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Session 10 בעברית – Yelena Plis, Joseph Fima & Suzanne Krispel Dykler

October 22, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Code: #TT10
Room: 218

Part a. How to create a meaningful Jewish studies class

Yelena Plis, Teacher, Akiva

In the past few years I have made a shift towards child-centered pedagogy, encouraging my students’ active engagement in their learning. I have been incorporating multi-sensory activities, blended learning and educational technologies, along with music and art, all of which enable my students to interact collaboratively and exercise their critical thinking. This year, for example, my grade 4 students designed their own Keren Kayemet Blue Boxes and wrote songs expressing the importance of supporting JNF. They used communication, collaboration and creativity while working on this project and, as a class, we shared these videos with our twin school in Israel, thereby adding an outreach, real-world connection to our already multi-layered project. I will be discussing how you too can do this in your own classroom.

Part b. How to teach the Holocaust through the Court of Justice

Dr. Joseph Fima, Teacher, Azrieli Herzliah

Teaching the history of the Holocaust in the Diaspora has customarily been based on the extensive use of textbooks. At a time when the number of survivors is dwindling and educators fiercely compete with electronic stimuli for the attention of their students, and when surveys show a significant lack of knowledge regarding the Holocaust, it has become imperative to redouble our efforts to inculcate the moral lessons of the Holocaust in our students.

Bearing all that in mind, we at Herzliah High School decided to enrich the curriculum with an experiential unit dealing with a Holocaust-era moral dilemma. In this framework, students are assigned a moral dilemma, which they have to research with the aim of creating a court case containing all the necessary elements of an actual trial, worthy of being presented at the Supreme Court. To that end, Herzliah students invite students from non-Jewish schools to take part in the mock trial. During my presentation, I will discuss and offer examples of the cases prepared and debated by my students in the presence of a real Supreme Court judge. Materials will be distributed for reference and application in the classroom.

Part c. How to convey the love of Shabbat and Chagim to the students

Suzanne Krispel Dykler, Teacher, École Maimonide

I will be discussing how to convey the love of Shabbat and Jewish Holidays to students in a way they will find exciting and will want to bring that excitement to their homes. In turn, their families will want to experience Shabbat and Holidays with their child, each at their own level of acceptance. The challenge facing us is to keep that flame of excitement burning by using music and songs, as well as art and movement that relate to those songs and prayers. When the children are happy and participate, they will learn better, remember, and enjoy all that is taught to them. This way, our Jewish traditions will be kept alive and will be passed down from generation to generation.

Yelena graduated from Gordon College of Education in Haifa, Israel with a Bachelor’s of Education and worked as an educator in the Ministry of Education in Israel for 9 years before moving to Montreal with her family. Yelena has been teaching Jewish studies at Akiva since 2007. In February 2017, Yelena participated in a mission to Israel with a group of Montreal teachers and has since been working with her colleagues to strengthen the connection with their twin school Yuvalei Hanegev (Bnei Shimon). In 2018, she received the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She is passionate about engaging her students in meaningful Jewish learning by fostering their critical thinking, while using educational tools in technology and different forms of art to allow creativity and self-expression.
Joseph earned his PhD in History from University of Montreal and has been teaching Jewish History at Herzliah High School since 1997. A former high school director at a boarding school in Israel and a Jewish Agency emissary to Montreal, Dr. Fima has presented papers at conferences for historians and Hebrew professors. In addition to history, Dr. Fima has a keen interest in the application of new technologies in Judaic studies instruction, an initiative that has been recognized and supported by the Avi Chai Foundation.
Suzanne was born in Morocco and made Alyiah with her family in 1963. She obtained her Education degrees from Assata Seminary, Michlelet Achvah and Bar Ilan University, specializing as an elementary school teacher and as a special needs educator. She worked in Israel as a teacher for 13 years, and led after-school art groups for teenagers until 1989. After being offered by Sochnut the opportunity to work in Canada, Suzanne moved to Montreal and has been at École Maimonide ever since. In her spare time, Suzanne teaches beginner Hebrew to adults who want to learn the language and letters at both Chabad of Ville St. Laurent and Congregation Sepharade Petah Tikvah.



October 22, 2018
12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
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High School – Secondaire
Elementary – Primaire