Tefillah is a challenge for adults – witness how many people struggle to make it to their synagogue, struggle to find meaningful moments when they get there, and struggle to pray when not in an organized prayer environment or in deep crisis. No wonder that the Rabbis called tefillah an avodah, a labor. Teaching students to engage in tefillah raises the challenge even further. The next issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is dedicated to addressing the question of how to address tefillah.
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‘Jewish Americana’ music gets its moment in the spotlight

‘Jewish Americana’ music gets its moment in the spotlight | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Still, for many, the juxtaposition is a bit unusual. According to Nefesh Mountain’s Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, even after two years of using the term “Jewish bluegrass,” some people still laugh at it at first.

“But what were doing is not goofy at all, it’s very soulful and very honest,” Zasloff said.

The group has found serious success, touring the country constantly. Nefesh Mountain is in the midst of recording its second album with some of the world’s most respected bluegrass artists, such as mandolin player Sam Bush, guitarist David Grier and banjo player Tony Trishka.
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MOFET JTEC - Education Minister Bennett and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky Celebrate Diaspora Week with Young Jews around the World

MOFET JTEC - Education Minister Bennett and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky Celebrate Diaspora Week with Young Jews around the World | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Israel Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky hosted an online discussion with Jewish children and teenagers in three different continents Tuesday night to mark the first-ever Week of Strengthening the Connection to Diaspora Jewry. The cabinet announced the launch of this initiative in July, deciding to dedicate a week every year to Diaspora-Israel ties in light of “the many complex challenges shared by the Jewish nation in Israel and the world.” The conversation between Sharansky, Bennett and the Jewish youngsters was conducted via a video conference held at the Jewish Agency’s situation room in Jerusalem.

The discussion focused on the connection between Israel and world Jewry, and included participants from five schools – in New Jersey and Florida in the US, in Safed, Merhavim and Beit Shemesh in Israel – as well as youths at Bnei Akiva summer camp in South Africa.
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MOFET JTEC - "Continuity within the Rupture”: Tenth Annual Yad Vashem Conference for Ultra-Orthodox Teachers

MOFET JTEC - "Continuity within the Rupture”: Tenth Annual Yad Vashem Conference for Ultra-Orthodox Teachers | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The words of the Admor (Grand Rabbi) of Talne echoed poignantly at the main session of Yad Vashem's Tenth Annual Conference for Teachers from the Ultra-Orthodox Sector in Israel, which took place on July 6-7, 2016. Close to 2,000 ultra-Orthodox educators, principals and school inspectors – men and women separately – took part in the conference, which was organized by the Ultra-Orthodox Section of the Department for Teacher Training in Israel at the International School for Holocaust Studies. “This conference marks the peak of the intensive work of the Ultra-Orthodox Section, which has been active at Yad Vashem for 15 years, in the world of Torah-based education,” explained Sarit Hoch-Markovitz, Director of the Department for Teacher Training in Israel. “It was on the one hand an opportunity to summarize our achievements, and on the other an opening for future activities aimed at bringing ultra-Orthodox teachers the newest pedagogical tools and knowledge in the fields of Holocaust education and research, while emphasizing the struggle of observant Jews during the Holocaust.”
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MOFET JTEC - Values and Ideology of a Culture as Reflected in its Kindergarten Singing

MOFET JTEC - Values and Ideology of a Culture as Reflected in its Kindergarten Singing | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Singing is part of a nation's culture and reflects its values and ideology. Singing also constitutes a tool for instilling educational, social, and cultural messages. The purpose of this study is to compare the repertoire of songs sung nowadays in kindergartens in two geographical areas in Israel: the center of the country and the northern periphery. This is a comparative research. The population included kindergarten teachers, from both geographical areas. The research tools used were a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview.
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MOFET JTEC - Koveah.org Creates Personalized Torah Learning Schedules

MOFET JTEC - Koveah.org Creates Personalized Torah Learning Schedules | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A new online learning tool from Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future is making it a little easier for anyone committed to Torah study to stay on track. Called Koveah.org, the online tool creates personalized learning schedules with daily reminders to keep users focused. Users can choose from a range of topics in Tanach, Mishna, Gemara, Rambam and Shulchan Aruch to study, then set their starting point, pace and the days of the week on which they would like to learn.
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MOFET JTEC - Experiential Learning and Values Education at a School Youth Camp: Maintaining Jewish Culture and Heritage

MOFET JTEC - Experiential Learning and Values Education at a School Youth Camp: Maintaining Jewish Culture and Heritage | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In our post-modern, globalised world, there is a risk of unique cultural heritages being lost. This loss contributes to the detriment of civilization, because individuals need to be rooted in their own specific identity in order to actively participate in community life. This article  discusses a longitudinal case study of the efforts being made by Australian Jewish schools to maintain Jewish heritage through annual experiential religious education camps, coordinated in a programme called Counterpoint. The researchers’ aim was to analyse how a school youth camp can serve as a site for socialisation and education into a cultural and religious heritage through experiential learning and informal education.
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Syrian refugee creates website to thank Israelis

Syrian refugee creates website to thank Israelis | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it


Aboud Dandachi, a Sunni Muslim from the city of Homs now living in Istanbul, has created a website dedicated to the Israeli and Jewish organizations and people helping Syrian refugees.

The website, Thank You Am Israel, highlights the humanitarian aid being given to displaced Syrians and

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The halls are alive with the sound of Hebrew

The halls are alive with the sound of Hebrew | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A national network of secular, bilingual immersion schools plans to open its 10th branch next year in South Brooklyn — and the student body is surprisingly diverse
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Forget Continuity, Keep Teens ‘Happy’

Forget Continuity, Keep Teens ‘Happy’ | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
At a recent conference, “Happiness Hacks: Feel Good, Do Good and Stop Obsessing about Jewish Identity,” the Jewish Education Project partnered with the Lippman Kanfer Foundation to teach more than 400 educators and lay leaders how to integrate positive psychology into their curricula. The conference included a lecture by renowned Israeli positive psychologist Dan Ariely and group exercises in “laughter yoga,” a series of exercises that induce laughter to promote healing.

“In the past, the purpose of Jewish education was to [allow students to] fully participate in American life without giving up their Jewish identity — now, that’s not enough,” said Aryeh Ben David, founder of Ayeka, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that focuses on “soulful” Jewish education — teaching Jewish subjects with more “personal meaning and impact.”
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MOFET JTEC - Grants Available: Day School Educators’ Challenge

MOFET JTEC - Grants Available: Day School Educators’ Challenge | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Created for Jewish day schools of all affiliations, the Day School Educator’s Challenge is intended to encourage disruptive innovation in the educational process. Applicants should design a unique program that can be implemented in an existing school – a program that can fundamentally change some aspect of Jewish education, inspiring students to learn, grow and connect. If selected, your program could receive a grant up to $50,000 and professional consultation over the next two years.
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MOFET JTEC - Positive Psychology in Jewish Education: Gratitude in the School and Synagogue Classroom

MOFET JTEC - Positive Psychology in Jewish Education: Gratitude in the School and Synagogue Classroom | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Positive psychology is a rapidly growing area of study for research psychologists, and more recently for school psychologists and educators as well. Yet religious education researchers and practitioners have yet to embrace this exciting new field. The current article introduces positive psychology to clergy and educators in religious institutions. By way of example, we explore gratitude, an area of particular focus among positive psychologists, demonstrating the benefits observed in those who possess and express this trait, and delineate how gratitude can be induced in the Jewish religious classroom.
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MOFET JTEC - Young Jewish Leaders Convene in Moscow

MOFET JTEC - Young Jewish Leaders Convene in Moscow | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Over 70 young people from Russia and the CIS participated last week in a leadership training seminar in Moscow, part of of the School of Leadership program run by Yahad, FJC’s programs platform. The leadership program consists of four week-long seminars dispersed over two years and prepares graduates to successfully lead and nurture their Jewish communities upon completion. The participants are young Jewish people from 18 to 30 who want to make a difference in their communities and take responsibility for the administrative, educational and outreach tasks
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I got it off Google Images…

I got it off Google Images… | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

I often ask teachers if they use Google Images for the pictures they use in the resources they make for the classroom. The majority of teachers tell me they use Google Images for all their images. They simply go to the site, search for their image, grab the best one and use it. I get why people would do this; it’s quick, easy to do and inside the Google search comfort zone. Doing this however is wrong, as seemingly too few of us know. Many, if not the majority of images found via the Google Images search engine will be subject to licensing. If you are using Google Images in this way then please stop. Stop now.

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MOFET JTEC - "Us and Them”: Towards Intercultural Competence among Jewish and Arab Graduate Students at Israeli Colleges of Education

MOFET JTEC - "Us and Them”: Towards Intercultural Competence among Jewish and Arab Graduate Students at Israeli Colleges of Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The present study aims to examine the impact of encounter between two different ethnic groups, Jews and Arabs, of Israeli first-year graduate students who study in four colleges of education, on the development of their intercultural competence: (1) knowledge regarding the “other,” (2) change in attitudes and behavior towards the other, and (3) multicultural educational practice.

The findings point to two clear factors affecting the development of intercultural competence: the formal and informal college experience as reported by respondents, particularly the contents and tools that both Jews and Arabs acquired at the college in addition to personal characteristics and off-campus encounters.
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MOFET JTEC - Technology Tuesdays: On1Foot

MOFET JTEC - Technology Tuesdays: On1Foot | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

On1Foot can help you easily create source sheets of Jewish texts on a variety of social justice issues. [Their name is an homage to the famous story of Hillel, in which Hillel guides a student who is looking to learn the entire Torah very efficiently, while standing on one foot.] On1Foot has a robust library of Jewish texts, including a large number of commentaries from the American Jewish World Service. You can find texts about many different social justice topics, including civil rights, the environment, tikkun olam, poverty and immigration, to name just a few. You can also specify the types of Jewish texts you are looking for like rabbinic, biblical or modern and whether you are searching for prayers, commentaries or stories.

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MOFET JTEC - Getting their Feet Wet: Trainee EFL Teachers in Germany and Israel Collaborate Online to Promote their Telecollaboration Competence through Experiential Learning

MOFET JTEC - Getting their Feet Wet: Trainee EFL Teachers in Germany and Israel Collaborate Online to Promote their Telecollaboration Competence through Experiential Learning | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The paper presents a telecollaboration project between 54 pre-service teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) studying at a teacher training college in Israel and a university in Germany. The telecollaboration involved a collaborative Project Based Learning Task (PBLT) in which the students compared and evaluated the ways EFL is taught in their respective contexts. The purpose of this ongoing study is to provide pre-service EFL teachers with an apprenticeship of learning ways that technology can be used to transcend classroom walls for virtual mobility and cooperation. It specifically intends to determine how such an apprenticeship can strengthen student teachers’ belief in their ability to implement telecollaboration in their own teaching.
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MOFET JTEC - Missions, Methods, and Assessment in Hebrew Language Education: Case Studies of American Jewish Day Schools

MOFET JTEC - Missions, Methods, and Assessment in Hebrew Language Education: Case Studies of American Jewish Day Schools | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This research consists of three case studies conducted within American Jewish day schools (JDSs). Addressing some of the issues pointed to by past researchers, this investigation focuses on the following discrete areas of Hebrew language (HL) programs: the stated visions for Hebrew language learning as noted in the mission statements and other documents of the schools and as articulated by teachers and administrators, the methodologies employed by Hebrew and Jewish Studies educators within these institutions, and the assessment practices employed by these schools and educators to determine whether the expressed goals of these programs are being met. By exploring the missions, methods, and assessment processes within these Hebrew language programs, and contrasting these aspects of the schools, we come to a better understanding of the inner workings of these programs and the issues that may be addressed in practice and future research.
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MOFET JTEC - Grounded Theory Ethnography of a Chromebook Implementation in a Bais Yaakov School

MOFET JTEC - Grounded Theory Ethnography of a Chromebook Implementation in a Bais Yaakov School | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Digital safety concerns, socio-economic status, pedagogical beliefs, and religious beliefs can all impact technology decisions within a school. Despite the unique contextual factors that influence school technology decision-making, teachers and students are still charged with using technology for teaching and learning in order to be 21st century learners. The purpose of this study was to explore how one Bais Yaakov school community, an all-girls private Jewish school, navigated the tensions of context and technology innovation through their adoption of 1:1 Chromebooks. Grounded theory ethnographic methods and activity theory were employed for data collection and analysis.
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To be an ally for Diaspora Jewry, an Orthodox MK walks a tightrope

To be an ally for Diaspora Jewry, an Orthodox MK walks a tightrope | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Lavie said she is deeply concerned with the alienation of Diaspora Jewry from an increasingly stringent Jewish state. In a blog on The Times of Israel, she described that during a trip last year to New York, a young woman approached her and said, “In Manhattan, I feel more Jewish, because there are more possible recognized ways to be Jewish.” Lavie asked, “Is this a reality that we are willing to live with?”

Lavie’s perspective, even as a stalwart friend of Diaspora Jewry, is clearly Orthodox-centric. While embracing all streams of Judaism and fighting for their place in the Jewish homeland, Lavie is a champion of easing the path towards halachic conversions — including for those who were already converted by other denominations.
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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Excellent resources for young researchers within a 21st Century teaching and learning environments. I suggest they add Zotero to the list.
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Capture Streaming Video From Any Website With These 5 Tools

Capture Streaming Video From Any Website With These 5 Tools | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The solution is to download frequently-watched videos to your computer. You can re-watch them as many times as you want without wasting bandwidth. This is especially useful for educational and entertainment videos as they both tend to be highly re-watchable.
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