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Trends in Jewish Education
American Jews in Text and Context: Jacob Behrman and the Rise of a Publishing Dynasty
This article explores the career of Jacob Behrman (1921–2012) and the growth of Behrman House from a small Jewish bookseller to the leading publisher of Jewish religious school textbooks. Behrman’s success owed in part to his ability to appeal to the vast center, to gauge correctly his consumers’ needs and reflect their outlook and values, to eschew partisanship and play down ideological differences, and to swim with the tide.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 21, 2015
Technology & Computers
Shalom Learning Expands Curriculum to Include Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Programs and One-on-One Tutoring
Believing every Jewish family, however isolated, over-scheduled, unaffiliated or disengaged, deserves to engage their children in fun and accessible Jewish education, ShalomLearning, Inc., today announced an expansion of its curriculum to now include bar/bat mitzvah preparation for 7th and 8th grade students as well as one-on-one online tutoring for Jewish learners of all ages and abilities. Beginning this fall, ShalomLearning, a non-profit, will offer tutoring in Hebrew reading and conversational Hebrew, as well as a track of courses designed specifically for b’nei mitzvah preparation.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 27, 2015
Conferences & Events
Limmud to Hold Inaugural Tel Aviv Event This Week
It’s been a long time coming, but Limmud, the global Jewish learning movement, will hold its first big bash ever in Tel Aviv this week. More than 120 sessions are scheduled for the two-day event that opens Thursday morning and will be held at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and the Ruth Daniel Residence in Jaffa. According to local organizers, hundreds of participants have registered to participate in Limmud TLV, though barely a handful among them from outside the country.
Publication Year: May 14, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 21, 2015
After Birthright Next, What's Next?
Gary Rosenblatt writes about two new programs for returned Birthright Israel participants that are seeking to fill the vacuum caused by the closing of Birthright NEXT, which had been created to translate the participants’ enthusiasm for Israel into involvement in Jewish life back home. One Table, is based on the success Birthright Next had for several years in helping to sponsor Friday night Shabbat meals for Birthright alumni. Another innovative program, Bring Israel Home, offers a weekend retreat with fellow Birthrighters from their group of 40 bus mates, plus the Israeli participants, to those groups who complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the three months following their trip.
Publication Year: May 20, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 27, 2015
Education & Administration
Budgeting for Ultra-Orthodox Education—The Failure of Ultra-Orthodox Politics, 1996–2006
Funding for ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) education has become a major political topic in Israel. This article examines the conventional notion that funding for Haredi pupils increases as Haredi political strength rises. A study was conducted examining the correlation between budget changes and the political strength of the Haredi parties at three levels: parliamentary representation, extent of coalition partnership, and a government headed by their political ally, the Likud. The correlation was checked against the Budget Law and against actual budget expenditures during 1996–2006.
Publication Year: Summer, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 13, 2015
Two Day Retreat for Jewish Youth Professionals
The Jewish Education Project invites Jewish Youth professionals to a two day retreat on May 27-8, 2015 at Surprise Lake Camp, Cold Spring, NY. Take yourself out of the madness of running a teen program to recharge your batteries, rethink your approach, restock your tool box! Get a healthy dose of fresh air while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Surprise Lake Camp.
Publication Year: May 27-8, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 18, 2015
Revelation – A Limmud Resource for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
To make for a rich Tikkun Leyl Shavuot experience, Limmud Chavruta Team volunteers have compiled Chavruta study materials on the theme of "Revelation". You can study these sources in pairs or in groups anywhere - at home, in a community building, in a coffee shop, or even outdoors, if the weather is good enough! And do share this with others or use them with your community. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers, simply enjoy the learning, knowing that fellow Limmudniks around the world are learning the same texts in their communities.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 25, 2015
Melton Center at Jerusalem's Hebrew University Opens Long-Distance MA in Jewish Education
The Melton Centre of Jewish Education of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem has announced a new distance learning Master's degree track. Taught entirely in English, the program offers students from around the world the chance to earn a master’s degree in Jewish education in just one year of study with a 6-week semester in Jerusalem. Now the Melton Centre is providing international students with the opportunity for a comprehensive advanced degree, anywhere in the world.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 25, 2015
Can Online Study Impact Jewish Learning in Europe?
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was privileged to introduce an opportunity for pluralistic adult Jewish learning for young Europeans. Melton recently piloted “Melton Online Europe,” a 10-week synchronous online learning experience. Fifteen carefully selected participants representing communities in ten countries on the European continent formed the virtual class. The participants were between 25-40 years old, and all of them are heavily involved in informal Jewish education in their own communities. nature of the topics in the real lives of the participants.
Publication Year: May 5, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 25, 2015
Newly Launched Australia Bat Mitzva Program Shows Tweens Local Poverty
A unique Jewish coming of age program for 11-12 year old girls, Twelve, has been launched this year in Melbourne, Australia, in response to a growing desire of many parents to show their tweens firsthand what poverty and disadvantage looks like in Australia. Over 50 families, or 100 participants, have signed up for the yearlong program to roll their sleeves up and get to work with their daughters to help people in need.
Publication Year: May 26, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 27, 2015
Don’t Lower the Bar for The Bar Mitzvah
There has been a lot of discussion recently in the rabbinic community about bar/bat mitzvah preparation. Some are claiming that bar/bat mitzvah preparation needs to be changed from emphasizing the mastery of the Haftorah (a section from the Prophets) to simply being able to lead some prayers. It is being claimed that these new curricula, although less rigorous and less authentic to the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, will enable students to put to practice that which they may use on a weekly basis rather than that which occurs once each year, when their particular Haftorah is scheduled to be chanted in the synagogue.
Publication Year: May 12, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: May 27, 2015