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Trends in Jewish Education
Many American Jews – third and fourth generation immigrants – carry within them the distant echo of their parents’ and grandparents’ Judaism. They know that there are stories to tell but can’t remember the major plot lines let alone the sacred details. They know that there was a Jewish song that guided and propelled, that healed and held for many generations, but they have no idea how to access the memory of that song. Our grandparents and great-grandparents came to Ellis Island clutching sacred books, memories, recipes and traditions. Their children tossed them overboard to become American, go to drive-ins and play baseball. But now many of us, uber-American, find ourselves wondering if there may have been anything in those forgotten books that could help us navigate life’s most challenging questions.
Publication Year: March 3, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 19, 2015
Technology & Computers
JconnecT Online Hebrew School Registration Now Opening for 2015-16
JETS Israel has announced the opening of registration for the JconnecT Onlinline Hebrew School 2015-6 school year. JconnecT is entering its sixth year, providing online Jewish education for young teens and pre-teens aged 11-14. The classes involve a high level of interactive activity, with subjects ranging from Jewish holidays and traditions to Contemporary Jewish Issues, Jewish history, Israel and more.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 30, 2015
Conferences & Events
Ma'agal 2015 - The Next Step in Israeli Dance Education
Ma’agal, hosted by Camp Alonim just outside Los Angeles, CA on May 26-28, 2015, is a unique opportunity for rikud specialists from Jewish camps of all kinds — from the dance-obsessed to “what does rikud mean again?” (it means dance!) — to learn everything they need to take their camp's Israeli dance programs to the next level. Connect with a new community of Israeli dance professionals and be part of a growing network that will exist throughout the summer and for summers to come.
Publication Year: May 26-28, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 29, 2015
Taglit Fellows Now Accepting Applications For Cohort 3
Taglit-Birthright Israel opened registration earlier this week for Cohort 3 of Taglit Fellows, the professional development program launched in 2014 in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education as an educational intensive for exceptional Jewish leaders and aspiring Jewish educators looking to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. The first two cohorts were comprised of nearly 200 Fellows who were selected from over 1,000 applicants. The program will welcome in another group of highly motivated and talented individuals to increase the quality of the Taglit-Birthright Israel experience and to play significant roles in the ongoing Jewish journeys of young adults.
Publication Year: April 16, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 29, 2015
Education & Administration
Israeli Teachers' Salaries Rise 54% in Past Decade
The salaries of teachers and inspectors in Israel's education system have risen 54% over the past decade from an average of NIS 6,807 per month to NIS 10,438, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports. In real terms (after the rise in the Consumer Price Index is deducted) this is a rise of 29%. The salaries of teachers in haredi high schools is only half that of their colleagues in state high schools.
Publication Year: March 3, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 11, 2015
Yad Vashem Holocaust Education Video Toolbox
The Holocaust Education Video Toolbox is designed to help educators teach the Holocaust. The focus is on methodological and pedagogical suggestions that aid with this often daunting task, as well as practical materials and discussion points for classrooms and groups - hence the name, Video Toolbox. In choosing the various topics, we have drawn on our experience with a global audience of teachers at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 30, 2015
Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish Day School Teachers
The Brandeis University Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish day school teachers is a unique educational opportunity for exceptional educators at Jewish day schools who want to become effective teacher leaders without having to give up classroom teaching. Fellows will join talented and experienced teachers from a variety of school settings in a 13-month course of study (equivalent to the Advanced Graduate Study (AGS) in Teacher Leadership) that includes some elements designed exclusively for teachers in Jewish day schools.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 12, 2015
Young Russians Seen Edging Closer To Jewish Community
Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Publication Year: January 7, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: January 15, 2015
Rosh Hodesh: It's a girl Thing! Evaluation Report
When Jewish education promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to help Jewish teens grow into adulthood with confidence, compassion and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community. Moving Traditions has just received “proof of concept” on this model of Jewish teen education that we have been honing for more than a decade with 1,400 small groups of girls meeting through the auspices of 388 institutional partners in the Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! program. The evidence, researched by respected independent evaluators Dr. Pearl Beck and Dr. Tobin Belzer, shows that Moving Traditions has developed a model that in fact does keep girls healthy, confident, and connected to Jewish life.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: April 29, 2015
Jewish Educational Leadership. Winter, 2014 – Defining the Goals of Day School Education
The re-examination of the raison d’etre of day schools goes beyond the rewriting of mission statements – it cuts to the core of what day schools are for and why they are invaluable, if not irreplaceable. This process can be both frightening and energizing, and raises many questions. Who should be involved in that process – day school heads, middle management, teachers, students, parents, lay leaders, communal religious leaders? Are the goals identified going to be descriptions of “ideal graduates” with the requisite body of knowledge, skills, beliefs, and behaviors, or a picture of adult members of the Jewish community five, ten, and twenty five years beyond graduation? Will the goals be measurable and demonstrable, or will we have to wait a generation to see if we are successful? This issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is dedicated to re-opening the question of where we are going.
Publication Year: Winter, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: April 20, 2015