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The Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholars Program, a three-year program offering excellent online courses in Jewish texts, history, and values, live classes with a master Jewish educator, and a Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholar Certificate from The Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2021
The breathtaking pace of change brought on by the pandemic has generated extraordinary excitement and possibilities as well as a fair amount of anxiety—is the change too fast, without considering the positives of what was before? This issue of the journal looks at what we have learned from the crisis as we look forward.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
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. 01, 2021
Jewish text educators are tasked with the ongoing challenge of balancing skill development and content mastery on the one hand and creating meaningful Jewish learning experiences on the other. This delicate balance of seemingly opposing goals requires skill, proper planning, and support. In this series, we will explore a student-centered approach to Tanakh and Talmud/Rabbinics study where the skills and content learned will aid students in their personal construction of meaning. The Bootcamp, between June 24 – July 11, 2021, will explore various strategies for achieving our meaning-making goals including historical, literary, analytical, and inquiry-based approaches.
Updated: May. 10, 2021
Here is a collection of Lag BaOmer lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2021
The topic for this journal, making Jewish learning meaningful, touched raw nerves in so many people from an extraordinary range of the community. The response to the Call for Papers included submissions from community schools to Orthodox schools, formal and informal educators, academics, leaders in central agencies for Jewish education, classroom teachers, researchers, communal Rabbis, and school heads. The urgency of the topic demanded that we publish the double issue before you.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2021
Join us on March 15, 2021, 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST, for a conversation with Aryeh Halivni, Founder and Executive Director of Toldot Yisrael (an organization documenting Israel’s 1948 generation), and Naomi Schrager, Director of Education of Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, where we will explore an incredibly rich resource for teaching about Israel.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2021
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. 10, 2021
R. Yehoshua ben Gamla’s innovation, which may have saved countless Jewish children from ignorance, has been the flashpoint for many minor internal conflicts. What do we do when the formal Jewish learning undermines long-standing family traditions? How do those with formal Jewish authority react when the families and the community seek to undermine that authority? The questions are not limited to religion, they extend to almost every aspect of life. Are schools to function as societal thought-leaders and change agents or is their mandate to maintain the norms and standards of its constituents and the community it serves?
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021
Tu B’Shvat is celebrated by eating the fruits of the land of Israel (mainly the seven species: pomegranate, olive, date, fig, grape, wheat, and barley) and learning about how to protect the Earth. Tu B’Shvat has become the unofficial “Earth Day” of Israel where ecological advancements are discussed and celebrated and there is a tradition to plant trees in Israel for Tu B’Shvat. Here is a collection of Tu B’Shvat lesson plans, interactive tools, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021