By Judy Mars Kupchan and Rabbi Johnny Solomon Among the voices of dread about the future of the Jews in Europe is one remarkable prophet whose focus is not politics or Anti-Semitism but an opportunity that is at stake. According to Barbara Lerner Spectre, “a dramatic reclaiming of Jewish identity is currently taking place in Europe’” which she terms “'dis-assimilation.” She explains that “These dis-assimilators represent an emerging new … [Read more...] about Can Online Study Impact Jewish Learning in Europe?
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By Aaron Richmond I had a bar mitzvah, have been to Israel twice, recently graduated college, and am 22. I also happen to be blind. Like most young Jews, I want our Jewish community to be welcoming and respectful of all. Thus, I was excited to see the report by the extremely highly regarded Avi Chai Foundation, http://avichai.org/knowledge_base/onlineblended-learning-state-of-the-field-survey-summary-findings-report-2014, which focuses on … [Read more...] about Making Jewish E-Learning Accessible to All
By Felice Miller Baritz Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language. Did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle AND be silly? This language, our language, can come alive for students in any learning environment. At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, we wanted to bring Hebrew to life - to make it relevant, engaging, and fun. More accurately, we needed to make a change. Parents told us they wanted their children to be … [Read more...] about Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Students
By Dr. Harry Bloom In naming PEJE’s Atidenu (Hebrew for “Our Future”) 18-month recruitment and retention program (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), we were motivated by a desire to convey two key points. First, that research has consistently shown that day school graduates are not only highly successful, but also highly reliable guarantors of the Jewish future. Second, that the recruitment and retention challenges of the 21st … [Read more...] about It is Time to Reinvent Our Approach to Jewish Day School Recruitment
AVI CHAI has released two research reports on day school online/blended learning, as well as a case studies series on how day schools enact their Jewish missions. With the goals of increasing the reports’ dissemination; generating conversation around the findings; and encouraging schools and Jewish educational institutions to process the potential implications for how these findings could inform their thinking and practice, three free webinars … [Read more...] about Webinar: What Story Does Your School Tell About Its Jewish Purpose?