סקירה/Skira: Inquiry and Research in the Field of Hebrew Language

Hebrew at the Center Presents Four Compelling Conversations:

Hebrew in America Today: Is a Paradigm Shift Possible?, Sunday, May 10, 5:00 PM EDT Co-Sponsored with Hadar

With Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, CEO and President, Hadar & Ruth Wisse, Senior Fellow, Tikvah Fund

Co-Sponsored with Hadar

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A Tribal Language for a Global People, Sunday, May 17, 1:00 PM EDT Co-Sponsored with Hebrew College

With Jeremy Benstein, Managing Editor, 929-English & Avraham Infeld, Founder, Melitz

Co-Sponsored by Hebrew College

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Hebrew, Culture and Identity, Thursday, May 21 8:30 PM EDT

With Nancy Berg, Professor, Washington University & Melissa Weininger, Professor, Rice University

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Reimagining the Future of Hebrew in America, Sunday, May 31, 5:00 PM EDT

With Sharon Avni, Professor, BMCC, University of City of New York & Avital Karpman, Professor, University of Maryland

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Learn more about our extraordinary Sicha participants:

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is the President & CEO of the Hadar Institute, an organization committed to Jewish learning and community building (www.hadar.org). A Wexner Graduate Fellow & Dorot Fellow, Elie authored Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities. Elie holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained; he also received semikha from his long-time teacher, Rav Daniel Landes.

Professor Ruth Wisse recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, and is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles (2010), The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture (2003), and A Little Love in Big Manhattan (1988). She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992) and Jews and Power (2007). Her latest book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, a volume in the Tikvah-sponsored Library of Jewish Ideas, was recently published by Princeton University Press.

Dr. Jeremy Benstein is an educator, author and Hebrew lover with a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master’s degree in Judaic studies and a doctorate in cultural anthropology. Originally from the Midwest, he moved to Israel over 35 years ago and helped found the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv. Currently the managing editor of 929-English (Tanakh: Age-Old Text, New Perspectives – www.929.org.il), his most recent book is Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language In a Global World.

Avraham Infeld is a well-known Jewish educator who founded Melitz, an Israeli education nonprofit that fosters Jewish identity, served as the president of Hillel and was the first international director of Birthright. Born in South Africa and raised in a Zionist family, Avraham made aliyah to Israel and studied Jewish History and Bible at the Hebrew University, and Law at Tel Aviv University. Avraham is the recipient of the Hebrew University’s prestigious Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education, Hillel’s Renaissance Award, and recently received the Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement Prize,“recognizing Anglos who have made a major contribution to the State of Israel.”

 Nancy E. Berg,  Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, is a past president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew NAPH). Her publications include Exile from Exile: Israeli Writers from Iraq and More and More Equal: The Literary Works of Sami Michael. With Naomi Sokoloff she edited What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew (and What It Means to Americans), winner of the National Jewish Book Award for anthologies and collections, and the forthcoming Since 1948: Israeli Literature in the Making. 

 Melissa Weininger is the Anna Smith Fine Lecturer in Jewish Studies and the Associate Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University.  She has a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She teaches courses at Rice on Jewish literature and film, gender, and Israel.

Sharon Avni is Professor of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at BMCC at the City University of New York (CUNY). She is the co-author of Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community and American Jewish Summer Camps, and is a research affiliate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis. Her current work examines modern day Hebraists in the United States.

Avital Karpman holds a PhD in Education from York University and is the Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Hebrew Program, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland.. Her research interests include the association between identity formation and Hebrew learning, language teacher training and curriculum development, and multimodal teaching of Hebrew. She is a recent recipient of an Andrew Mellon grant to develop open-source, digital content for less commonly taught languages and the author of Kisharim: A Textbook for Advanced Learners of Hebrew.

Hebrew At The Center Presents The Latest in Hebrew Language Research

Hebrew Infusion
Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps

Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Jonathan Krasner
Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis

Dr. Sharon Avni
BMCC, City University of New York

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Recorded Thursday, August 27 2020

Let's Stop Calling it "Hebrew School"
Rationales, Goals, and Practices of Hebrew Education in Part-time Jewish Schools

Dr. Netta Avineri
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Nicki Greninger Director of Education, Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA

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Recorded Tuesday, August 4, 2020

An engaging presentation of new research on the what, how and why of Hebrew education in part-time Jewish settings. The three primary researchers share findings from their 2019 study that integrated a range of data from across the United States, including over 500 school director surveys, classroom observations in 12 schools, and nearly 400 student, clergy, parent, and teacher surveys at 8 schools. Trends, successes, and challenges are highlighted – followed by applicable recommendations for stakeholders in similar settings.

Dr. Netta Avineri is Language Teacher Education Associate Professor and Intercultural Competence Committee Chair at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She is a co-editor of the 2019 (Routledge) Language and Social Justice in Practice and author of the 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan) Research Methods for Language Teaching: Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis.

Sharon Avni is Professor of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at BMCC at the City University of New York (CUNY). She is the co-author of Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community and American Jewish Summer Camps, and is a research affiliate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis. Her current work examines modern day Hebraists in the United States.

Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, and Director of the Jewish Language Project. Her books include Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism and Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps.

Rabbi Nicki Greninger is Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA.  Dedicated to innovation and excellence in Jewish education, Rabbi Greninger is a recipient of the Pomegranate Prize by the Covenant Foundation, a current Wexner Field Fellow, and one of the co-founders of #OnwardHebrew.

Dr. Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. He is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press, 2011), which won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies, and a co-author of Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community in American Jewish Summer Camps (Rutgers University Press, 2020).

The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) is an evolving community of researchers, practitioners, and philanthropic leaders dedicated to improving the quality of knowledge that can be used to guide the work of Jewish education.