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  1. The Confidence to Teach Israel, Delivered to Your Door

    The Confidence to Teach Israel, Delivered to Your Door
    What will you find in this month's Golem shipment?
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  2. Archaeology Dig in Jerusalem Uncovers Route for Student Exploration

    Archaeology Dig in Jerusalem Uncovers Route for Student Exploration

    The archaeologists hard at work excavating ancient Jerusalem are focused on the land, or more precisely, what’s underneath it.

    As the unearthing of pathways, walls, pottery, official clay seals and more continues under the watchful eyes of thousands of annual tourists, scholars are learning more about the spot where King David once reigned, now known as the City of David.

    What these archaeologists are not consumed with, however, are the borders and politics of the modern land they’re digging beneath—East Jerusalem—mostly inhabited today by Palestinians. And yet their work makes life above ground more complicated, 

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  3. Make Guests of All Backgrounds Feel Welcome at Your Seder

    Make Guests of All Backgrounds Feel Welcome at Your Seder
    The new haggadah Welcome to the Seder brings in other cultures as a way of inviting people of all faiths and backgrounds to feel welcome at a seder.
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  4. Planning Your Model Seder? Two Great Resources You Need Now

    Using the right haggadah makes a big difference in how participants experience the seder. For use at model seders with students, here are two haggadot to try.
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  5. Make Your Own Makerspace

    Make Your Own Makerspace
    They're popping up in schools, libraries, and private facilities everywhere. Is it right for your school?
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  6. Welcome to the Seder Connects Oregon Community

    Welcome to the Seder Connects Oregon Community
    Federation to use grant money for intergroup seder.
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  7. Israel is Complicated…Teach It with Confidence

    Israel is Complicated…Teach It with Confidence

    Educating students about modern Israel is not an easy task.  It presents numerous challenges, including our personal and political biases, where to devote our energies, and how to help our students truly understand the country’s many complexities. Challenging, however, does not mean impossible. So writes Richard Walter, associate director of the Center for Israel Education at Emory University, in the Foreword to the Israel…It’s Complicated Teacher Resource Guide.

    Developed by Behrman House in consultation with the CIE, the resource guide offers a package of materials for teachers of all experience and skill levels. As Walter writes, “Our aim as Israel educators should be to create critical thinkers, not followers, no matter our personal politics.”

    Here are three strategies you can focus on for effective Israel education, as excerpted from the Foreword:

    1. Focus on the broad concepts like ensuring the
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  8. Discover the Unique, Diverse, and Complex Place that is Israel

    Discover the Unique, Diverse, and Complex Place that is Israel
    The new Israel…It’s Complicated helps your students understand and navigate this complex terrain and develop their own personal connections to the modern state.
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  9. The Joy of Hebrew: Making Meaningful Connections to the Language, Q&A with Dina Maiben

    The Joy of Hebrew: Making Meaningful Connections to the Language, Q&A with Dina Maiben

    Dina Maiben is the Hebrew program director at Gratz College, where she is also a doctoral candidate focusing her research on the second language teacher education of Hebrew teachers.  She has written extensively on Hebrew reading and language education and is the author of twenty-one books and more than two dozen journal articles and stories. With lots of conversation happening lately around Hebrew learning in part-time educational settings, we asked her to explain the research.

     

    What do you remember about learning Hebrew yourself?

    Many years ago, when I was first learning to read Hebrew, I remember sitting in the sanctuary, prayer book open, and feeling like I was drowning in a sea of Hebrew letters, when suddenly a single word jumped off the page: “שָׁלוֹם.” I knew that word! I not only knew how to sound it out, but I knew what it meant. It was the word that my teacher used to greet us at the start of every class and it was what she wished u

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  10. 4 Surprising Findings About Hebrew Language Learning

    4 Surprising Findings About Hebrew Language Learning
    Key takeaways from research into second language learning, from Hebrew expert Dina Maiben.
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