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Here is a collection of High Holidays lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators including many great digital activities.
Updated: Aug. 18, 2020
The chain of events that led to the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash began with Bar Kamtza and his accidental host not giving each other the benefit of the doubt. In the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av, we focus on loving our fellow Jews and giving them the benefit of the doubt even when it seems like they are behaving badly. Torah Live’s newest video, Judging Others Favorably, teaches children how to do this, even when it is challenging.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2020
Tisha B’Av is the Jewish fast day mourning the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people on this date, most significantly, the destruction of the First and Second Beit Hamikdash (Temples). Tisha B’Av is preceded by a period of three weeks of mourning, with even further restrictions taking place the nine days immediately before the fast. Below is a collection of Tisha B’Av lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2020
It’s no secret that Shavuot is Sefaria’s favorite holiday. While the ways we encounter Torah may be different this year, our passion for learning remains. Sefaria’s Learning Department has been gathering resources to help you prepare for Shavuot with your students and community.
Updated: May. 18, 2020
Celebrate Jerusalem with resources and lesson plans from the National Library of Israel. High school students discover the fascinating history of Naomi Shemer’s love song to Jerusalem, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav in a lesson based on the lyrics written in Shemer’s own hand, photographs, and biblical texts that inspired the song.
Updated: May. 18, 2020
The legacy of Passover is something that should be felt, not just understood with the mind. That’s why Israel Forever has created immersive activities anyone can take part in and connect in an instinctive and natural way.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2020
Looking for resources to help teach about Pesach virtually? The Lookstein Center’s newly updated Pesach resources page include Haggadot, Seder tips, lesson plans, videos to use in any educational setting.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2020
Welcome to a collection of lesson plans, interactive tools, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators to help you get your class ready for Purim.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2020
The Purim story emerges from history with lessons for each generation of Jews in every land in the world. Today we continue to fight the battles of our ancestors. Learn, engage and contribute your acts of kindness in the spirit of Queen Esther, Mordechai and the heroes of Jewish history that we should emulate with this large listing of Readings, Activities and Projects for Purim from Israel Forever.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2020
The resources below, including the newly updated 2019 Hazon Tu B’Shvat Haggadah, offer thoughts and ideas to help you celebrate Tu B’Shvat in your home or community. The texts, questions, activities, and suggestions below can serve as guides for viewing Tu B’Shvat through fresh eyes and recontextualizing the tradition.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2020