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Trends in Jewish Education
Record Numbers Attending Jewish Faith Schools as Orthodox Numbers Grow
Almost two-thirds of Jewish children in Britain attend Jewish faith schools, the majority of which are "strictly Orthodox", according to new research. A report published by the Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research found that Jewish pupils are disproportionately more likely to attend a faith school than non-Jewish children. Sixty-three percent of Jewish schoolchildren attend a faith school, compared to one in four of all children in the UK.
Publication Year: November 21. 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016
Technology & Computers
Technology: So Pervasive in Jewish Living, So Absent from Jewish Educational Research
The Jewish world, like the world civilization that hosts it, is awash in new technologies. Appropriately, there is a great deal of attention paid to how to improve the Jewish world and Jewish identity through technology. Paradoxically there is a paucity of literature characterizing the relationship of Jews and Judaism to technology. This article examines this relationship through a portrait of a 3-year Covenant-Jewish Education Center of Cleveland project entitled Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology. Seven areas of future research are suggested out of the exploration of these two sources.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 16, 2016
Conferences & Events
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Summer Program at Drisha Institute
High school students from around the world spend five weeks (June 27 – July 28, 2017) together, building their knowledge and friendships at Drisha Institute. Known as the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program, it provides young women with an opportunity to immerse in the study of classical Jewish texts, including Tanakh, Talmud, Halakha and Philosophy. Students live together and engage in both academic and social activities throughout the month.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016
Israel Education
TAMID Group: Who Are We?
TAMID Group, where I am privileged to work, puts programming control in the hands of the students. Or more accurately, we never wrested it from their control, since students started the organization in 2008. Their goal was creating sustainable connections to Israel among the next generation of business leaders, and they did it by creating programming that gives students top-level business training as they prepare to launch their own careers. Eight years later we are on 34 campuses, engaging 1700 students and preparing for the 30 more campuses in our pipeline. We have no political agenda and no religious affiliation – a sizeable percentage of our students are not Jewish – and we are forging new and stronger connections to Israel across the country.
Publication Year: November 23, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016
Education & Administration
Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative Year 5 Evaluation Released
The Jim Joseph Foundation created the Education Initiative to increase the number of educators and educational leaders who are prepared to design and implement high-quality Jewish education programs. The Foundation granted $45 million to three premier Jewish higher education institutions--Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU)--(each institution received $15 million) and challenged them to plan and implement programs that used new content and teaching approaches to increase the number of highly qualified Jewish educators serving the field. As with nearly every major Foundation grant, independent evaluation was built into the grant from the outset. Annually, American Institutes for Research (AIR) provided the Foundation with a comprehensive evaluation of nearly every aspect of the Initiative – number of program enrollees and their experience in the workplace; how the institutions were working together; progress on programs achieving sustainability; and more. Now, with the final evaluation, recently completed, we believe the field has much to learn from the Foundation’s and grant partners’ experience with this investment.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 2, 2016
In-Service Training
The Maharal on Life: The Why Behind the What. New — Free Olami Class for Women Educators
As a Jewish female educator, if you want to continue giving to others, you also have to invest time to receive. If you are thirsting to fill your own wellspring of advanced Torah learning, then this new weekly shiur is a must. Taught by Rabbi Avraham Edelstein, Director of Neve Yerushalayim and Ner Le’Elef, the shiur is an in-depth exploration of the Maharal’s sefer, Tiferes Yisroel, with relevant life lessons and applications to be offered by phone every Monday at 2:00 pm EST.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 23, 2016
Learning Resources
Educators Can Access Resources on Modern Jewish Culture on a New Website - The Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources
Educators interested in teaching about modern Jewish literature and culture can access multimedia teaching materials, free of charge, on a new website, The Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources, a project of the Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The website is home to a growing collection of resource kits focused on various aspects of modern Jewish culture, designed for use by secondary, college, and adult-education teachers. One kit, for instance, considers how Jews were represented onscreen in the early days of cinema, while another explores the cheder, the first educational experience for young boys in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Others look at specific works of literature, from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s famed story “Gimpel the Fool” to Sholem Aleichem’s beloved Tevye the Dairyman character (the basis for Fiddler on the Roof). More kits will be added in the coming months.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016
Teacher Education
Fellowship Opportunity: The Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies
Matan is pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity for aspiring female Jewish educators who are eager to make a positive lasting impact upon the Jewish community: The Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. In August 2016, Matan opened The Eshkolot Institute to train a cadre of expert female teachers and leaders who are equipped to tackle the specific needs of Jewish schools and their students, and spark passion for Jewish learning, the State of Israel and Am Yisrael. Eshkolot offers current educators and recent college graduates pursuing a career in Jewish education the opportunity to study at Matan’s Jerusalem campus, and an option to earn an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University—all within one year.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016
Adult Education
Special in Uniform
In 2014, I left the army and joined Lt. Col Ariel Almog and, together with the Yad Layeled organization (and in partnership with JNF-USA), we founded the “Special in Uniform” program. The program integrates thousands of young people with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, in turn, into Israeli society. We see the inclusion of people with disabilities in the army as a way to help usher them into a self-sufficient life once they are discharged from the army. Our belief is that everyone belongs and has the right to reach his or her full potential. Special in Uniform focuses on the unique talents of each individual participant to help each one find a job that is a perfect fit for the individual’s skills within the IDF. The attention is on the ability, not the disability, of each individual, encouraging independence and integration into society.
Publication Year: November 15, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 23, 2016
Informal Education
Registration for 2017-2018 Repair the World Fellowship Opens
The Repair the World Fellowship is an 11-month opportunity for young adults ages 21 to 26 to engage and challenge the Jewish community to address social justice issues through meaningful volunteering. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change around education justice and food justice. The Fellowship takes place in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Repair the World will provide training, a living stipend, communal housing, and other perks. The 2017-2018 Fellowship will take place from August 14, 2017 through July 12, 2018.
Publication Year: August 14, 2017 - July 12, 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: November 15, 2016
Formal Education
But What Will We Do About It? A Rejoinder to Susan Kardos and Ellen Goldring
We read with interest and considerable frustration the report by Kardos and Goldring on the first phase results of the CASJE study into effective educational leadership in Jewish day schools. This is an incredibly important area that requires, at this point, less research and more action. How will the knowledge derived from this study and a number of other studies of Jewish educational leadership, as well as hundreds of studies of educational leadership in general, reach these school leaders? Where will they go to find it? And why would most of them even look? They’re pretty busy already.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 30, 2016