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Hassenfeld, Ziva R. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2019
This study set out to design and implement an approach to Tanakh education that would help students become expert decoders of the Biblical Hebrew text as they became expert interpreters of it. The goal, following existing, research-based best instructional practices from literacy, was to create a curriculum in which language skills and meaning…
Descriptors: Judaism, Biblical Literature, Semitic Languages, Language Skills
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Raider-Roth, Miriam; Rector-Aranda, Amy; Kaiser, Tammy; Lipinsky, Liron; Weikel, Alison; Wolkenfeld, Sara; Zaidenberg, Liat – Journal of Jewish Education, 2019
In this article, the authors describe and discuss applications of the Group-Level Assessment/Understanding (GLA/GLU) process, an innovative participatory action research methodology. The authors first describe the GLA/GLU application in the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) and the creation of an MTEI interpretive community to deeply…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Risk, Teaching Methods
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Cousens, Beth – Journal of Jewish Education, 2018
A leader in Jewish education policy for over 30 years, Jonathan Woocher influenced countless practitioners and policy makers. This article examines Woocher's body of written work by investigating three of his pieces published over a span of 20 years. The article exposes four themes: Jewish education is a project of building infrastructure, Jewish…
Descriptors: Jews, Educational Policy, Religious Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Kress, Jeffrey S.; Rotstein, Evie – Journal of Jewish Education, 2018
Outcomes in the inter- and intra-personal realms are central to the goals of Jewish education, yet educators often struggle to address them in a meaningful way. In this article, we describe what we learned from facilitating an online community of practice for congregational school leaders and day school educators seeking to enhance their work in…
Descriptors: Day Schools, Judaism, Spiritual Development, Religious Education
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Reimer, Joseph – Journal of Jewish Education, 2016
Missing from the growing literature on Jewish camps is Lukinsky's (1968) pioneering study of the curriculum to teach responsibility that he designed for the 1966 Ramah American Seminar. Reviewing this work I discovered that Lukinsky--under Schwab's (1971) influence--creates a rare balance between his own perspectives as an educational practitioner…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Religious Education, Resident Camp Programs
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Krasner, Jonathan – Journal of Jewish Education, 2016
"Jewish identity," which emerged as an analytical term in the 1950s, appealed to a set of needs that American Jews felt in the postwar period, which accounted for its popularity. Identity was the quintessential conundrum for a community on the threshold of acceptance. The work of Kurt Lewin, Erik Erikson, Will Herberg, Marshall Sklare,…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Religious Education, Identification
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Graff, Gil – Journal of Jewish Education, 2016
A century ago, Israel Friedlaender--scholar, communal activist, and educator--played a key role in such educational institutions as the Teachers Institute of JTS, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Menorah Society, Young Israel, and Young Judea. A JTS professor and prolific writer, Friedlaender has been described as "the teacher of the…
Descriptors: Jews, Judaism, Religious Education, Organizations (Groups)
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Gutoff, Joshua – Journal of Jewish Education, 2015
This article proposes a theoretical framework for understanding the possibility of Talmudic stories (as well as other narratives and scenes of interactions among two or more characters) to nurture the growth of the moral imagination as it is expressed in two related but distinct ways. At the intersection of work by educators, literary critics, and…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Judaism, Teaching Methods, Religious Education
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Ezrachi, Elan – Journal of Jewish Education, 2015
Travel to Israel has been a central feature of Jewish and Zionist education yet it is time for this educational travel to be examined in the context of current cultural trends of travel and transnational experiences. The Jewish educational community has not yet internalized the impact of global trends on the field of travel to Israel from a…
Descriptors: Travel, Judaism, Cultural Context, Jews
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Gottlieb, Owen – Journal of Jewish Education, 2013
Israeli film and television have risen to international prominence, presenting compelling and complicating perspectives. Simultaneously, Web 2.0 technologies have accelerated the spread and immediacy of digital media. Following the work of Holtz (2003) and Levisohn (2010) in developing orientations for teaching Bible and Rabbinic Literature, this…
Descriptors: Television, Foreign Countries, Web 2.0 Technologies, Montessori Method
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Kent, Orit; Cook, Allison – Journal of Jewish Education, 2012
This article presents a pedagogical framework for interpreting and discussing texts with others, ""havruta" inspired pedagogy." The framework is comprised of three overlapping domains: structures, stance and practices. We illustrate each domain through teachers' words and classroom practices, depicting how teachers in one context work within these…
Descriptors: Supplementary Education, Jews, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Woocher, Jonathan – Journal of Jewish Education, 2012
A century ago a group of educators led an effort to transform American Jewish education to enable it to operate successfully in the 20th century. Today, with American Jews living under very different conditions, a similar effort is needed to reinvent Jewish education for the 21st century. Changes and new initiatives already taking place on the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Jews, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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Sales, Amy L. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2012
Reinventing Jewish education is not about tinkering at the surface level but at creating deep change, a new paradigm. Superficial change is built on existing models, but deep change dramatically breaks with the past and challenges current models, norms, values, and beliefs. A paradigm shift is a radical move and, as many have discovered, it is…
Descriptors: Jews, Educational Change, Models, Educational Research
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Lynn-Sachs, Michelle – Journal of Jewish Education, 2011
This article focuses on one aspect of a case study of three congregations (Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant): the structure of the religious education programs. The three institutions were structured in much the same way, and the way they were structured looked like public school. If we have more in common with our neighborhood churches and public…
Descriptors: Jews, Religious Education, Comparative Analysis, Scholarship
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Levenson, Alan T. – Journal of Jewish Education, 2011
Levenson presents Nehama Leibowitz (1903-1997) as a principal figure in making the Bible a centerpiece of modern Jewish intellectual life. Complementing the already impressive literature on Leibowitz's pedagogical techniques, Levenson emphasizes the interdependence of Leibowitz's historical context, biography, and exegetical stance. Leibowitz's…
Descriptors: Jews, Literary Criticism, Foreign Countries, Biblical Literature
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