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MOFET JTEC - Conversations: Tanakh Study Within The Orthodox Jewish World

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The winter issue of "Conversations," the Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, focuses on Tanakh study within the Orthodox J
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The Klal Perspectives Journal: Technology and the 21st Century Orthodox Community

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Jewish Jogger Stabbed Near Etzion Bloc Settlement

Jewish Jogger Stabbed Near Etzion Bloc Settlement | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A Jewish-Israeli jogger was moderately wounded in a stabbing near a West Bank settlement.
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MOFET JTEC - The Holocaust: An Introduction – A Free Online Course

MOFET JTEC - The Holocaust: An Introduction – A Free Online Course | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Registration is currently open for a free online course. In this new educational initiative, Yad Vashem together with Tel Aviv University, has created an online academic course on the Holocaust to be offered on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. The course, "The Holocaust: An Introduction" will be launched on January 24, 2016 on Coursera. 

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MOFET JTEC - Pardes Seminar - Culture, Community and Conflict: From Text to Practice in Day Schools

MOFET JTEC - Pardes Seminar - Culture, Community and Conflict: From Text to Practice in Day Schools | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution and the Pardes Center for Jewish Educatorspresent: Culture, Community and Conflict: From Text to Practice in Day Schools. This seminar, held from March 27-29, 2016, offers Jewish educators, working with grades 5-12, an opportunity to reflect upon their school culture of communication and integrate their Rabbinics and/or Tanakh curricula with conflict resolution education 

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MOFET JTEC - The Latin American Jewish Educator in a Transnational World

MOFET JTEC - The Latin American Jewish Educator in a Transnational World | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

This new report provides a better understanding of the challenges arising from the new realities, and of the actions needed to meet them. It explores to what extent and in what ways a new global and transnational educational approach can contribute to increase the intellectual and social capital of Latin American Jewish communities in order to face the challenges of the 21st Century. 

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MOFET JTEC - Teaching Hebrew in America: A Zionist Approach

MOFET JTEC - Teaching Hebrew in America: A Zionist Approach | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

In the Winter, 2016 edition of The Steinhardt Foundation's Contact magazine, Rabbi David Gedzelman, President and CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, advocates for the Hebrew proficiency approach to Hebrew language acquisition, an approach that emphasizes the mastery of Hebrew functional language skills in authentic contexts. It also emphasizes the primacy of oral expression over other language skills. He argues that an emphasis on reading reflects aDiaspora mentality or pre-State of Israel mentality whereas a focus on oral expression reflects a Zionist mentality in that it recognizes that Hebrew is a living, spoken language in the modern State of Israel. 

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MOFET JTEC - Empowering Jewish Youth to Respond to Anti-Semitism

MOFET JTEC - Empowering Jewish Youth to Respond to Anti-Semitism | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Last week, over 700 Jewish teens from across the United States and Canada gathered in Baltimore, MD as part of United Synagogue Youth’s International Convention. The Anti-Defamation Leagueparticipated in the convention as a program partner to educate and empower the students to respond to anti-Semitism. At a time when global anti-Semitism is on the rise, college campuses are rife with anti-Israel bias and Jewish youth regularly hear insensitive comments about Jews andJudaism, this work is more important than ever. 

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MOFET JTEC - Educational Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Day

MOFET JTEC - Educational Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Day | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Jacob Richman posted onhis educational resources website 170 links to lear
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MOFET JTEC - The Nitzana Educational Eco-Village

MOFET JTEC - The Nitzana Educational Eco-Village | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Nitzana Educational Community in the Negev was founded with the assistance of the Jewish Agency in 1986, by Israel Prize winner Lova Eliav. Ever s
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MOFET JTEC - Day School Groups Merge In Big Educational Shakeup

MOFET JTEC - Day School Groups Merge In Big Educational Shakeup | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

In a major restructuring of the Jewish day school organizational world, five national groups that run a range of educational and programming activities for day schools have agreed to merge into a new, and potentially more effective, entity, The Jewish Week has learned. 

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MOFET JTEC - Jewish Educational Leadership Invites Articles for Spring 2016 Issue Focusing on Teaching the Whole Child

MOFET JTEC - Jewish Educational Leadership Invites Articles for Spring 2016 Issue Focusing on Teaching the Whole Child | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2016 Issue focusing on Teaching the Whole Child. The last few decades have witnessed dramatic increases in the extra-curricular and co-curricular programming for students as schools extend their scope from being institutions of learning to institutions of fostering healthy development and growth. In this issue we focus on how classroom instruction itself can address the whole child. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: More Than 4000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

Free Technology for Teachers: More Than 4000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
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MOFET JTEC - Teacher Diversity and the Right to Adaptable Education in the Religiously Oriented School: What Can We Learn From Students’ Perceptions?

MOFET JTEC - Teacher Diversity and the Right to Adaptable Education in the Religiously Oriented School: What Can We Learn From Students’ Perceptions? | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

This study examines students’ perceptions of disparities between teachers’ views and the school ethos in a religiously oriented school, and dissects the implications of such disparities on the children’s right to adaptable education. The study draws on 102 essays of students enrolled in an American Jewish high school that employs a diverse teaching staff. 

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Adapt (Not Just Adopt): A Conversation with Hebrew University Professor Jonathan Mirvis about Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship for Jewish Education

Adapt (Not Just Adopt): A Conversation with Hebrew University Professor Jonathan Mirvis about Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship for Jewish Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
“What do you know that the rest of us don’t?” This is the question I am posing to today’s halutzim—the pioneers who are reshaping the Jewish landscape to more effectively nurture the generations. I’m differentiating the practice of leading game changers and status quo leaders. In each interview with a pioneer, I hear a tool, an assumption, or a virtue that I’m certain is not in general use in the Jewish community. This week, on a call to Jerusalem, I discovered someone is way ahead of me on this quest. Dr. Jonathan (Yonatan) Mirvis, a senior lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has already interviewed 80 educational entrepreneurs. Building on their insights, along with a decade he has spent researching and teaching the topic, Jonathan has created a new conceptual framework that he believes will have crucial implications for Jewish educators, funders and lay leaders. This framework will be published in a book titled “It’s OUR Challenge; A Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Jewish Education.” His new approach, he explains to me, is different from traditional commercial or social entrepreneurship. Yikes! After spending months reading about both kinds of entrepreneurship, and even adding “intrepreneurship” to my lexicon, I’m already out-of-date. To catch his every word, I’m typing like crazy, making annoying click-clicks on my keyboard which he hears over the phone line.  “Stop typing and listen.” The seasoned professor wants to make sure I’m clear about the critical differences between the types of entrepreneurship. Commercial entrepreneurs want to make a profit. They have a product (or solution) to sell. Their challenge is to create a market for that product. He offers the iPhone as an example. No one knew they needed one, but with the right marketing everyone thinks they must have one, no matter what the cost. Social entrepreneurs who want to create social value have a different challenge. They have a market, but this market is in desperate need for solutions and/or products they can’t afford. He offers the example of the social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, who identified a vast market in Bangladesh that consisted of people who couldn’t get loans. The market, the need, was there, but there was no product or solution in sight. Yunus won the Noble Prize in 2006 for crafting “micro-credit,” a new way to bring loans to people who were destitute. I’m comparing and contrasting Jonathan’s examples, but don’t quite see the parallel with Jewish education. I venture, “Are you saying Jewish educators have a market, and our challenge is we don’t have the product?” “No. That’s why I’ve come up with a new approach. We as Jewish educators have a product that let’s call Judaism. Among the non-Orthodox there is a very small natural market. Our target population is not hungering for Judaism. We are selling something to people who are indifferent and who have multiple lifestyle options. ” I begin to understand his argument for why we need a new kind of entrepreneurship. Jewish educators are neither in the business of finding a commercial market for their widgets nor in the business of finding a solution to social ills like human rights abuses or poverty. To reshape the landscape of Jewish life, we have to learn from commercial and social entrepreneurship. And  we must adapt these frameworks. I’m ready to click-click as fast as I can to record his new approach. Jonathan is only willing to give me a hint. “We’re going have to give an offer that you can’t refuse. Birthright got 400, 000 thousand young adults to go to Israel. PJ Library has over 100, 000 subscribers for their free books with Jewish content.” While many may contend that these success stories are due to the offering of rewards, we are all aware of the multiple free “goodies” which have never succeeded with indifferent markets.  For example, free memberships to synagogues has not swelled the pews. So in addition to taking a radical approach to pricing, successful educational entrepreneurs have additional strategies that…drum roll please…we can read about in June when Professor Mirvis’s book is released. I take Jonathan’s warnings about commercial and social entrepreneurship seriously. I’m excited to explore the entrepreneurial tool box. And I have been alerted.  Entrepreneurial students, be prepared to adapt, not just adopt.
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MOFET JTEC - How to Teach the Holocaust in Formal and Informal Jewish Education: A Free Yad Vashem Summer Seminar for Educators

MOFET JTEC - How to Teach the Holocaust in Formal and Informal Jewish Education: A Free Yad Vashem Summer Seminar for Educators | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

We want to offer you an in-depth ten-day seminar for Jewish educators in English on July 19th-28th, 2016 at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel. The International School for Holocaust Studies has developed this special seminar for educators to acquire the necessary skills to teach students of all ages about Jewish history and the meaning of the Holocaust for the present and the future, according to our age-appropriate and interdisciplinary methods. The seminar's costs are fully covered by Yad Vashem and include the seminar, a hotel, meals and tours in Jerusalem. The only expense of the teachers is the airfare and the transportation from the airport.

 
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MOFET JTEC - Technion Jewish Day School Challenge

MOFET JTEC - Technion Jewish Day School Challenge | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, RAVSAK and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology invite day school students to participate in the Technion Jewish Day School Challenge by building Pesach themed Rube Goldberg machines.

 

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MOFET JTEC - International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27: Educational Materials

MOFET JTEC - International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27: Educational Materials | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, discovering the largest Nazi killing center in Europe. Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, representing the depths of man's inhumanity to man. Eighteen governments have legislated January 27 as an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. In November 2005, the United Nationspassed a resolution to mark January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust, and urged member states to develop educational programs to impart the memory of this tragedy to future generations. Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies will be organized on the international, national, regional and local levels, including in universities and schools. This site contains educational materials ahead of this date in multiple languages. 

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MOFET JTEC - The Sefer Center in Russia: At the Heart of the Ongoing Revival of Intellectual Jewish life in Countries of the Former Soviet Union

MOFET JTEC - The Sefer Center in Russia: At the Heart of the Ongoing Revival of Intellectual Jewish life in Countries of the Former Soviet Union | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

I will not exaggerate if I say that the “Sefer” Center (based in Moscow, Russia) is the most influential and important organization for the development of academic studies in Jewish civilizationin the entire post-Soviet space. During more than 20 years of its existence it has made a significant contribution to Jewish studies among Russian-speaking scholars. Sefer was established in the early 90s, when nobody in Russia would have reasonably envisaged any future for academic research of the Jewish civilization there. The number of events and activities organized by Sefer is considerable: three annual conferences, publishing books, sending lecturers on Jewish Studies to different towns, internships for young teachers in Moscow, etc. However, the most important branch is, of course, education. 

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MOFET JTEC - Jewish Educational Leadership. Winter, 2015 – Day Schools Grapple with Ethical Challenges

MOFET JTEC - Jewish Educational Leadership. Winter, 2015 – Day Schools Grapple with Ethical Challenges | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Many view these kinds of challenges as obstacles to be overcome; others, however, see them as opportunities for schools to grow and find their most deeply held values. Much like a real-life Kohlbergian values-clarification exercise, the process of dealing with the challenges sometimes matters as much, if not even more than, the actual results. The process can help examine questions such as: Whose interests does the school place at the core? Who is involved in addressing the problem? What criteria are established for determining the most appropriate course of action? These questions touch the heart of the school’s identity, and it is questions like these to which we devote this issue of Jewish Educational Leadership.

 

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MOFET JTEC - CASJE Blogcast Recap: What Cultivates Jewish Peoplehood?

MOFET JTEC - CASJE Blogcast Recap: What Cultivates Jewish Peoplehood? | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

In December 2015, CASJE’s latest blogcast with researchers, funders, and practitioners explored the different experiences that cultivate a sense of Jewish Peoplehood. The blogcast, which built on theJewish Peoplehood Education Problem Formulation Convening, is part of CASJE’s process to develop research questions that help guide the practice of Jewish Education. The cast participants delivered a rich, engaging conversation that looked deeply at different elements around Jewish Peoplehood experiences. 

On the blogcast’s final day, they honed in on research that they think will help practitioners effectively do the work of Jewish Peoplehood education: 

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MOFET JTEC - Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0 Now Available

MOFET JTEC - Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0 Now Available | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in collaboration with the UJA Federation of New York, announces the launch of Peoplehood Toolkit 3.0. The focus of version 3.0 is on concrete and practical tools for educators and community activists at large. 

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MOFET JTEC - Camp, to Last a Lifetime: Reshet Ramah

MOFET JTEC - Camp, to Last a Lifetime: Reshet Ramah | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Reshet Ramah’s mission is to use the power and passion of the existing Ramah alumni network to increase adult Jewish engagement and create stronger, more vibrant Jewish communities. (Reshet in Hebrew means “network.”) Funded by a grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation and the Maimonides Fund, with additional support from the Jim Joseph Foundation and a number of local funders in various cities, it is a grand experiment, one that stands to make a real impact on the fabric of the Conservative movement and the North American Jewish community as a whole. 

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MOFET JTEC - Building a Teen Movement to Repair the World – On MLK Weekend and Throughout the Year

MOFET JTEC - Building a Teen Movement to Repair the World – On MLK Weekend and Throughout the Year | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

BBYO and Repair work together with teens to raise awareness around issues of social justice through peer-to-peer engagement coupled with the techniques of Jewish experiential education. At the core of BBYO’s Kivun: Educational Framework is the goal that teens involved with the movement will mobilize their peers to understand some of society’s most intractable issues – how Jewish values inform those issues – and then take action through service, philanthropy and advocacy. 

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MOFET JTEC - For the Love of Yiddish (in Israel)

MOFET JTEC - For the Love of Yiddish (in Israel) | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

In 1996 The National Authority for Yiddish Culture was founded to develop, nurture and enable the continuation of Yiddish culture. Five years ago, with the Authority mired in debt, then Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat appointed Dr. Sara Ziv, a respected educator, to chair the organization with the mission of putting the Authority back in order. Ziv studied Yiddish at Bar Ilan University before going on to do her doctorate, which dealt with Yiddish at the time of the early settlement of the Land of Israel. She also holds a second PhD in teacher training, and continues to head the International Channel at the MOFET Institute for Teacher Training, a nonprofit supported by the Ministry of Education. With the Authority’s books now balanced, Ziv says it is now going “full steam ahead in reaching for its goals and it has already made some impressive achievements.” 

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