CAJE Advice

CAJE Advice 311

April 4, 2011

29 Adar II 5771

In this issue:
1. Solidarity Rally and Shloshim Ceremony
2. New Haggadah en Espanol!
3. Summer Teacher Workshop: Israel
4. Summer Teacher Workshop: Jewish Environment
5. New MOTL Programs
6. Bring the Last Survivor to Your Community
7. Alden Films – New Releases
8. Awards for Young Heroes
9. Grants for Arts, Reading and ECE Programs
10. Grants for Education Programs
11. K-12 Educators Recognized
12. Master Teacher Tip of the Week
13. Back Issues and Unsubscribe info
14. Read and Forward

1. Solidarity Rally and Shloshim Ceremony

The Jewish community and the Israeli Consulate invite you to an evening of Commemoration and Solidarity on April 11, 6:00pm at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Featured guest speakers include Yechiel Leiter and Rabbi Avi Ponsky. Bring prayer books, Israeli flags and messages of hope, students will receive free t-shirts. For more information visit www.breakthesilencestoptheviolence.com

2. New Haggadah en Espanol!

Now available from Haggadahs R Us (haggadahsrus.com) and author Noam Zion – a new Spanish langiage haggadah: Una Noche de Libertad from the authors of A Night to Remember. It's more than a translation — it features Spanish-language commentary, insights, and art from Eliahu Toker, Jaime Barylko, Marshall Meyer, Silvina Chemen, Moacyr Scliar, Jorge Luis Borges, Marcos Aguinis, Jose Gurvich. Free [Spanish] seder planner with each order. 144pgs, full color, soft cover. $25.00 each or 2 or more for $20.00. For more information
CONTACT: Joe at 877.308.4175 or Joe@haggadahsrus.com

3. Summer Teacher Workshop: Israel
The David Project’s Israel in Jewish Identity curriculum educates middle and high school students about the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel throughout history, and the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people, as reflected in Jewish culture, religion, and identity. The David Project is holding the following one-day Teacher Training Institute with CAJE-Miami, Monday, May 16, 2011, 8:30am-6:00pm. The $50 registration fee for the one-day seminar includes meals, the fully-scripted curriculum, and the accompanying PowerPoint CD. The participants will receive all future updates to the curriculum and ongoing support from David Project staff, who are always happy to discuss lesson ideas and help brainstorm creative ways of using the material in your classroom. Additionally, The David Project has contracted with Blackboard, an online platform for posting materials and supporting a discussion board. Teachers will receive a Blackboard account in order to access and utilize this platform. The David Project has just completed the 3rd edition of the curriculum, which the teachers will receive at the training. This edition includes both content and pedagogic updates. Please register at www.thedavidproject.org no later than Friday April 8, 2011. For further information, please
CONTACT: Stephanie Hoffman at 617.428.0012 or sh@davidproject.org

4. Summer Teacher Workshop: Jewish Environment
Shalom Friends! The “17th annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education” (www.tevacenter.org/seminar) is May 31-June 3. And, stay for our first-ever Teva Seminar Shabbat retreat in nature, June 3-5! This one of a kind professional development opportunity in Jewish Environmental Education brings together students, camp staff, congregational and day school educators, Torah scholars, lay leaders, and farmers every year! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Teva Seminar, it is an opportunity to meet, learn, pray and share with others also passionate about Jewish environmentalism. At the Seminar, you will join Torah scholars, farmers, educators, students, social justice advocates and scientists to engage in contemporary topics to teach and gain the skills to bring it back to our communities. This year’s Seminar will include several new elements including a new track called Eco-Change Makers, an Interfaith component, an early childhood education focus option, Jewcology’s Leadership Summit, and a Shabbat retreat.
CONTACT: Emily at 212.807.6376 x112 or Emily@tevacenter.org

5. New MOTL Programs
The Leo Martin March of the Living (MOTL) announces new and invigorated MOTL programs, featuring the standard annual MOTL and introducing a November mini-MOTL. As the recently appointed director, Dr. Leon Weissberg is breathing new life into the successful 22-year program. Teens with prior Israel experience will have an opportunity to join with Dr. Weissberg on a pilot project called Ma’alot): the March for the Leaders of Tomorrow on November 20th during the week of Thanksgiving for a Poland only experience. The trip will require participants to take a series of courses prior to the trip and subsequently to be involved in community service in Miami-Dade from January to May 2012. Beginning with the April 2012 March teens will be able to go on the March annually. Juniors in particular will not be limited to participation in even years, but will be able to select the year that will be best for them. Recruitment and registration information is available on the CAJE-Miami website www.caje-maimi.org/mol . Teens and adults will be expected to do most of their paperwork online eliminating a vast amount of paperwork which plagued the March for years. For more information on these exciting changes,
CONTACT: Leon at 305.576.4030 x143 or Leonweissberg@caje-miami.org

6. Bring the Last Survivor to Your Community
Bring The Last Survivor to Your Community! After close to three years of researching, filming and editing, this past year we were finally able to share The Last Survivor documentary with the world. In recognition of Genocide Prevention Month, this April we will be launching a nationwide community screening campaign with the hope of bringing The Last Survivor to communities across the country to engage audiences in an evening of dialogue and, most importantly, action. Our vision is simple: local organizations, universities, high schools, and faith-based institutions will host screenings as a way of activating their community around this critical issue. And we want you to be one of them. After the film, we will invite audience members to participate in conversations with their neighbors, meet survivors and refugees who live in their community, and begin to engage in a critical conversation about discrimination, hatred, and intolerance – the seeds of Genocide that we see in neighborhoods all around the world. We firmly believe in the power of local action to foster global change, so we want you to bring The Last Survivor to your school, synagogue or neighborhood, and then personalize your screening to make it resonate with your own community. And we’ll help you. The entire RP team will be traveling with the film to talk to audiences about the three year journey that was the making of The Last Survivor, and provide actions to prevent genocide around the world. Jacqueline and Justin – two survivors profiled in the film – will also be available to speak about their experiences with genocide as well as the inspiring work they are currently engaged in. Thank you so much for your continued interest in our work. Please visit http://www.thelastsurvivor.com/ to bring The Last Survivor to your community. We look forward to seeing you all soon,
CONTACT: MARCI at 305.576.4030 x154 or marciwiseman@caje-miami.org

7. Alden Films – New Releases
We are please to announce the latest offerings which include award-winning, critically-acclaimed films and audios which focus on the most important subjects in the contemporary Jewish world, including Jewish identity, Holocaust testimonies, religious thought, Biblical archaeology and the ageless Jewish traditions of laughter and music. In addition, we now also feature films on Israel and the Holocaust in Spanish/Las PELICULAS de ALDEN ahora ofrecen películas en español de Israel y el Holocausto. We are also now offering audio lectures on the Bible from the Noahide perspective. This very philosemitic movement embraces the Jewish religion from the point of view of believers in the God of Abraham and the Lost Tribes of Israel. We invite you to explore our titles by visiting www.aldenfilms.com and preview any title for 30 days (some restrictions apply). For more information,
CONTACT: Paul at 800.832.0980 or info@aldenfilms.com

8. Awards for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2011 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people in the United States and Canada who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, the awards program selects ten national winners to receive $2,500 each to support their service work or higher education. Nominees must be between 8 and 18 years of age, must have been the prime mover of a service activity and have demonstrated positive spirit and high moral purpose in accomplishing their goals. Nominees must be legal, current and residents of the United States at the time of nomination. Nominees must have participated in the work for which they are nominated within the twelve months prior to the nomination deadline. Nominees must be nominated by an adult who is familiar with the young person's service activity (teacher or librarian, school counselor, youth service official, religious leader, etc.). Members of the young person's family may not submit nominations or letters of reference. Nominees must be nominated as individuals. The prize program cannot accept nominations for groups of young people. For complete program guidelines, nomination instructions, and information on previous winners, visit the Barron Prize Web site at http://www.barronprize.org/. Deadline is April 30, 2011.

9. Grants for Arts, Reading and ECE Programs
The Target Local Store Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company's stores are located. (There are currently stores in every state with the exception of Vermont.) Arts grants support programs that enhance students’ classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grants of $2,000 are provided in both categories. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2011. Funding guidelines are available on the company’s website at http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031767

10. Grants for Education Programs
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada that enhance the quality of life for children, families, and pets. The Foundation’s grant categories include children's health and wellness, domestic pets, and literacy and education. Individual project grants as well as organization program grants are provided. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. For 2011, the Foundation will accept grant requests from March until October. Visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/contents/content.jsp?catId=400002&id=700013 to review the funding guidelines for each of the grant categories and submit an online application.

11. K-12 Educators Recognized
The ING Unsung Heroes Awards, sponsored by ING Insurance USA, recognize K-12 educators who are pioneering new methods and techniques that improve student learning. Educators’ projects are judged on innovative method, creativity, and ability to make a positive influence on the children they teach. Full-time K-12 education professionals from accredited public and private schools throughout the United States are invited to apply. One hundred finalists will be selected, with at least one award given in each state, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Each of the 100 finalists will receive a $2,000 award. Of the 100 finalists, the three top winners will receive an additional $5,000, $10,000, or $25,000 award. The application deadline is April 30, 2011. Application guidelines and forms are available on the program’s website at http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes.

12. Master Teacher Tip of the Week - Zero Tolerance
Zero tolerance is suspect as a process of class management or as a district policy. As professional educators, we are obligated to find the most fitting and appropriate solutions to classroom or school problems. In an attempt to be fair, we are often unjust. One size does not fit all; the consequences do not necessarily fit the offense. Often, in an effort to apply the mass rule, we look ignorant of the long-range consequences. Review any zero tolerance policies in your school and ask yourself whether the policy is truly fair.
 




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