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Trends in Jewish Education
New Program Aims to Bring Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel into Tech Economy
The immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel has been a mixed success story: On the one hand, statistics show that the majority of members of the community are working; on the other hand, the jobs they are doing are not the high-quality ones hoped for by all Israelis. To correct that, the government announced this week that it would spend NIS 55 million ($14 million) on programs to improve the work status of Ethiopian immigrants. Job training, academic programs, and grants to employers for hiring workers of Ethiopian descent are all part of the new effort initiated by the government Ministerial Committee on the Integration of Israeli Citizens of Ethiopian Descent into Israeli Society.
Publication Year: January 22, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2016
Technology & Computers
Gaming Creates Virtual World of Peace
Games for Peace (G4P) is a movement to bridge gaps between young people in conflict zones through a shared experience of playing popular video games requiring communication and collaboration within a virtual world. Rather than reinventing the wheel, G4P adapts internationally beloved games, particularly Minecraft, to accomplish its goal. Kids across the Middle East can play G4P together from the safety of their own school or home. One way to do this is periodic Play for Peace weekends, the first of which attracted 100 players in January 2014 in a fun collaboration to build the world’s first virtual peace village via Minecraft.
Publication Year: January 5, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: January 10, 2016
Conferences & Events
Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Opens New Center
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow yesterday hosted its annual candle lighting ceremony honoring the millions who died in the Holocaust with the opening of a new interactive center, “The War and the Holocaust: Thoughts on the Past and the Future.” The opening was timed for January 27, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center pays special attention to remembrance of the victims of the Nazis’ unprecedented crimes against humanity, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the personal stories of its witnesses. One of the museum’s main events is the annual lighting of memorial candles in memory of the millions of the dead, made even more special this year with the opening of the new interactive center.
Publication Year: January 28, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: February 3, 2016
Israel Education
Because 10 Days Just Aren’t Enough
Birthright is an amazing, eye-opening adventure. What is also true, is that a well-designed extension program which gives participants time to reflect on their initial tour, deepening their connection to Jewish spirituality and community, will result in an even greater impact. After all the effort and resources invested in bringing the participants to Israel, it is worth our while to ensure that the experience is maximized. After being one of the original Birthright trip providers for the first nine years, Livnot U’Lehibanot began offering extension programs instead. These programs have run for the past six years, without a major sponsor, due to the determination of a team of dedicated educators and staff, with support from alumni and long-time friends of Livnot. We are grateful that the Jim Joseph Foundation has now awarded a grant to help support our one-week Northern Exposure extension, which enriches the Birthright experience.
Publication Year: November 3, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: January 10, 2016
Education & Administration
Four Ideas for Engaging Families with Young Children in Jewish Life
Every new parent understands the pressure and stress associated with finding the best ways to create a rich and fulfilling future for their children. Faced with societal expectations, money constraints, and more programmatic opportunities than ever for their young ones, Jewish life may not always make it to the top of the priority list. As a part of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Communities of Practice work, we’re partnering with congregations (both those with and without preschools) to further and more effectively engage families with young children in congregational life. The full results of this work can be found in a new resource, Engaging Families with Young Children. Here’s a look at some of the best principles.
Publication Year: August 17, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: February 3, 2016
In-Service Training
Personalized Coaching in Blended Learning for Day School Teachers
The AVI CHAI Foundation is partnering with BetterLesson to bring personalized professional development to Jewish day schools to strengthen personalized learning. This is an exciting opportunity for interested schools to apply for a team of teachers to engage with expert blended learning coaches to develop their blended learning practices. This Spring pilot program is designed for teachers who have already introduced blended or personalized learning strategies in their classrooms. The program begins with an in-depth, 2-day Design Studio during which teachers will choose one area of their current blended learning practice that they want to further develop and collaborate with their coach to design a plan to implement these enhancements. The design studio is followed by ongoing virtual coaching, including biweekly meetings, as they implement their designs this Spring.
Publication Year: January 26, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: February 3, 2016
Learning Resources
Israel National Trail Now on Google Street View
The Israel National Trail (INT), the 1,100 km trail that crosses the entire country from north to south, recently became the first such trail to be uploaded to Google's Street View service, in honor of Tu Bishvat (the Jewish New Year of trees). The path was filmed for three months by 250 staff members of Israel's Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) and Google, and is now accessible to anyone in the the world using Google Maps. The INT was recorded by Google Street view using two Trekker cameras, which younger members of the SPNI carried on their backs. The INT was selected as one of the 20 best trails in the world by National Geographic magazine.
Publication Year: January 28, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: February 3, 2016
Teacher Education
Applications Are Now Open: YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Cohort VI
Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) has announced that it is now accepting applications and nominations for Cohort VI of its Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education. The Certificate Program provides outstanding in-service practitioners with tools, knowledge and skills designed to infuse their practice with deliberation and intentionality by introducing theories and models that capture the essence of Experiential Jewish Education and its impact on the formation of Jewish identity.
Publication Year: January 26, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: February 3, 2016
Adult Education
Summer Programs, for the Yiddishist in You
Yiddish attracts a wide range of Jews and non-Jews alike, and for a variety of reasons—religion (it’s still the spoken language for most frum Ashkenazim, politics (a language and culture that affirms Ashkenazi Jews’ rootedness in Europe and the diaspora, rather than in Israel), culture and history (despite the past half-century’s renaissance in Yiddish scholarship, there’s still so, so much more left to study and explore), and much more. And although I didn’t know it when I applied to YIVO’s summer program, there’s a similarly wide a range of Yiddish programs in existence today for the nascent Yiddishist.
Publication Year: January 21, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2016
Informal Education
Jewish Youth in Texas: Toward a Multi-Methodological Approach to Minority Identity
Qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to examine the religious and ethnic identity of youth attending a Jewish summer camp in Texas. A strong aspect of participants' Jewish identity is formulated in reaction to the surrounding Christian society, with which they negotiate a compromise to live relatively comfortably. The in-formal religious education and temporary community of the camp allow exploration of a proactive Jewish identity.
Publication Year: Winter, 2006     |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2016
Formal Education
Teacher Diversity and the Right to Adaptable Education in the Religiously Oriented School: What Can We Learn From Students’ Perceptions?
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. Findings demonstrate that teacher diversity in a religiously oriented school may fulfill the children’s right to adaptable education by motivating children to engage in social perspective taking, and to interact with multiple spheres of cultural affiliations.
Publication Year: January 12, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2016
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