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Address: Revivim Program, Yitzchak Rabin Building—The Global Center for Jewish Studies,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501
Telephone: 972-2-588-1970
Fax: 972-2-588-1218
Email: revivim@savion.huji.ac.il

Ms. Ayala Paz

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Ayala is a pedagogic mentor in the Revivim Honors Teacher-Training Program in Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a lecturer in Bible Studies at the David Yellin Academic College in Jerusalem.  She is a graduate of the Hebrew University, the Shechter Institute for Jewish Studies and the Kerem Institute for Humanistic Jewish Education.

 

Ayala teaches courses on the biblical story, such as ‘David the Man and Leader’, ‘Creation Stories’, ‘Women in the Bible’, ‘Biblical Law’, as well as multidisciplinary courses like ‘Art as Commentary on Biblical Texts’ and a course facilitating experimental dramatic adaptations of biblical texts.

 

At Revivim, Ayala runs a workshop focusing on the art of preparing a class.  This workshop deals with the background ethical questions for preparing a lesson on a biblical text, including, for example: What is my stand, as a person and as a teacher, on Jewish texts?  Are these texts relevant today?  What significance is there to these texts?  How does one instill in students a sense of identification with ancient texts and ideas, written in a language not always understood in the 21st century?  How does one turn research and academic knowledge into a significant school lesson?  How does one choose the focus of study?  How can one encourage students to research and discover?

 

Ayala is the author of textbooks and didactic articles for Bible teachers published by the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Center for Educational Technology, the Mikranet website, and the Bible website for the national education system.

 

Ayala taught Bible for eighteen years in the eleventh and twelfth grade classes at the Ziv High School in Jerusalem, where she was also the Bible coordinator.