General  College  Information

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Lifshitz College of Education, a  pioneer  training teachers for religious education, was established in  5681 1920 by the initiative of the Department for Education of the World Zionist Organization in, and backed  by  the  then chief  rabbies of Eretz Yisrael: Avraham Yitzhak  haKohen Kook ZT"L  and Ben-ZionMeir_Hai Uziel ZT"L .

In  the school year  of 1996, 5756 Lifshitz College  was recognized as an institution of higher learning authorizing it  to award the degree of B.Ed and a teaching certificate.  The degree allows the student to pursue a Master's degree in the subjects of his specialty, and in education in the various universities. In 5769 The Council for Higher Education authorized the college  to establish a Master's program  in education and teaching (M.ed) including two   study tracks  whose aim  is training a senior staff  for  Jewish Education.

As in the past, the college meets the educational challenges as they present themselves in accordance with contemporary needs.  The history of the college shows  that its faculty included  great scholars,  teachers and thinkers of the National Religious  stream in Israel. Even today  its teachers and lecturers  rank  among  the best in the Academic world.   

The college staff  as always provide  personalized devoted  service to  its students. Lifshitz College endeavors to create a pleasant and enjoyable learning  atmosphere  so    that learning  is beneficial to the students and  widens  their horizons.

1.     Tanakh (Bible) Program

The  Tanakh Program  offers  a variety of courses in the  Tanakh books and adjacent  areas of study. Bible Language;  Bible  Translations;  Biblical  Accentuation; Biblical Exegesis Through the Ages (From intra-Biblical interpretation, Chazal (Sages)  Commentary,  Medieval  Commentators  to Contemporary Commentators); Its  historical and geographical  background; The Books  of Tanakh  are taught from different  perspectives, using classical  and  modern  rabbinical and academic interpretive tools out of commitment to their sanctity .  The program  aims to  broaden   the mind of the student and his knowledge  of biblical content, its methods of exegesis  and instruction through strengthening  his  bond with it. The graduates of this program enter  the educational system as teachers and educators whose personality  combines deep faith with intellectual openness. Deepening their bond with  Tanakh and its world will enrich  their personal world wherever they may  be. The courses offered include: Introduction to the Bible and the Masorah; The Biblical Story; King and Kingship; Radak Exegesis to the Book of Shmuel (Samuel); Biblical Accentuation as exegetes, Sibling and Family in the Bible.

2.     Oral Law   program

 The Oral Law study program offers a wide variety of courses in all  areas of Oral Law: Mishnah,;Tosefta,; Halakhic Midrash,Talmudic and Halakhic Commentary, Jewish  Thought; Rabbi Kook's Thought  and Rabbi Soloveitchik's Thought. The Oral Law Study Program   also allows its students  to acquaint themselves with the great discoveries of Jewish Studies (manuscripts, Genizah etc.),  to become familiar with the different study methods of the Talmud  and to discuss different issues /questions of Halakha and Halakhic  rulings . The students of this   program  acquire the most up-to-date knowledge in Judaic Studies, and learn  that science is compatible with  the traditional Jewish beliefs. The program emphasizes especially these  pedagogical methods required to revive   love of Talmud study

among Israeli pupils. The program's students, many of  whom become Talmud teachers,  are to broaden their horizons so they can be successful in changing   Gemara  teaching methods in  elementary    and   high schools, in order to increase the attractiveness of Talmud study among the pupils. .Among the courses taught:  Introduction to the Yerushalmi (Palestinian Talmud);  Halakha and and Modern Reality; Talmud Commentators  of  Ashkenaz;  Tradition, Disagreement  and  Computer- assisted instruction of Oral Law.

3.      Science  Program

The science program  presents  the student with the following courses, taught at academic level: chemistry, physics, mathematics, and especially biology. Specially emphasized  subjects  in   biology  include: botany,  zoology, ecology, biology of the cell,  molecular biology, genetics, genetic engineering. The  program aims  to impart academic knowledge in the subjects  of the student's specialization, that will allow the student both to train for teaching and to acquire  the qualifications required for advanced  biology studies   in institutions of higher learning.  The program's graduates go on to teach science and technology in high schools.   Outstanding  graduates are   selected  to prepare upper  level students for the  matriculation examinations. The courses taught include:  Electricity and Magnetism;  Biochemistry;  Blood Physiology; Respiratory Physiology;  Introduction to Geology; Plant Ecology; Microbiology; Genetic  Engineering and more.

4.     Communications program

The communications program trains  students to teach  communication and cinema in schools throughout  Israel. It  aims to train teachers,  who are familiar with  journalistic, radio and cinematic work.  They can teach Israeli pupils to examine  the media critically and educate for creative media work  while   maintaining their religious values. The graduates of this program teach in hundreds of high schools that offer communications program, among them many communications programs in religious schools.  The courses taught include:  Introduction to  Mass  Media;  Journalistic Writing;  Radio Broadcasting; Visual Language; Rhetoric and (the art of) Persuasion;  Judaism and Mass Communication;  Ethics and the Law; Spokesmanship and  Publicity.

5.     Mathematics Program

The mathematics program's purpose  is to train its  students   academically to teach Math in junior high school (grades 7-9) and up to the tenth grade and bring the students to a new level that will enable them   to take on /contend with professional and didactic problems. The syllabus is designed to impart  intensive academic knowledge in basic  subjects and acquaint the student with  advanced  topics  beyond what is required  to  teach high school. The program's teachers have academic degrees in  Mathematics and   a vast experience in Math instruction in  institutions of higher learning.  Some of them are involved in  mathematics instruction research. The courses taught include: Modern  Analysis;  Complex Math Functions;  Expanded Geometry; Limits; Logic; Math  through Technological Tools.

6.     The Math and Computer Science Instruction  Program

The combined program in math and computer science instruction is intended for students who wish to   train to teach in these fields.  This specialization comprises  of   these two subjects, therefore  it is not possible  to combine this program  with learning  yet  another subject . This specialization requires a lot of effort on the part of the student, at the same time challenging  him intellectually and exposing him  to abstract sciences  as he become familiar  with the most recent  up to date  technological innovations.  The student undertaking this specialization develops  analytical and critical  thinking and   wishes to become a teacher researcher , The various courses include:  Introduction to Algorithms and programming ; Numerical Methods; Data Structures;  Computer Structure and the Assembly Language; Operating Systems ;

7.     Georgraphy Program

The Geography program attracts students  interested in the geography of Israel, and who desire to understand the natural phenomena occurring  all around us.  The science of geography explores planet earth, the processes occurring on its surface  and the interaction between man, landscape and environment.   The Geography Program  trains students to  teach   geography in  junior high school (or middle school) (required subject).  The program includes many subjects in various fields taught by subject specialist  lecturers. Among the courses taught: Middle East Geography; Urban Settlements and Urbanization in the Global Age;  Introduction to Climatology;  Oceans: Their  Mapping and Topography; Introduction  to Environmental Management  / Science/

8.     Organization and Management of Educational Systems

The  main aim  of the program is to find and train selected educators for school leadership positions in the Israeli educational system, and focus on developing an educational leadership capable of promoting educational ideas, based on Jewish and  general sources,   whilst effecting  a continuous improvement in the educational system,  especially  as regards the issue of contending with the challenge  of ever  changing reality. The program aims to provide the management trainees  with  up to date theoretical   knowledge  based on research  in the area of management, especially in  educational management ( management of information; management of  leadership potential;  management of sources ;  management of activities ;  strategic  management; management of school-society relations), to develop leadership  and management capabilities in schools as  effective educational organizations,  that operate in a developing  and ever changing environment, (leadership skills ,decision-making, creativity  etc),  nurture understanding of the trends  and issues, which affect the educational reality/ experience in general and  schools in particular (management in multi-cultural society),  to develop and nurture reflective behavior, based on understanding the need for constant  and continuous learning (simulations  role-playing, internship) Target audience .  Successful candidates for this  program include : teachers who hold a  bachelor's degree  at least and who have  three years of experience and holders of  a bachelor's degrees in other  fields,  those connected to management or who have experience in this area.

9.     Studies in Jewish Educational  Thought 

The Studies in  Jewish Educational Thought Program offers a syllabus' that instill a sense of   mission in functionaries of  the educational system.  The basic premise of the program is that an educational leader should be able to form educational worldview based on Jewish sources and the philosophy, define strategies, and guide the education staff to mold  the program's aims according to the community needs.   The program   has  three components: a) The history of Jewish  education   over the ages. b) Jewish thought  c) philosophical links.  The program seeks  to combine  Jewish educational history with  sources  in Jewish thought and  to enrich them through connection to the history of Western philosophy  over the ages.  The program purports to combine theory and practice, to suggests  ways to apply educational theory, and seeks  the ideological  attributes  on which  the educational work rests. The program's objects are :  to introduce  the methods and  the basic principles of trends and streams in  Jewish education;  to provide    extensive in depth  knowledge of educational thought, emphasizing the unique attributes of Jewish education; to become familiar with unique aspects relevant to Jewish education in the modern world; to encourage the learner to develop research and application  tools to help  to perceive principles and  educational methods  of  Thinkers,  Torah Scholars and  Jewish philosophers; to develop an educational identity that promotes  viable educational vision. Target audience: teachers with a bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience, holders    bachelor's degree in other fields of knowledge/ in other academic discipline