The COVID-19 pandemic has much of the world in lock down. Nonessential businesses related to sustaining life have been shuttered across nations. In order to protect public health, this includes schools being shut down. While our physical schools are closed, Jewish education does indeed sustain us, both as individuals and as a people, and our roles as Jewish educators continue.
Whether you are focusing on your own Jewish learning, searching for new skills to help you reach your students or seeking to connect with your fellow Jewish educators, there are resources available to you.
Below are some of the fantastic resources we’ve encountered. If you know of any others, let us know in the comments so we may share them or send an email to [email protected]!
UPDATED: April 3
Live Online Learning Opportunities
Hadar Virtiual Beit Midrash
Yeshiva Hadar has opened their Virtual Beit Midrash with a full schedule of live classes taught by their faculty. Visit the link to view their schedule of classes, and subscribe to learn when new courses are added.
Momentum, formerly the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, is excited to be hosting Momentum Boost a series of live webinars to help people get through these difficult times.
Yesod Learn & Connect Live
Our friends at Yesod are offering a range of online programming to give opportunities for Jewish educators to learn and connect through their Virtual Community. Zoom classes and parsha video blogs are being offered throughout the week.
Online Teaching Materials:
Center for Israel Education: Resources for Educating Remotely
The Center for Israel Education has a wide variety of teaching materials that can be used by Jewish educators who want to help students stuck at home learn about Israel.
Distance Learning with Unpacked for Educators
Unpacked for Educators contains several compilations of material for teaching classes online. The courses provided here contain videos, lessons plans and even Kahoot! quizzes.
Jewish Interactive has developed a new online learning resource for teachers and parents to use with children between the ages of 5 and 9. Ji Bytes are daily learning activities containing curated online multimedia resources and hands-on activities. The activities take approximately an hour with limited parental assistance and are a great way to keep children engaged while at home and learning.
Makom: Top 10 Israeli Shows to Watch in Quarantine
Makom has compiled a list of great television shows coming out of Israel that you can share with your older students. If the list isn’t right for your class, maybe they can be a fun activity for you to connect with Israel in your own time.
Pardes Resources for Uncertain Times
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning has compiled a fantastic organized library of resources. The resources are not directed toward Jewish educators only, but provide materials that would serve well in helping students develop a Jewish response to these difficult times.
Other Resource Collections:
The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education is hosting a COVID-19 Resource page containing a variety of articles discussing important topics relevant to COVID-19 and Jewish educational responses.
JEDLAB – Facebook Group
JEDLAB is a popular Facebook discussion group for Jewish educators. For years, educators have been sharing lesson plans and receiving advice on JEDLAB. In response to the current situation, JEDLAB members have compiled several resources to share with one another. Joining JEDLAB to access these files would also give you a place to meet and discuss how you are reaching students during this difficult time.
Jewish Educational Leadership: Resilience
The Lookstein Center’s journal, Jewish Educational Leadership, has released their Spring volume, with a wide variety of excellent articles by leaders and scholars in Jewish education discussing topics relevant to the current situation.
The Jewish Education Project: Coronavirus COVID-19 for Educators
This list of resources includes an annotated Google Drive folder with resources for educational leaders, materials for Passover, and helpful resources on coping with the COVID-19 crisis.
Lookstein Center: Responding to COVID-19
The Lookstein Center has created a resource with simple to follow instructions on how to host classes using video technology. Additionally, they have compiled a list of online tools that Jewish educators can use while remote teaching.
PAJES COVID-19 Support Resource
A great resource with tips and links from the UK-based Partnership for Jewish Schools. Includes links to social groups to keep you connected.
Prizmah COVID-19 Crowdsourced Materials
An online folder filled with materials from Jewish educators within the Prizmah networks. The documents in the folder contain materials important for preparing students and educators for virtual learning and handling the Cornonavirus outbreak.
Many more excellent materials can be found on Prizmah’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance page.
Union for Reform Judaism: Resources for Educational Leaders
The Union for Reform Judaism has a series of resource compilations for a wide variety of Jewish leaders, with this list focusing on educational leaders. The list contains links for professional development, connecting with other educational leaders, and teaching resources.
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