Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation and ORT Launch New Training Seminar
The inaugural Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technology in Jewish Education in Moscow signifies the importance ORT places on the teaching of Jewish Studies to assure the continued vitality of Jewish communities in and around the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
“The Naomi Foundation is proud to sponsor this series of seminars on digital technology in Jewish education, inspired by Naomi's cutting edge teaching methods, combined with her love for Jewish Studies,” said Avraham Kadar, M.D., the Foundation’s president and husband of Naomi Prawer Kadar, Ph.D. "Naomi deeply cherished community among Jewish educators. She understood the importance of creating an environment of academic exchange in which teachers could share ideas, experiences, and best technological practices. In this vein, we believe these international seminars will enrich educators and facilitate the transmission of Jewish culture and tradition within a 21st century classroom setting. We feel privileged to work in partnership with World ORT, a prominent and inspirational leader in the field of Jewish education and teacher training courses."
Nearly 30 Hebrew teachers from Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia were brought together for the four-day Seminar at Moscow ORT Technology School.
“The school is one of the best in Russia in terms of applying technology in the classroom, so in addition to learning from our expert guests, participants could also see how their peers are using tools such as Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) and video-conferencing in the teaching of Hebrew,” said Dr. Sergey Gorinskiy, the Director of ORT Russia.
“The choice of Moscow is a sign of the importance ORT places on raising the status of Jewish Studies in throughout the region,” said Alan E. Klugman, Executive Director of ORT America. “The importance of employing new technology in the teaching of Jewish Studies at the same level as other subjects, like science and math, motivates parents and to enroll their children in our high quality schools,” he added.