KEEP YOUR SCHOOL'S NAME IN THE NEWS!

Instructions

Cover letter for journalists to whom you are sending press releases

Press release for schools new to MaToK

Press release for schools that have already been using MaToK

Bulletin for schools new to MaToK

Bulletin for school that have already been using MaToK



INSTRUCTIONS!
Dear Jewish educators at schools using the MaToK Bible Curriculum:
Thank you for your participation in the MaToK Bible Curriculum which is a project of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. It is vital for the families of your students to know that you are part of the MaToK/Davidson School network that offers you and your school ongoing participation in a cutting-edge network in Jewish education, so we have attached two documents for you to use to inform your community.
The first document is intended for submissions to your local Jewish newspaper(s) and local media. This document is in Microsoft Word, and must not be edited or altered in any way with the exception of the bracketed spaces (which are bolded and underlined) for you to include your name and the name of your school. It is meant to be presented with the following introductory cover letter, which you can personalize:

COVER LETTER FOR JOURNALISTS TO WHOM YOU ARE SENDING PRESS RELEASES

Dear [Insert Journalist’s Name]:

This will be the [fill in number of years your school has used MaToK] year that the[Name of Your School] has been using MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools in grades [range of grades].The curriculum is jointly sponsored by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Schechter Day School Network. MaToK is used in many Jewish day schools, including those affiliated with RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, Schechter Day School Network, and independent schools. [Option to include quotation in quote marks from Judaic Studies head on why the school uses MaToK.]
The widespread use of MaToK can be attributed to its unique approach to working with elementary school students while using the original Hebrew Torah text. All of our veteran teachers have been trained in the MaToK methodology, and [Name Teacher and grade] joined with other teachers from around North America who attended a three-day workshop over the summer for teachers using MaToK for the first time.[Add teacher quote in quote marks about the workshop experience here.]
The news release below provides information you may be interested in sharing.
Thank you for your consideration.
[Signature of Participant]
[Print Name]
[Title]
[School]

The second is an article also in Microsoft Word that you can use as a newsletter or bulletin submission for your school, synagogue, and other local non-media institutions and organizations. The article includes spaces for you to include your name and the name of your school, in addition to a personal comment. PLEASE NOTE: This text has been carefully prepared for your use by the JTS Communications Department and—with the exception of those areas that are highlighted for your personalization—the article must not be edited or altered.
Best wishes for a successful and rewarding school year.
Galya Greenberg, Project Director
MaToK Bible Curriculum

PRESS RELEASE FOR SCHOOLS NEW TO MATOK (Please include the above cover letter when you send this.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora

Office: (212) 678-8950

Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

Jewish Day Schools in North America Adopt William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Forward-Looking MaToK Bible Curriculum

[Month Date,] 2014, New York, NY—The ever-growing demand for well-trained, competent leaders of Jewish education across North America and beyond, along with cutting-edge curricula, is being filled by the Williams Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and its myriad of degree, professional development, and curricula programs. A Bible curriculum for the third through seventh grades, The Davidson School’s MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools is currently being used by more than 40 schools in the Schechter Day Schools Network and community day schools in the United States, Canada, and abroad. The curriculum is jointly sponsored by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of The Davidson School and the Schechter Day School Network.

A major emphasis of the MaToK curriculum is building skills to understand biblical Hebrew. Students who study Torah with MaToK view Torah as kadosh (a sacred text); read Torah in an inquiring, deep, and reverent way; learn Torah in Hebrew; develop literary skills to study Torah independently; engage in critical thinking; become sensitive to shades of meaning; search for personal meaning in Torah; connect Torah with their lives as Jews; see themselves as links in the chain of Torah understanding and interpretation; prepare to explore traditional commentaries; and engage with questions about God.

Initially funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, MaToK includes student booklets, teachers’ guides, digital flipbook and ebook versions of the student booklets, and a wiki with supplementary materials and information for both teachers and students.

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is North America’s largest pluralistic school of Jewish education, granting graduate-level degrees in Jewish education and providing professional development and curricula programs to educators currently in the field.

The Davidson School is supported by generous grants from the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Visit www.jtsa.edu/MaToK.


PRESS RELEASE FOR SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN USING MATOK (Please include the above cover letter when you send this.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora

Office: (212) 678-8950

Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

Jewish Day Schools in North America Adopt William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Forward-Looking MaToK Bible Curriculum

[Month date,] 2014, New York, NY—The ever-growing demand for well-trained, competent leaders of Jewish education across North America and beyond, along with cutting-edge curricula, is being filled by the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and its myriad of degree, professional development, and curricula programs. A Bible curriculum for the third through sixth grades, The Davidson School’s MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools is currently being used by more than 40 schools in the Schechter Day School Network and community day schools in the United States, Canada, and abroad. The curriculum is jointly sponsored by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS and the Schechter Day School Network.

A major emphasis of the MaToK curriculum is building skills to understand biblical Hebrew. Students who study Torah with MaToK view Torah as kadosh (a sacred text); read Torah in an inquiring, deep, and reverent way; learn Torah in Hebrew; develop literary skills to study Torah independently; engage in critical thinking; become sensitive to shades of meaning; search for personal meaning in Torah; connect Torah with their lives as Jews; see themselves as links in the chain of Torah understanding and interpretation; prepare to explore traditional commentaries; and engage with questions about God.
MaToK was initially funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. Curriculum materials include student booklets, teachers’ guides, digital flipbooks and eBook versions of the student booklets, and a wiki with supplementary materials and information for both teachers and students.

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is North America’s largest pluralistic school of Jewish education, granting graduate-level degrees in Jewish education and providing professional development and curricula programs to educators currently in the field.

The Davidson School is supported by generous grants from the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Visit www.jtsa.edu/MaToK.


BULLETIN FOR SCHOOLS NEW TO MATOK
Jewish Day Schools in North America Adopt William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Forward-Looking MaToK Bible Curriculum

The [Name of School] is introducing a new Bible curriculum this coming school year in grades [fill in grades]. MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools has been used for 15 years in several dozen schools across North America and Europe of various denominations and affiliations, including RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, Schechter Day School Network, and independent schools. The widespread use of MaToK can be attributed to its unique approach to working with elementary school–age students while using the original Hebrew Torah text. The curriculum is jointly sponsored by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS and the Schechter Day School Network.

[Fill in the Name of School, the number of teachers, and the Names of Teachers] joined with other teachers from around North America who attended a three-day summer workshop for teachers using MaToK for the first time. [Add teacher quote in quote marks about the workshop experience here.]

A major emphasis of the MaToK curriculum is building skills to understand biblical Hebrew. Students who study Torah with MaToK view Torah as kadosh(a sacred text); read Torah in an inquiring, deep, and reverent way; learn Torah in Hebrew; develop literary skills to study Torah independently; engage in critical thinking; become sensitive to shades of meaning; search for personal meaning in Torah; connect Torah with their lives as Jews; see themselves as links in the chain of Torah understanding and interpretation; prepare to explore traditional commentaries; and engage with questions about God.
[Option to include quotation in quote marks from Judaic Studies head on why the school uses MaToK.]
MaToK was initially funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. Curriculum materials include student booklets, teachers’ guides, digital flipbook and ebook versions of the student booklets, and a wiki with supplementary materials and information for both teachers and students.

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is North America’s largest pluralistic school of Jewish education, granting graduate-level degrees in Jewish education and providing professional development and curricula programs to educators currently in the field. It continues to fill the ever-growing demand for well-trained, competent leaders in Jewish education across the continent and beyond.

The Davidson School is supported by generous grants from the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

For additional information about the MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools, please contact Dr. Janette Silverman at The Davidson School: jasilverman@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8850.


BULLETIN FOR SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN USING MATOK
Jewish Day Schools in North America Adopt William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Forward-Looking MaToK Bible Curriculum

This will be the [fill in number of years your school has used MaToK] year that the [Name of school] has been using MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Jewish Day Schools in grades [name grades]. MaToK is used in many Jewish day schools, including those affiliated with RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, Schechter Day School Network, and independent schools. The widespread use of MaToK can be attributed to its unique approach to working with elementary school–age students, while using the original Hebrew Torah text. The curriculum is jointly sponsored by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS and the Schechter Day School Network.

All of our veteran teachers have been trained in the MaToK methodology, and [number of grade taught]-grade teacher [Name of teacher] joined with other teachers from around North America who attended a three-day summer workshop for teachers using MaToK for the first time. [Add teacher quote in quote marks about the workshop experience here.]

A major emphasis of the curriculum is building skills to understand biblical Hebrew. Students who study Torah with MaToK view Torah as kadosh (a sacred text); read Torah in an inquiring, deep, and reverent way; learn Torah in Hebrew; develop literary skills to study Torah independently; engage in critical thinking; become sensitive to shades of meaning; search for personal meaning in Torah; connect Torah with their lives as Jews; see themselves as links in the chain of Torah understanding and interpretation; prepare to explore traditional commentaries; and engage with questions about God.
[Option to include quotation in quote marks from JS head on why the school uses MaToK.]
MaToK was initially funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. Curriculum materials include student booklets, teachers’ guides, digital flipbook and eBook versions of the student booklets, and a wiki with supplementary materials and information for both teachers and students.

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is North America’s largest pluralistic school of Jewish education, granting graduate-level degrees in Jewish education and providing professional development and curricula programs to educators currently in the field. It continues to fill the ever-growing demand for well-trained, competent leaders in Jewish education across the continent and beyond.

The Davidson School is supported by generous grants from the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

For additional information about the MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools, please contact Dr. Janette Silverman at The Davidson School: jasilverman@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8850.

































When your local paper prints it, or when it appears in your school bulletin or website--please let Dr. Janette Silverman know about it by contacting her at jasilverman@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8850. Dr. Silverman is the Outreach Director at the William Davidson Graduate School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary