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This is a professional resource for the Department of Jewish Zionist Education. We hope it will motivate people and stimulate new initiatives in the field. For those within the Department, the site offers theoretical guidelines and practical suggestions to enhance their work. For our partners from outside, the site is a valuable asset offering internet publications: policy papers, research papers, books, articles and "best practice reports" emanating from Jewish communities around the world, on issues related to the Jewish People and Jewish Education. As the project progresses, this site will become an extensive archive of initiatives, experiences and accomplishments in Jewish Education.
A Window on the Department
We offer the Department of Jewish Zionist Education the opportunity to publish a great deal of its own theoretical and practical work that has so far not been available to a world-wide audience of Jewish educators. This work spans a wide variety of fields, in which new projects are designed and operated in partnership with Jewish communities and other institutions around the world. Training programs have been tailor-made to suit the special needs in the field, while new curricular materials have been produced to meet a wide scope of educational challenges. This site will make the rationale behind the Department's initiatives available on the internet and offer both program descriptions and progress reports of "pilots", and other new ventures. Sharing our ideas about theory and practice is especially important to us in those areas where our experimental work has implications that should be valuable for educators around the world. This includes those whose professional interest lie beyond the immediate scope of our field.
The Agenda of Jewish Education
Research is conducted all over the Jewish world; papers are published in journals, presented at congresses and best practices are discussed in educational seminars. The agenda of Jewish Education for the next decade can be more or less determined from this plethora of scholarship. Scholars, lay leaders and professionals who are already involved in setting the agenda will be invited to write policy papers, addressing the published material available in ways that are practically useful for the Department and its partners. Issues and topics that may be of interest here include, for example, suggestions for improving Jewish Education in Europe. Another example might be a research paper that evaluates the feasibility of a "virtual" supplementary school; another the teaching of Hebrew in kindergartens. Over time, the "Think-Tank" will accumulate papers covering a wide variety of concerns in educational theory and practice that can be of use to the Jewish Education community.