Jewish Education

'Sefaria' Text Site Could Expand Jewish Learning

Two 30-year-olds want to make the entire Jewish canon available in ‘interactive’ form. Can they pull it off?

06/19/2013
Associate Editor

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Imagine being able to access every major Judaic text, in the original and in English translation, free of charge and from one website.

Through Sefaria, Joshua Foer and Brett Lockspeiser want to reduce barriers to Jewish text study. Michael Datikash

Google Glass and Jewish Education

In 1982 when I was in first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Metropolitan Detroit, my father brought in our family’s Apple II computer for show-and-tell. There were no computers in the school at that time so it was a seminal technological moment for the school. I’m sure my father figured he would blow my classmates minds by showing them how to type a few lines of the LOGO programming language and get the turtle cursor to turn and move across the screen. However, my peers didn’t have any mind-blowing experiences that day -- it was only the beginning of what our generation would come to expect from computers and technology.

Hillel Fuld, a technology evangelist in Israel, tries Google Glass. Photo courtesy Hillel Fuld

JESNA To Shut Down After 32 Years

06/07/2013
Associate Editor

The Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) will cease operations as of July 1. In an announcement sent out Friday, Cass Gottlieb, chair of JESNA's board of directors, noted the dramatic changes that have taken place in the communal and educational landscapes in recent years.

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Round Of Honors For Educators

Area Jewish teachers get Covenant, other awards.

06/06/2013
Associate Editor

With the last day of school on the horizon, some Jewish educators are receiving not just year-end cards and gifts, but prominent awards.

The Covenant Foundation just announced the three recipients for its annual Covenant Award: Zion Ozeri of The Jewish Lens, Howard Blas of Camp Ramah in New England and Judy Finkelstein-Taff of Chicago Jewish Day School.

Zion Ozeri, winner of a Covenant Award for education.

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

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

06/04/2013
Associate Editor

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

The Aish Kodesh: Inflated Success and Positive Reinforcement

05/29/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Many child development books today encourage using only positive language with children. Instead of speaking with discouraging, critical, or punitive language, one should frame the direction in the positive. While there is clearly some benefit to this approach, when done incorrectly it may also further a next generation of inflated egos. There is already no lack of unearned "validation" in our culture. The authors of Switch explain:

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Day School Dilemma

A family is soul searching after a child's admission to a Hebrew-language charter school.

05/01/2013
Editor and Publisher

Carolyn and Don recently found out that they won a highly competitive lottery. They’re excited, of course, but the news has also precipitated some serious questioning on their part about their religious and educational goals — for themselves and their three young children.

Gary Rosenblatt

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What Is Blended Learning in Jewish Education?

What is blended learning? How do we solve the day school crisis? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Kevin Shacknofsky, Meir Nordlicht of Westchester Torah Academy and Jeff Kiderman Executive Director of Affordable Jewish Education Project about the future of Jewish education.

The Challenge of Day School Affordability: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize

10/22/2012

In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no less than supporting the Jewish future – our children are our future, and the values we demonstrate and pass on will determine what they will do with the torch when they are its bearers.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz.
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