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There’s no secret sauce: we already know the recipe for Jewish engagement

There’s no secret sauce: we already know the recipe for Jewish engagement | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
          How many ants does it take to move an elephant? That's what the traditionally bureaucratic Jewish community feels like to me sometimes, like ants trying to move an elephant. No matter how many ants you have, there won't be any typical ways to make that elephant want to move. Many…
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The global power of Jewish community

The global power of Jewish community | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
Who is this people who are drawn to be with each other, who live thousands of miles apart in their everyday lives but for whom the lure of Shabbat evokes its power to gather together?
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25 Alternatives To What'd You Learn In School Today?

25 Alternatives To What'd You Learn In School Today? | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
25 Alternatives To "What'd You Learn In School Today?" by Terry Heick You try to fake it, but it limps right out of your mouth
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The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
They’re all hard to improve because they run counter to our instincts.
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49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
Have an anxious child? Try one of these 49 phrases: You are safe, what color is it, can you draw it, tell me the worst case, an
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The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You? - Edudemic

The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You? - Edudemic | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
You love to learn. Your students, colleagues, and parents love to learn. But what kind of styles of learning are most effective for each party?
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EU says continue Mideast peace role despite Israel move

EU says continue Mideast peace role despite Israel move | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said European Union would continue its role in Middle East peace diplomacy despite Israel saying it was suspending contact.
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Muslim boys are ‘just being teenagers’

Muslim boys are ‘just being teenagers’ | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
MUSLIM youth who have been charged with terrorism offences or targeted in recent counter-terrorism raids are merely teenagers being teenagers, a university lecturer has told an Islam conference.
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The Maccabeats - Latke Recipe - Hanukkah

Music video for "Latke Recipe," a parody of "Shut Up And Dance" originally performed by Walk the Moon Video by Uri Westrich Uri@driveinproductions.com Suppor...
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History of Jewish ties to Holy Land front and center in Capitol Hill exhibition | Washington Jewish Week

History of Jewish ties to Holy Land front and center in Capitol Hill exhibition | Washington Jewish Week | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, speaks at the Capitol Hill opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship

Via Josh Marks
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Excerpt: "Knowing history is important to counter hatred and anti-Semitism".

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Josh Marks's curator insight, November 25, 2015 12:32 PM

At the Capitol Hill opening of an exhibition documenting the 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish people with the Holy Land, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said this: “We need to know this history. The world needs to know this history because knowing history is important for peace today. Knowing history is important to counter hatred and anti-Semitism. This history cannot be denied. This is the core mandate of UNESCO — to promote mutual understanding, respect, to fight all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and denial. This I believe has never been so important. This is also how we must respond to violent extremism, to hatred and to intolerance.” Read my Washington Jewish Week story for more on the event.

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Actress Zooey Deschanel converts to Judaism

Actress Zooey Deschanel converts to Judaism | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
The daughter of a Quaker and a Roman Catholic, Deschanel converted to Judaism shortly before marrying producer Jacob Pechenik.
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Zooey's Jewish fans might want to say "Mazel Tov" 

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3 Ways Your Jewish Non-Profit Can Achieve Organizational Integrity

3 Ways Your Jewish Non-Profit Can Achieve Organizational Integrity | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
We are witnessing the highly valued currency of connection in many organizations, especially non-profits. This is so because non-profit organizations have the most to gain from a consistent and loyal donor/customer (hereafter named d/c) base. When resources are thin, the value of customer retention is at a premium. Yet, despite the rash of open positions…
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Does your non-profit follows any or all of the three recommendations? 

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From Jewish Camp to Home: Five Easy Things to Do

From Jewish Camp to Home: Five Easy Things to Do | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
  How can your Jewish community maximize campers' experiences when they arrive home? Summer camp is exhilarating for our Jewish teens. For most, living Judaism 24/7 and not as an 'add-on' activity that so often happens on the home front is a powerful experience.  The ways in which it's different are probably obvious but some still deserve mentioning: Weeks at camp…
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Flipping the Jewish Journey Map: Empowering Our Teens to Engage and Guide Each Other

Flipping the Jewish Journey Map: Empowering Our Teens to Engage and Guide Each Other | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
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Why paper is the real 'killer app'

Why paper is the real 'killer app' | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it

"With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times."


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This is Not the Climate Change You’re Thinking About

This is Not the Climate Change You’re Thinking About | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
At times, I resist writing a post because I just don't want to spend the time doing all the research it might take.  I also think that no one would want to spend their valuable time just reading another opinion.  So, to be fair to you, this one's for me. It's just something that I…
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EZ Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have

EZ Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Gordon Dahlby's comment, February 13, 2016 6:12 PM
Looks more like a walk down an exhibit hall of vendors than skill/talent tied to teaching & learning.
Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 19, 2016 5:10 AM

These and many other tools are available. But if you are a teacher, what do you think? Is it really necessary to have all these skills? There is so much content readily available online and if you can organise to prepare materials in teams, or have access to a PLN on or offline, then you can share the load. 

 

Some teachers and content creators have specific skills and their expertise can be used or accessed by anyone. Personally, I think it's good for teachers to be aware of the digital possibilities for their teaching context, but it is generally unrealistic for anyone to expect all teachers to become skilled in so many different areas. 

 

Is it not better to pick fewer areas more relevant to you and focus on them? Be a master of a few areas useful to you, not a jack of all trades feeling stressed that you are master of none. 

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 17, 2017 11:12 AM
Resumo da Literacia Digital Essencial para cada professor em 2017 - destrezas úteis no dia-a-dia e que aproximam dos alunos nesta era de soluções tecnológicas em veloz transformação para novos problemas e problemas de sempre: gravar e editar registos sonoros, crear conteúdos em video anotados, interativos e envolventes, criar conteúdos visuais motivadoes, modular o poder dos media, criar e aderir a redes pessoais de aprendizagem, usar bblogues e wikis para construir espaços de participação para os alunos, usar a seleção de sítios web para gerir e partilhar recursos, construir apresentações entusiasmantes, portefolios digitais, inquéritos (quizzes) não convencionais.
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Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students | Edudemic

Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students | Edudemic | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
No matter how much you love your students, it’s not an easy task with so many of them in front of you and so many duties to balance.
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Merkel: Refugees entering Germany must reject anti-Semitism

Merkel: Refugees entering Germany must reject anti-Semitism | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
Chancellor is awarded Reform movement prize as ‘guarantor of basic democratic values and freedom of religion’
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Jewish Soviet spy who long duped Israel dies at 97

Jewish Soviet spy who long duped Israel dies at 97 | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
Jewish Soviet spy who long duped Israel dies at 97
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Chanukah Song Part 4

I did a show with some friends in San Diego last week and recorded a new one for you. Have a great holiday season.
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Israeli killed in Mali gave his life to improve education in developing countries - Israel News

Israeli killed in Mali gave his life to improve education in developing countries - Israel News | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
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10 Dos & Don'ts When Talking to Your Children about Terrorism

10 Dos & Don'ts When Talking to Your Children about Terrorism | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it
The recent violence and terrorist attacks in Paris present challenges for parents. Do you tell your children? When and how do you tell your children about these terrorizing and scary events? What are the dos and don'ts?
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These recommendations can be easily adapted for teens. It's extremely important to have this talk. Don't assume that because your teen is older, s/he automatically understands these very complicated issues.
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Is the Jewish Community in America Actually in Crisis?

Is the Jewish Community in America Actually in Crisis? | Jewish Life Today | Scoop.it

Will the change we're experiencing have a positive or negative impact? Read what this author says. 

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Telling excerpt: "Technology has democratized access to Jewish wisdom and practice and prompted a dazzling panoply of opportunities for people to engage Jewishly without needing to invest lots of time or money."

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