Jan 25, 2010

Announcing: The Jewish Educators' Network


Welcome to the Jewish Educators' Network

What is the Jewish Educators' Network?

The Jewish Educators' Network is an exciting new initiative for Jewish educators. Wherever you teach - at a Jewish day school or cheder, at informal gatherings or discussion groups - the Jewish Educators' Network will have something for you.

The Jewish Educators' Network is open to educators of all denominations and aims to reflect the diversity of Jewish teaching across the community.

Take a look through this newsletter, and at our website, to see what the Jewish Educators' Network has to offer.

  • An on-line resource centre for teachers and educators. Find out more
  • Detailed lesson plans on a range of topics for learners of all ages. Find out more
  • A growing text bank, collating resources on a variety of subjects.Find out more
  • Face to face consultancy and training. Find out more

Tu B'Shvat on the Jewish Educators' Network!

Sample what JEN has to offer:

  • Tu B'Shvat Seder - a collection of the best Tu B'Shvat Seder material from across the web. Take me there

  • Activities - bring the fun and excitement of Tu B'Shvat to your classroom. Take me there

  • Lesson Plans - detailed plans for classes of all ages and sizes - built around exciting and challenging texts. Take me there

  • Resources for Educators - stories, articles, ideas and inspiring texts. Take me there

  • Links to relevant websites - we've trawled the web, so you don't have to. The best material - all in one place! Take me there


On-line resource centre

In time for Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish Educators' Network is proud to announce the launch of its on-line resource centre.
This unique centre brings together:

  • Detailed lesson plans for classes of all ages and sizes
  • Activities for a variety of educational settings
  • Information and resources for teachers and educators
  • A growing text bank – built around themes and topics relevant to the modern classroom
  • Links to all the major Jewish educational websites that a Jewish teacher needs

Training and Resource Development

The Jewish Educators' Network offers in-service educator training, from individual sessions to entire courses, in a wide range of Jewish fields. These can be tailored to the specific needs of your teachers and your educational setting. For more information, visit our website or contact a member of our team at info@jewisheducators.org.uk


Jewish Educators' Network - Meet the Team

The Jewish Educators' Network has a core team of professional educators, led by Matt Plen and Rina Wolfson. The educators contributing to the Jewish Educators' Network reflect the diversity of Jewish teaching across the community. This ensures that the network remains open and welcoming to teachers across the spectrum of Jewish life.

Matt Plen is the Movement Director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues. Living in Israel from 1998-2008, he taught and developed educational resources at the Masorti high school, the Conservative Yeshiva and Melitz (Centres for Jewish Zionist Education). He has trained teachers in the areas of Jewish studies, values and identity, and family education. Matt has an MA in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Rina Wolfson has an M.Phil in Hebrew and Aramaic from Cambridge University. She is a graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum, Jerusalem, and is currently studying at the Masorti Kollel. Rina is Education Coordinator of Lishma Jewish Study Centres and heads the Jewish Studies GCSE programme at Gesher, the Masorti teenage centre. She is Director of PAJE: Passionate About Jewish Education, where she teaches children and adults of all ages.


Pass it On!

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining the network, or who might enjoy the services we offer, please feel free to forward this email on to them.

©2010 The Jewish Educators' Network is an initiative of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues | www.jewisheducators.org.uk | info@jewisheducators.org.uk