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Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.

06/05/2013
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In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Entrepreneurs in a new Jewish ed-tech incubator will interact with participants in Israel’s MindCET incubator.

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.

06/04/2013
Associate Editor
Story Includes Video: 
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In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Israel’s Center for Educational Technology (CET) and the Springfield, N.J.-based Behrman House announced the joint project Tuesday — the news was closely guarded until then — at CET’s annual “Shaping The Future: Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship” conference in Tel Aviv.

David Behrman, of Behrman House, Gila Ben-Har of CET and Avi Warshavsky of MindCET announce new incubator. Behrman House

What Are the Top Jewish Apps?

The Orthodox Union (OU) has just released a new mobile app that will be helpful for those seeking knowledge on what food products are kosher for Passover. The new app allows the user to enter any food item or product to gather all of the kosher information including if the certification is up to date.

I would certainly add this helpful utility app to the listing of the best Jewish apps that I recently published here on The Jewish Week website and in a special "Looking Ahead Looking Back" supplement. Here is the article:

The OU launches new kosher app in time for Passover preparations and the 2011's best mobile apps

Can Online Portals Transform Hebrew Schools?

Content providers like Behrman House are looking to take learning beyond the classroom in race to the digital top.

11/22/2011
Associate Editor

Imagine your child’s Hebrew school homework isn’t on some worksheet crumpled at the bottom of her backpack, forgotten until time to leave the house on Sunday morning.

Cleveland educators participate in a technology conference. Photo by Dave Weinberg

Hebrew School’s New Game Theory

‘Fun’ teaching tool catching on to engage tech-savvy teens, but development costs may be big hurdle.

09/27/2011
Associate Editor

Like most of her friends, Jenn, a Long Island teen, loves computer games. She even plays one at Hebrew school.

With her teacher’s permission.

“Petri World,” a virtual environment in which players have avatars and build a city together, is not a forbidden classroom activity that distracts from the lesson. In Jodi Mishkin’s class at Temple Beth Torah, in Melville, it is the lesson, with students learning about modern Israel as they play.

“Hidden Krakow,” a simulation game under development, aims to teach players about Jewish life in pre-war Poland.

Passover Videos and Apps

Passover is just about here and this year has seen more holiday themed videos and apps than ever before.

Even iPhone apps have entered the Passover preparation business
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