New Virtual High School Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Jewish Day Schools Nationwide

March, 2015

Source: The Virtual High School


The Virtual High School (VHS) a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced that Jewish day schools nationwide will now have access to high-quality online Judaic Studies courses through The Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). VHS, with funding from the New York-based AVI CHAI Foundation, an organization committed to the perpetuation of the Jewish people, Judaism, and the centrality of the State of Israel to the Jewish people, will work with member schools to design and develop a series of Judaic studies courses to be delivered online. These courses will deliver engaging, rigorous content on a variety of Judaic studies topics, and will provide students and teachers with vital digital literacy, global communication and 21st century skills.


The Online Judaic Studies Consortium will enable schools to develop and utilize innovative Judaic studies courses in a flexible online format. Teachers at each participating school will receive professional development in online course delivery using VHS’ exclusive Online Teaching Methodologies course and advise VHS in the development of content for each course. A dedicated staff member at each member school will act as an on-site student mentor and facilitator and manage the program at each location. Students at each school will take the courses online during their school day.


Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC) gives your school the opportunity to collaborate with The Virtual High School (VHS) to design, develop and provide students with Judaic Studies courses online.


Consortium members receive all they need to implement a local, robust online Judaic Studies program, including:

  • comprehensive teacher training in online course facilitation and curriculum design
  • access to the acclaimed Brightspace integrated learning platform to ensure ease of access and use for schools and students
  • online training and access for your on-site OJSC school mentor who will serve as the primary point of contact at your school for students, parents, and teachers
  • Student Orientation for all OJSC students to prepare them to take online Judaic Studies courses as part of their school day

Your school will work collaboratively with The Virtual High School and other OJSC schools to create custom courses for the OJSC program and its members! OJSC courses will cover topics such as: Tanach, Rabbinic Literature, Jewish History, Israel, Contemporary Jewish Issues, Jewish Thought and more!


For more information visit the OJSC web page.

Updated: Jul. 15, 2015