<p>Over the past 30 years, new technologies have revolutionized our lives. The array of advanced technologies now available, from YouTube to cloud computing, IPhones to Twitter, Google to Kindle, are creating a world of empowerment, connections, customization and cultural creativity almost unimaginable barely a generation ago. Virtually every area of human endeavor is being transformed before our eyes. And, education is no exception.</p> <p>JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute seeks to enhance Jewish education’s receptivity to and capacity for worthwhile innovation. In this context, the Institute began nearly two years ago to bring together – both physically and virtually – some of the most talented and thoughtful individuals working in the broad arena of technology and Jewish education to discuss their work and their visions for the future of Jewish learning and teaching in a technology-in ...

Category:Technology
URLwww.jesna.org/je3/(0 visits)
Publication Date2009
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<p>UJA-Federation of New York presents the findings from the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, a comprehensive study of the world's largest and most diverse Jewish community outside Israel. With 5,993 interviews — more than any other local or national Jewish community study — the findings and implications are vast. Users can download the whole report or select chapters.</p> <p>The New York Jewish community in 2011 is large, growing, and incredibly diverse. Children, boomers, and seniors. Poor and affluent Jews. Lifelong New Yorkers, and immigrants from such diverse national origins as Russia and Israel. LGBT Jews. Hispanic and biracial households. Chasidic, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Yeshivish Jews. Jews who are nondenominational, have no religion or another religion, or who consider themselves partially Jewish. All these and more are strong th ...

Publication Date2012
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<div>Online learning groups and “Communities of Practice"&nbsp;represent a rapidly growing phenomenon, and the Jewish&nbsp;world is successfully taking part in the professional and&nbsp;educational opportunities made available through&nbsp;these relatively new forms of technology-based&nbsp;networks. Though much has been written on CoPs,&nbsp;this survey represents the first effort to map, through&nbsp;quantitative and qualitative empirical data, the field of&nbsp;Jewish professional online Communities of Practice,&nbsp;learning networks and discussion groups.&nbsp;</div>

Publication Date2012
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<p>Jewcology is a project of graduates of ROI (http://roicommunity.org), who have come together to create a resource for the entire Jewish-environmental community. Jewcology incorporates collaboration from a wide range of Jewish environmental leaders and organizations worldwide. This project was funded by the ROI Innovation Fund.</p> <p>The long-term goal of this project is to build a multi-denominational, multi-generational, regionally diverse community of Jewish environmental activists, who are learning from one another and from an expanding set of Jewish-environmental resources, how to educate their communities about our Jewish responsibility to protect the environment.</p>

URLwww.jewcology.com(0 visits)
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<p class="MsoNoSpacing">From the artist: This series of animations represents my personal journey in a complicated relationship with Judaism. I spent my life gravitating towards, and making, narrative art that explores the human condition from a psychological, philosophical, and existential perspective. While Judaism offers thousands of years of wisdom on the human condition, I avoided it as a source because of what I perceived to be its preachy and sometimes judgmental tone.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">I became filled with questions about how much my Jewish heritage had influenced how I was raised, how I behaved, how I thought, and even who I was as a person and an artist. What I discovered was a wealth of wisdom that was just sitting, waiting to be mined. Within the Jewish texts were crucial teachings and lessons that applied as much to our contemporary lives as they did when they wer ...

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<p><span>The Journal of Jewish Communal Service was established in 1902 by the National Conference of Jewish Charities, forerunner of the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=j5vrcxcab&amp;et=1108194051352&amp;s=2451&amp;e=0010ehRqdv4Llnz3xr-dnpRlaiTYvKc_BdyRNI_faSaUDuuv_E0OZOYxTrCJkwSuaGaBEnq2o8p-6DtbA_Fnl2QidDZCUkJIV1KUdXGAlijyDU=" target="_blank">Jewish Communal Service Association</a>. Over the years there have been various name changes for both the Journal and its publisher. <span>The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. <br /><br />This ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Journals
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<span>This thesis examines four case studies of previously existing Jewish outdoor adventure programs: TorahTrek, Outdoor Jewish Adventures, Shalom Institute, and the Adventure Rabbi program. The founders of each of these programs were interviewed to ascertain their reasons for founding these organizations, their desired impacts for the populations served, and their vision of the broader Jewish community. Each program promotes Jewish outdoor adventures as a way to allow the individual to experience Judaism in a new way, strengthen his/her Jewish identity and participate in the Jewish community. Attesting to the success of these programs, a questionnaire of more than 50 participants of Jewish outdoor adventures from these four organizations showed a 30% increase in participation in Jewish communal and cultural activities and a heightened personal spirituality as a result of participation ...

Publication Date2010
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<p><span>JETS (Jerusalem EdTech Solutions) was founded by former North American Jewish educators currently living in Israel who combine to bring a wealth of experience in Jewish studies instruction, curriculum development, and staff development, along with a deep understanding of North American Jewish and general education. In addition, the Jerusalem location of JETS provides access to educational materials and methodologies developed in the vast Jewish educational infrastructure in Israel, the opportunity for on-site development to bring Israel into Diaspora classrooms and communities, and contact with a significant pool of capable former Diaspora Jewish educators who have moved to Israel.</span></p>

Category:Technology
URLwww.jetsisrael.com(0 visits)
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In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation commissioned BTW informing change (BTW) to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning. Joined by a shared interest to better understand the practice and potential of Jewish Service Learning, these foundations asked BTW to examine Jewish Service Learning, the current capacity among practitioners, the support required to further that capacity and the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and evolution of Jewish Service Learning. The BTW team conducted 86 key informant interviews with donors, institutional funders, Jewish Service Learning practitioners, community professionals and Jewish thought leaders, as well as representatives of faith-based and secular service organizatio ...

Publication Date2008
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<span>Currently, most, if not all, of organizations that respond to disasters are faith-based organizations. As a member of the wider faith based community, the Jewish community should be a part of the disaster response effort. As members of a religious and ethical tradition that emphasizes helping the weakest in society it is our obligation to assist those impoverished and displaced by catastrophic disasters. The current lack of a visible organized presence from the Jewish community in responding to domestic disasters is a noticeable problem, that the JDRC will rectify by creating a Jewish organization that works alongside other faith-based aid organizations in order to help communities that have been affected by disaster.</span>

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  • Organizations - National and International Organizations

<span> <p class="style8">On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a massive tsunami that further devasted a broad stretch of the Japanese coast. In the aftermath, several nuclear reactors experienced leakages, leading to a wider humanitarian crisis.</p> <p class="style8">This is a collection of resources for Jewish educational frameworks, presented by the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education.</p> </span>

Publication Date2011
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  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks

<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.

URLwww.jedchange.net/(0 visits)
Publication Date2011
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Publication Date2010
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The Jewish Farm School is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. They offer a wide range of programs for teens, adults &amp; educators, including an internship program for high school seniors in NY state; an organic farming alternative spring break in CA &amp; Philadelphia; an educators' seminar in NY state; an urban sustainability program in Philadelphia; as well as workshops, conferences, lectures, &amp; outreach programs across the US.

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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

JQYouth is a New York-based social/support group made up of frum/formerly frum* gay, lesbian, bi, and trans Jews ages 17-30. (*Frum includes: "modern orthodox, yeshivish, chasidish and traditional-conservative.") Website includes resources, links for further study, history and contact information.

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This website was launched by <a href="sosland/resources/Professional-Development-and-Education/Keshet/details">Keshet </a>as a pledge to speak out against homophobic bullying in our synagogues, schools, and throughout the Jewish community. Includes a resource page for educators, a blog with articles of interest and a forum for discussion, as well as a Hebrew language page.

Category:Bullying
Publication Date2010
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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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In March 2010, JESNA began a new annual tradition in honor of Women's History month: 31 days of Jewish women in education. Each of the 31 women (or women's organizations) selected this year reflect some aspect of the wide range of contributions Jewish women have made to the world of education, both Judaic and secular, throughout American history.

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In March 2010, JESNA began a new annual tradition in honor of Women's History month: 31 days of Jewish women in education. Each of the 31 women (or women's organizations) selected this year reflect some aspect of the wide range of contributions Jewish women have made to the world of education, both Judaic and secular, throughout American history. <br /><br />Download the full PDF here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=586&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> 31 Days of Jewish Women in Education (<span class="small">1.6 MB</span>)</a><br /><br />

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