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<p>Over the past several decades, a growing number of alternatives to the conventional religious or Hebrew school model for complementary education have been developed and implemented. This convening will examine a number of these alternative models in order to better understand:</p> <ul> <li>Their rationales and conceptual underpinnings</li> <li>How they seek to alter the "commonplaces" of education (learners, educators, content, method, milieu)</li> <li>What we know about their effectiveness, and</li> <li>The opportunities and challenges involved in "Scaling" (replicating and adapting) these models and their elements.</li> </ul> <p>Click the link above to view the full recording of the webcast (you will be prompted to download the WebEx played if you have not already done so; and depending on your connection speed, it may take 2-5 minutes to buffer.)</p> <p>You may also wish to ...

Publication Date2013
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<p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #646464; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;"><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Complementary (or supplementary) education, often the step-child of Jewish education, is in a period of dynamic change. </span><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Using examples from around the continent and bringing together the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including educators, funders, community leaders, and families, this convening explores what the experiences of diverse initiatives tell us about the requisites for successful change.</span></p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #646464; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;"><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Creating the Future of Complem ...

Publication Date2013
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In December 2011, members of the Jewish Education Change Network participated in a webinar with the 2011 Jewish Futures Competition winners, <span>Ben Weiner and Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper. Andrea and Ben share their proposals for new initiatives blending traditional Jewish values and new modes of engagement, and engage in further discussion with webinar participants (total running time: 59 minutes). Click on the link above to view the full recording. You may also view the winning films, and learn more about </span>Ben Weiner and Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper, at The Jewish Futures <a href="jewishfutures/competition" target="_blank">website</a>. To view the winning videos on YouTube, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpMhT5H0VwM&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">here for Andrea</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3mMTH1S_SQ&amp;feature=player_embedded" ...

Publication Date2011
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<span><span>Initiated by JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute</span>, </span>The Jewish Education Change Network is an online community open to anyone working for change in Jewish education – educators, parents, volunteer and professional leaders, financial supporters, advocates, and learners – to connect with one another, to learn what leaders in the field are doing, to share work, and to access ideas and resources that can help make Jewish education a more engaging, satisfying, and impactful experience for learners of all ages. The site includes an open-submission blog, a forum for users to post and answer each other's questions, a page to form your own subgroups based on areas of shared interest, links, videos, and more.

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Publication Date2011
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This new collaborative website from The Jewish Education Project, JESNA, and the Avi Chai Foundation presents the world of online learning opportunities to North American Jewish Day Schools. The site answers basic Q&amp;A about online learning, presents a series of opportunities for Day Schools to expand their course offerings through online learning, and showcases existing success stories.

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<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>ABSTRACT:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For millions of American Jews, the words “Jewish education” most likely conjure images of days spent in synagogue classrooms decoding Hebrew, reciting prayers, learning holiday customs, and reading about biblical figures. This is the past, but (we hope) not the future of congregational education. This form of part-time, mostly afterschool and/or weekend Jewish learning has been the most popular single setting for the Jewish education of Jewish children for many decades. More than 2,000 supplementary schools (most, though not all, of which are part of synagogues) are the main source of Jewish education for more than 230,000 Jewish children in North America (Wertheimer, 2008), making them “the largest ‘network’ operating in the arena of Jewish education” (Wertheimer, 2009a).  Despite its popularity, supp ...

Publication Date2010
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<div>An action research study from  The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (ACAJE).<br />The study started as a simple survey of a limited number of teens and expanded into a broader-based study which produced significantly more information which would have a greater potential for wider applicability.This report summarizes the findings of the study and concludes with</div> <div>recommendations.  <br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=685&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Engaging and Retaining Jewish Youth (<span class="small">126.82 kB</span>)</a></div>

Publication Date2002
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<p>This portrait of American Jews emerges from the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, a representative survey of the Jewish population in the United States sponsored by United Jewish Communities and the Jewish federation system. This report presents findings on several demographic topics; Jewish connections and engagement; intermarriage; and three special topics, the elderly, immigrants and those living below the poverty line. In coming months, UJC will issue a series of specialized reports on these and other topics, such as synagogue affiliation and denominations, Jewish practice, philanthropy and volunteerism, Jewish college students, marriage and families, and regional differences among Jews.</p> <p>This report and other documents associated with NJPS 2000-01 are available on the UJC website, <a href="http://www.ujc.org/njps">www.ujc.org/njps</a>. The NJPS electronic d ...

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T<span><span>This webinar features presentations from JESNA's President, Donald Sylvan, and Chief Ideas Officer, Jonathan Woocher, followed by a discussion with members of our Professional Development Network. Dr. Sylvan &amp; Dr. Woocher explore the current (changing) landscape of Jewish education and implications for the field, with a particular focus on Professional Development for Educators.</span></span><span><span> <br /></span></span><br />The full video is available here for viewing, cut into 7-9 minute segments due to file size restrictions. Simply click in each window to play in order (total running time: 45 minutes). <br /><br /> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="385" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,124,0"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allo ...

Publication Date2010
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<p>The arts are a powerful vehicle for engaging learners, for deepening their educational experience, and for developing important skills and dispositions that extend well beyond the realm of the arts themselves. Integrating the arts fully into education builds enthusiasm for learning, provokes wonder and reflection, unleashes creativity, broadens perspectives, draws new meaning from familiar experiences, and forges connections among students as they create and critique collaboratively. This proposition is now widely accepted in the general educational world. But, in Jewish education, the arts are utilized to their full potential only sporadically, and the infrastructure and financial support needed to expand the role and impact of the arts are by and large missing.<br /><br /></p> <div>To help Jewish education fully take advantage of this power and potential, Avoda Arts, the Foundation ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies - Lippman Kanfer Institute Publications

Media Midrash is an online platform linking multimedia content to innovative curricula, providing Jewish educators the ability to bring art, animation, film and music directly into their classrooms. Website includes a virtual tour &amp; tutorial on how best to use its resources, a blog for discussion topics, and a link to share your own students' videos.

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<p><strong>An initiative of the School of Education and the Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University.</strong></p> <p>IJJER aims to portray and explore Jewish education as a multifaceted, heuristic and dynamic phenomenon from a variety of disciplinary, geographical, cultural, religious and historical perspectives and contexts.</p> <p>IJJER aims to provide an interdisciplinary, international and multi-language platform where past and present forms and aspects of Jewish education are examined through research.</p>

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This paper offers first a historical analysis of the role of central agencies for Jewish education in America, followed by a model of how central agencies today can best position themselves as communal change agents.<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=631&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Creating change in a complex system: A new perspective on the role of Central Agencies for Jewish ed (<span class="small">147.8 kB</span>)</a>

Publication Date2010
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<p>The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation supports programs that ensure vibrant Jewish life by empowering young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive Jewish communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world.</p> <p>Established in 1987 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Foundation also provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our hometown, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and youth development.<br /><br />The website includes program listings, studies and evaluations, multimedia resources, and a blog.</p>

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<p><strong>Jumpstart’s mission is to develop, strengthen, and learn from emerging Jewish organizations that build community at the nexus of spirituality, learning, social activism, and culture, in order to transform the broader Jewish community and the world.</strong></p> <ul> <li class="descrip">Jumpstart nurtures compelling and innovative early-stage nonprofits, networks their leaders, and connects them to the resources and expertise they need to succeed.</li> <li class="descrip">Jumpstart provides strategic advice to philanthropists and other advocates committed to growing emerging organizations to scale and sustainability.</li> <li class="descrip">Jumpstart assesses key trends, disseminates best practices, and leverages new insights about the emergent sector for use by practitioners, funders, and other thought leaders.</li> </ul> ...

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Quality Jewish education is our most powerful tool for ensuring a vibrant Jewish future. But, it can't have an impact on those who don't participate.<br /><br /> What can we do to make Jewish education more attractive, accessible and affordable, even under current conditions of economic pressure on both "providers" and "consumers"? How do the challenges of expanding educational participation play out today in specific arenas - day school, "complementary" education, camp, Israel education - and for specific critical populations - families with young children, teens, young adults, etc.? What new approaches are being tried and where are there signs of success? What has yet to be tried, but ought to be? Leaders from a wide range of settings and representing a variety of perspectives were invited to address these questions in a Roundtable series of essays that appeared over several weeks on ...

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<p><strong>The WOW Project</strong> will enable communities to identify opportunities for expanding the scope and enhancing the quality of complementary Jewish education so as to attract more participants and better educate those learning in complementary settings. It will do this by making it possible for both current and new providers to offer a greater number of options to children and their families and by applying proven methods for improving program quality to these options. The result will be a more diverse “system” of complementary education, more closely tailored to the needs and desires of the “market,” able to produce higher levels of satisfaction and greater measurable impact.</p> <p><strong>The WOW Project</strong> combines the strengths of community-wide planning with entrepreneurial initiative and the power of the marketplace. It will allow, encourage, and support institu ...

Publication Date2010
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In May 2010, JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute and The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner co-sponsored the convening, "Technology and Jewish Education: a Revolution in the Making." This convening built upon JESNA's <a href="je3" target="_blank">Jewish Education 3.0</a> project, and featured two panels on the current state of technology in the world of Jewish education and possibilities &amp; challenges for the future, as well as post-panel discussions &amp; a special talk by Professor Jeffrey Shandler. The convening included live participants as well as another virtual group who were brought into the room via online conferencing.<br /><br />The entire convening was recorded through JESNA's online conferencing platform, and can be viewed here in its entirety. You may select the clips you wish to view from the menu below. You may also download the bios of all the evening's speakers ...

Publication Date2010
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These working papers were prepared for the Lippman Kanfer Institute's Arts in Jewish Education Convening in March 2010. The Convening was co-sponsored by AVODAH Arts and The Foundation for Jewish Culture. <br /><br /><em>Arts in Jewish Education: Mapping the Landscape</em> gives an overview of Arts &amp; Jewish Education today, including:<br /><br />-- Utilization of Existing Cultural Resources <div>-- Engagement and Interact with Artists</div> <div>-- Integration of Arts and Curriculum</div> <div>-- Arts as an Educational Organizing Principle<br /> <br />...as well as interview data, conclusions, and appendices on people interviewed, existing programs, and works cited. <br /><br />The AVODAH Arts literature review includes theoretical frameworks, recent research, case studies, factors for success, common challenges, conclusions, and references.<br /><br /> <a class="doclink" href="in ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies - Lippman Kanfer Institute Publications - Working Papers

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Publication Date2010
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