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The Real Reason Why Being Jewish is Expensive, and What to Do About It

The Real Reason Why Being Jewish is Expensive, and What to Do About It | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
I’m not advocating we all go strictly observant, or turn our backs on Plato and Locke and Kant, or sever ties with non-Jewish friends and family members. I’m simply suggesting we do the same thing with Judaism we had so successfully done with milk: Decide it matters very much, take the time to educate ourselves about what it truly means to us on a physical, intellectual, and spiritual level, and then demand that we be given alternatives that truly reflect our sensibilities.
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The Learning Innovation Cycle

The Learning Innovation Cycle | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Disruption is an interesting topic for the same reason that cowboys, gangsters, and villains are interesting. It’s unpredictable. Problematic. Against the grain.

It’s kind of aging as a buzzword in the “education space,” but it’s other-worldly powerful, and there are few things education needs more. How exactly it produces change is less clear, but I thought I’d create a model to think about. First, a quick preface. The iconic vision of disruptive innovation comes from Clayton Christensen, who uses the term to “describe a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.”

“Companies pursue these “sustaining innovations” at the higher tiers of their markets because this is what has historically helped them succeed: by charging the highest prices to their most demanding and sophisticated customers at the top of the market, companies will achieve the greatest profitability. However, by doing so, companies unwittingly open the door to “disruptive innovations” at the bottom of the market. An innovation that is disruptive allows a whole new population of consumers at the bottom of a market access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or a lot of skill.”

I usually think of disruption as any change that forces itself substantially on existing power sets. This force causes transfer–a redistribution of something–market share, money, credibility, knowledge, or something we collectively value. Here, in this literal re-vision (seeing again) and neo-vision (seeing new), is where enduring learning innovation can be born.

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IDF declares war on smoking

IDF declares war on smoking | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

The IDF is stomping down on smoking and will stop selling cigarettes at 56 open bases across the country beginning November 1.

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A Day School Educator’s Confession

A Day School Educator’s Confession | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
But have we teachers been so careful? Have we been so intentional? Given this sense of holy work, this urgency, I arrive at Yom Kippur each year with a heavy heart. Woe, how I have been hasty and angry and full of excuses (tired)! I have not approached each moment with the dedication and mindfulness that it deserves. I have sinned.

And so, I offer up to my students, this vidui, this confession. Words that cannot begin to make up for the ways that I have hurt and harmed.
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Understanding Prayer: Heart, Mind and Soul - Rabbi Sacks

Understanding Prayer: Heart, Mind and Soul - Rabbi Sacks | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
As we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, join Rabbi Sacks in a series of ten short videos to learn what prayer really is and how it can change your life. To read the transcripts for these videos, please click here.

Below is an embedded playlist featuring all ten videos. You can select a different video from the series by clicking on the menu item in the top left-hand corner of the video. Each video includes subtitles in: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish (click on the Settings button in the bottom right-hand corner to select the required language).
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September MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

September MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
We are pleased to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains research findings about curriculum planning, school leadership training, Jewish education initiatives in the past and present, use of edtech in Jewish education, educational resources for the High Holidays and other curricular areas, conference information and much more. 
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Diary found of yeshiva student kidnapped, killed by Hamas

Diary found of yeshiva student kidnapped, killed by Hamas | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Scorched by fire and stained by water, a notebook in which Gil-Ad Shaer documented his final months, before he was taken and brutally murdered along with two other yeshiva students, presents a glimpse into his inner world, his faith and his joy of life.
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MOFET JTEC - Shofarot Israel – The Story of the Shofar

MOFET JTEC - Shofarot Israel – The Story of the Shofar | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Shofarot Israel tells the story of fifteen generations (7 centuries) of a proud family tradition of creating shofars for use in synagogues around the world. The website includes the history of shofarot in Tanach and Jewish history up to modern times, videos on the process of creating a shofar, history of the family that has been doing this for hundreds of years. The site is in English and Hebrew.
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New interchange completes Jerusalem's Begin Highway - Globes English

New interchange completes Jerusalem's Begin Highway - Globes English | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Rosmarin Interchange in Gilo links the Tunnels Highway in the south of the city to Road 443 near Ramot in the north of Jerusalem.
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MOFET JTEC - “Corresponding with the Professor”: A Didactic Tool for Fostering Students’ Ability to Identify Scholastic Difficulties and Ways of Coping with Them

MOFET JTEC - “Corresponding with the Professor”: A Didactic Tool for Fostering Students’ Ability to Identify Scholastic Difficulties and Ways of Coping with Them | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
During their school years, students encounter difficulties of various types from both content-related and emotional aspects. Often, when asked directly about their learning difficulties, students struggle to express these difficulties explicitly and clearly; as a result, teachers find it a challenge to provide them with a suitable and satisfactory response. In order to help students express their scholastic difficulties, particularly cognitive and emotional ones, and foster their ability to chart out courses of action for coping with these difficulties, we have developed a tool we call “Corresponding with the Professor”. Specifically, this involves writing a letter to an imaginary Professor which contains a description of a difficulty (or difficulties) followed by writing a detailed letter of response from the Professor (to oneself actually) that offers suggestions and recommendations aimed at possible ways of coping with the difficulty (or difficulties). In developing this tool, we have relied on research literature related to writing a “letter to myself”. In this paper, we shall present the tool and its theoretical basis.
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MOFET JTEC - NEW - National Library of Israel Shabbat Resource Pack

MOFET JTEC - NEW - National Library of Israel Shabbat Resource Pack | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
One of the main values of the Jewish people is the day of rest - Shabbat.Throughout the generations and around the world, we have kept and marked this special day in many different ways: religious traditions, family time, culture and resting from the busy week. The National Library of Israel’s latest Shabbat resource pack includes a door sign written by a Nobel Laureate, an election poster protesting the lack of public transport on Shabbat, and a picture of an 18th century German Jewish woman lighting the Shabbat candles, giving a glimpse of the different aspects of Shabbat.

The Shabbat Resource Pack includes a special student activity – A Shabbat Moment, in which students get a chance to peek into moments in Jewish homes on Shabbat (captured by artists), from 19th century Frankfurt to 20th century Warsaw. Students will analyze the artwork and use it as inspiration to write a scene dramatizing the moment. The artwork and writing pieces will then be collated into an e-book.
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MOFET JTEC - What's App, Sir? Teachers and Students in WhatsApp Groups (in Hebrew)

MOFET JTEC - What's App, Sir? Teachers and Students in WhatsApp Groups (in Hebrew) | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The instant messaging application WhatsApp enables quick, interactive multimedia communication in closed groups, as well as one-on-one interactions between selected group members. It has become one of the most popular applications, and is regularly used by both teachers and students for personal and group communication. In the present study, we explore student perspectives on the phenomenon of WhatsApp "classroom groups", in which both teachers and students from a particular classroom interact with one another in closed groups.
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Jewish EdTech in a World of Cognitive Surplus

Jewish EdTech in a World of Cognitive Surplus | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In an age where everyone has ready access to what would have recently been considered to be a supercomputer, how can an industrial–age educational system adapt to an abundance of knowledge and tools?
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We have seen the future, and it looks Orthodox

We have seen the future, and it looks Orthodox | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A glimpse of that hypothetical future community may be found in the 2017 American Jewish Committee’s Survey of American Jewish Opinion, the latest installment of the organization’s annual report on the attitudes of a representative sample of American Jews, conducted in August. The stark differences it finds between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews today go far beyond varying patterns of religious observance, and suggest the profound social, political and ideological changes that may lie ahead.

The survey confirms that Orthodox Jews are highly pro-family and pro-natalist. An astounding 42 percent of the Orthodox respondents are aged 18-29, as compared to just 15 percent of Conservative Jews, 19 percent  of Reform and 16 percent of those calling themselves “Just Jewish.” And despite their relative youth, 83 percent of the Orthodox respondents are married, far more than the 54 percent of Conservative, 52 percent of Reform and 44 percent of Just Jewish who are
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16 Online Resources to Support Your High Holiday Curriculum | DigitalJLearning Network

16 Online Resources to Support Your High Holiday Curriculum | DigitalJLearning Network | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are just around the corner! We know the beginning of the year is a busy time for teachers, so we rounded up all the best videos, websites, apps and more to help you make the High Holidays meaningful for your students. Whether you teach 12th grade or Kindergarten, there’s something here for your classroom.
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Does Orthodox Explosion Signal Doom For Conservative And Reform?

Does Orthodox Explosion Signal Doom For Conservative And Reform? | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The demographic trends we described are already in motion and cannot be changed overnight. The American Jewish community is entering a transitional period, and in particular the Conservative and Reform movements are facing a rocky few decades that will have implications for many of the major Jewish communal institutions. We hope that a dose of hardnosed realism will motivate committed action so that we get through this period with our feet on the right path.
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Free online timeline maker

Free online timeline maker | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Time.Graphics is a timeline and free of charge online service for creating infographics. Is it possible to make historical analysis in one click? Yes, it’s real. We present to your attention the innovative service!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 15, 1:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool that has been nicely integrated with Google apps.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, September 19, 6:47 AM
A good tool to create rich timelines and infographics where different element can be embedded
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Cornell and Technion institute open high-tech campus in NY

Cornell and Technion institute open high-tech campus in NY | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A high-tech teaching and research center born of a collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology inaugurated its newly built campus on Roosevelt Island.
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Golan Turkey farm-turned shofar factory welds horns for Jews far and wide

Golan Turkey farm-turned shofar factory welds horns for Jews far and wide | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Producing thousands a year, Kol Shofar owner Shimon Keinan's northern Israel business culminates a life-long dream
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Archaeologists reconstruct how the Arch of Titus looked – in full color

Archaeologists reconstruct how the Arch of Titus looked – in full color | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
When built, the Arch was not a majestic white stone testimony to Rome crushing the Jews, it was a brightly colored monument aggrandizing Vespasian and his dynasty.
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MOFET JTEC - The Student Voice in Designing a Jewish Studies High School Curriculum: A Case Study

MOFET JTEC - The Student Voice in Designing a Jewish Studies High School Curriculum: A Case Study | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In January 2012, a team of curriculum specialists based at Bar Ilan University in Israel were approached by a Jewish day school in Australia to design a new Jewish Studies curriculum for its school. The mandate was to design a curriculum model from first-steps that would form the basis for the new curriculum.

This article demonstrates how combining elements of Fullan's ideas about school partnerships with Schwab's 'commonplaces' concepts can best meet the needs of the school's specific population and ethos. The role of student voice is shown to be critical in curriculum deliberations and decision making. Assumptions made by teachers about what students would want to learn proved, in a number of instances, inaccurate. Our research seems to indicate that the student "commonplace" voice within the design of a new curriculum should be given more consideration in the curriculum design process.
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MOFET JTEC - NEW - National Library of Israel Shabbat Resource Pack

MOFET JTEC - NEW - National Library of Israel Shabbat Resource Pack | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
One of the main values of the Jewish people is the day of rest - Shabbat.Throughout the generations and around the world, we have kept and marked this special day in many different ways: religious traditions, family time, culture and resting from the busy week. The National Library of Israel’s latest Shabbat resource pack includes a door sign written by a Nobel Laureate, an election poster protesting the lack of public transport on Shabbat, and a picture of an 18th century German Jewish woman lighting the Shabbat candles, giving a glimpse of the different aspects of Shabbat.
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