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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 all started with a simple conversation that would frighten many in the world of Jewish institutional life. In early March 2020, my colleague, Rabbi Dara Frimmer, and I discussed the imminent closure of our synagogues due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We shared how we planned to offer digital worship, online religious school, and distance preschool programming. In our conversation, I posed a seemingly innocuous but somewhat provocative suggestion for Jewish institutions to date: “Why don’t we share resources? Share material? Share online classes? That way, while people are stuck at home, they will have plenty of opportunities to remain connected. And by sharing, we don’t have to shoulder the entire load ourselves.” And thus, JewItAtHome.com was born.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2020
This summer, Tikvah Online Academy is offering the highest-level seminars in the world for middle school and high school students interested in Jewish ideas, Zionism, and American democracy. Small classes, master teachers, and spirited discussions—all online.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2020
Although summer camps are cancelled, ScaVentures Quarantine Quests will connect campers with each other providing content that is fun and meaningful. With 10 years of experience in educational tourism and more than 30 000 happy clients, we moved our games online to allow families and groups of all kinds to feel connected and have fun together, despite the quarantine. As quarantines open up our online games will continue, but not be restricted to the home enviroment.
Updated: May. 31, 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
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Updated: Apr. 30, 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