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Many of you will be spending the month of Elul preparing yourselves spiritually, practically, and intellectually for the upcoming new year. Sefaria is here to help with a variety of texts, sheets, and other resources for you to explore.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018
They are mitzvot we do multiple times a day, throughout the year, or perhaps just once in a lifetime: davening, learning the entire Tanach, paying a shivah call, settling in Eretz Yisrael . . . . Often we know exactly how to prepare ourselves for success. But other times we may freeze in the face of the new or unknown. And even amid routine practices, on occasion we find ourselves acting by rote, lacking a freshness in our spiritual lives. To help navigate such moments, Jewish Action asked seasoned teachers and experts for guidance on how to work toward mastery in ten different areas—and in the process, how to become better Jews. Here are their answers.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018
Welcome to the June 2018 The Jewish Educator, containing artcles written by your colleagues. For this issue, we asked for articles on the following topics: 1. As we approach the High Holidays and new beginnings, share changes and exciting ideas you institute in your classroom, in your professional development, or in the climate of your school. 2. With today’s overprogrammed students and overcommitted families, share creative ways of keeping children, with the support of their families, in school and engaged in the learning process.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
This is a free resource which Areyvut has developed to help celebrants, families and educators craft meaningful and personalized Mitzvah Projects. We encourage you to use this resource and to share it with family, friends and colleagues. In the following pages, you will find a guide created to help make your Bnai Mitzvah experience as meaningful as possible. It will demonstrate how to find meaning in your project before, during and after your service and/or party. It will give you some specific project ideas, as well as guidelines to help you reflect on your experience. Following the steps in this guide will lead to a truly meaningful Mitzvah Project.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
Aliza Rosenbaum has been teaching Judaic Subjects to seventh and eighth grade students at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Il for seven years. She has spent much of that time experimenting in her classroom in the hopes of developing the most effective ways to teach and work with her students. In 2017, she applied for the Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative to see what might happen when Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) goes digital.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2018
Learning over the summer has never been easier! Take your learning wherever your summer takes you with Project Zug, the online havruta learning platform powered by Hadar. Project Zug connects individuals through curated one-on-one high quality Jewish learning. Let Project Zug match you with a learning partner, or sign up with a friend. The learning platform is for all ages, and allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home – whenever you want!
Updated: May. 23, 2018
The critically acclaimed documentary trilogy “Russian Jews,” which intimately portrays the stories of Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century, is now available online on Youtube, courtesy of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Following a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, a premiere at Israel’s Knesset, sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Latvia and Georgia as well as Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta and Australia, the series, which was created by famous Russian journalist/TV host Leonid Parfenov and produced by Genesis Philanthropy Group and Studio Namdeni, will now reach an even wider audience, providing much-needed context surrounding Russian-Jewish heritage and history.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
Yad Vashem invites you to participate in a brand new six-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present”, available on the FutureLearn platform. Join more than 5000 learners from around the world as you explore the topic with 50 leading scholars to examine questions and issues relating to antisemitism.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2018
Teachers who know the basics of Biblical Hebrew are more confident when preparing and delivering their Torah/Nakh classes. They are able to approach the texts directly, before referring to other resources, traditional or modern, to interpret them. Familiarity with Biblical Hebrew adds another dimension also to those teaching Modern Hebrew conversation or literature, which both, still echo much of Classical Hebrew.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2018
A few years ago, in conversation with The Covenant Foundation about ways to engage the Jewish community in teaching and learning about migration, I suggested that the Bintel Brief, a newspaper column that used to run in the Jewish Daily Forward, might serve as an untapped resource. These letters from the Forward record the ordinary stories and dilemmas of newcomers making their way in a new land. While many of the details are grounded in the context of Jewish immigration in early 20th century New York, the letters raise universal questions about integration, assimilation, and acculturation, themes as timely now as they were when they were written. Teachers, students, all of us, needed to read the Bintel Brief to understand our past, present, and future better. The Covenant Foundation agreed. A little less than a year later Re-Imagining Migration produced Immigration and Identity: Jewish Immigrants and the Bintel Brief.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018