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Posted on
24 November 2014

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Director of Judaic Studies, Atlanta Jewish Academy

Atlanta Jewish Academy, an Early Childhood through grade 12 Modern Orthodox Day School with a proud and diverse population, seeks Judaic/Ivrit Head for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Director of Judaic Studies, grades K-12, will report to Head of School. He/she will support all educational and administrative aspects of the Judaic studies department and will play a critical role in shaping the Judaic program and the school. 

The Director of Judaic Studies, provides curriculum leadership and manages all aspects of the Judaic Studies program. He/she is responsible for review and revision of the Lower School , Middle School and Upper School Judaic Studies curriculum. He/she is a resource to the Head of School ensuring a cohesive student centered academic program that engages, inspires and meets the needs of all students. Additionally the Director will be fully integrated into the Administrative team to ensure a coherent vertically aligned K-12 program.

As the Judaic Studies instructional leader, he/she will provide teacher professional development, instructional coaching, and teacher supervision and observation in the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School.

Please send resume in confidence to Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, phecht@atljewishacademy.org.

For more information, please contact: phecht@atljewishacademy.org

Posted on
19 November 2014

Director of Jewish Studies

Carmel School Association (Hong Kong) is seeking a
Director of Jewish Studies to commence work in August
2014. The Director of Jewish Studies is responsible to
the Principal for overseeing the Jewish Studies and
Jewish Life of Carmel School Association, consistent with
its stated aims and objectives. The successful candidate
will be an effective leader and communicator, an
excellent classroom teacher and a passionate informal

Role and Responsibilities include:
1. To serve on Senior Management Team of the School.
2. To develop and implement the Jewish Studies Curriculum
at the School.
3. To coordinate, plan and oversee all Informal Education
and special events relating to the celebration of Jewish
holidays at the campuses.
4. To supervise, support and appraise the performance of
Jewish Studies teachers across all campuses.
5. To play a significant role in the recruitment and
employment of Jewish Studies teachers.
6. To be responsible for development of a pastoral care
program to include spiritual direction and to track,
monitor and support the overall progress and development
of students by leading the school mentoring programme.
7. To organise, direct and oversee all tefilla
activities, shabbatonim and religious events.
8. To organize and co-ordinate all school educational
9. To establish links with other Jewish schools
internationally and promote partnerships and student
exchange visits and to liaise and network with local and
international Jewish organizations.
10. To manage the available resources of space, money and
equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and
procedures laid down for the Jewish Studies/Hebrew

We offer an attractive compensation package. To apply,
please send full resume and expected salary to

For more information, please contact: hr@carmel.edu.hk

Posted on
06 November 2014

Founding Elementary School Principal

The Kohelet Foundation
seeks a founding principal for its newly launched Yeshiva Lab School (YLS).
Rooted in a constructivist model of education, YLS hopes to advance the Jewish
Day School field by employing replicable, empirically supported and
developmentally appropriate methods of pedagogy throughout all subject areas
and across all grade levels. As such, all materials, programs, and educational
content developed at the Yeshiva Lab School will be shared openly and eagerly
with the Day School field.  To meet the
needs of Philadelphias growing Orthodox community, this school will
also be the first ideologically Modern Orthodox elementary school in the Lower
Merion area.

YLS is slated to open with
a Kindergarten class in September of 2015 and intends to add one additional
grade per year through 8th grade.

The founding principal will
oversee all areas of the schools daily operation, its faculty and staff, and
will be supervised by the Kohelet Foundation. 
He or she will have the unique professional opportunity to be intimately
involved in planning and constructing the schools
distinctive student-centered pedagogical approach together with the Kohelet
Foundation and its educational consultants. 
The founding principal will oversee both the Judaic and General Studies
sides of the curriculum for the first several years until the schools
student population necessitates additional administrative support.  Back office and business office support will
be provided from the outset.

The successful candidate
will be a dynamic, growth-oriented, progressive educator with proven leadership
skills who is passionately committed to the schools religious
and educational philosophy.  Preference
will be given to candidates with formal training in and / or classroom
experience with constructivist 
educational models. As the founding principal, the successful candidate
must also demonstrate the fortitude, drive, and vision necessary to guide an
institution from its initial launch to its fully formed stage.

Salary will be commensurate
with experience and competitive with comparable positions in the Philadelphia

 For more information regarding
the Yeshiva Lab School visit www.yeshivalabschool.org.

 For more information
regarding the position and to apply, email a CV with a cover letter and a
statement of educational philosophy to info@yeshivalabschool.org.

For more information, please contact: info@yeshivalabschool.org

Posted on
06 November 2014

Head of School

The Ramaz School is seeking candidates for Head of School. The position will commence in the 2015-16 school year. To learn more, please go to http://yuschoolpartnership.org/ramaz-opportunity-statement/

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and Educational Philosophy Statement to Dina Rabhan at the YU School Partnership (rabhan@yu.edu).

For more information, please contact: rabhan@yu.edu

Posted on
05 November 2014

Early Childhood Director

Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, a leading day
school for over 50 years, seeks a warm and dynamic Early
Childhood Director for the 2015 school year.
Candidate must have a deep love for children and Torah,
at least a B.A. (preferably M.A.), strong early childhood
experience, extensive knowledge of early childhood
development and curriculum and previous teaching and
administrative experience.

Candidates will be able to:
• Nurture the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and
spiritual development of young children
• Build upon our high level of quality and success,
• Bring their experience to continue and expand our
mission and educational vision.
• Work seamlessly with a collaborative leadership team

Please send resume and cover letter in Word or PDF format
to ECPSearch@taphila.org

For more information, please contact: ECPSearch@taphila.org

Posted on
07 October 2014

Exciting and Funded Opportunity for Jewish Educators!

Facing History and Ourselves is excited to invite you to our online course, Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in a Jewish Setting. Starting October 20th, you can progress at your own pace as you examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Join us as we explore how history is shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial, as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility.

In this course, you will: 
• Engage in activities including reviewing source materials, watching video clips, journaling, and participating in facilitated online discussion forums
• Investigate the connection between Jewish history and identity, the moral questions inherent in everyday life, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today
• Learn multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches for teaching a course on the Holocaust that is grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values
• Participate in a live conference call with a Holocaust survivor
• Receive free copies of Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior and The Jews of Poland
• Have the opportunity to earn graduate credit (additional fees apply).

Click HERE for more details and to register!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Claims Foundation, participants in this online course will have the $300 course fee waived and will only need to pay the $50 registration fee. 

For more information, please contact: sara_bellin@facing.org

Posted on
01 October 2014

Lower School Psychologist - Temporary Leave Replacement (October 2014 - January 2015)

- Facilitates and interprets psycho-
educational/neuropsychological evaluations and educates
faculty on the needs of students
- Creates, implements, and tracks comprehensive
intervention plans for students in collaboration with the
student support team
- Supports students as they build social skills and
develops the tools for emotional management
- Plans and implements school-wide community-building
programs, in accordance with the school’s Jewish mission
- Collaborates with and provides consultation to school
leaders, teachers, and parents on matters regarding the
healthy development and well-being of children as they
develop independence, on matters affecting student
development and progress, and in determining appropriate
intervention plans
- Participates in school-based support team meetings to
gather information about student progress and assist in
developing program recommendations
- Ensures the use of data-driven decision-making
- Infuses a psychological framework into the school
experience and culture
- Plans and provides high-quality counseling services to
- Serves as a member of the Lower School Leadership Team

- Doctorate in psychology, licensed (or license-eligible)
psychologist or other related credentials
- Experience with a variety of psycho-educational and
behavioral assessment tools, including cognitive testing,
academic achievement testing, behavior rating scales, and
objective and projective emotional and personality
assessment instruments
- Excellent listening and communication skills
- Strong collaboration abilities
- Organization, efficiency, and ability to self-manage to
meet deadlines
- Dedication and passion for our school’s mission,
professional standards, and values
- Relentlessness in the pursuit of creative planning for
student success
- Commitment to multi-disciplinary integration and

For more information, please contact: jobs@schechterwestchester.org

Posted on
27 August 2014

Established Jewish Community Day School Seeks Head of School

Friedel Jewish Academy, a growing Jewish community day school
celebrating its 50th year, seeks an impassioned Head of School to take
us to the next level.  You must be a confident leader who inspires our
exceptional teachers and attracts and retains our families, an
enthusiastic Jewish educator whom students regard as approachable and
caring, and a collaborator who works well with multiple constituencies:
parents, teachers, Board members, donors, Federation, area synagogues,
and the general Jewish community.

Friedel is a K-6 elementary
school in Omaha, NE., fully accredited by the state, and employs the TaL
AM Hebrew & Heritage Curriculum.  Our students love to learn and
consistently rank in top percentiles in reading and math.  Programming
includes a science fair, band, orchestra, drama, swimming, and an
unparalleled fine arts program. Friedel has consistently produced
award-winning students, including the current State Speech Contest
Champion, a fifth grader!

These are exciting times. Friedel has
grown from 18-50 students in the past ten years. We recently expanded
our building to include a larger commons, new classrooms, and new
offices, and feel certain we have the potential and resources to
continue our growth.

Omaha is a city of opportunity and
prosperity. Everyday living is affordable and convenient. We
consistently rank at the top of national surveys for "quality of
life"(as many East and West Coast transplants can attest).

Omaha Jewish community is exceptional (jewishomaha.org) - welcoming,
cohesive and supportive -- offering a wealth of resources -- financial,
religious, cultural and recreational.

For the right leader, this
is a creative, rewarding and enjoyable career opportunity. See for
yourself.  Send your resume to friedelacademy@fjaomaha.com or mail to Friedel Jewish Academy, 335 South 132nd Stereet - Omaha, Nebraska 68154.

Elementary Education experience preferred
Jewish Day School credentials and experience preferred
A love for all things Jewish

For more information, please contact: FriedelAcademy@fjaomaha.com

Posted on
24 November 2014

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Looking for couples for teaching positions, Atlanta Jewish Academy

Atlanta Jewish Academy, a Modern Orthodox Day School grades Early Childhood through grade 12 with a proud diverse population, seeks to recruit and hire up to 3 couples to teach Judaic studies and Ivrit and take leadership positions at the school and in the schools’ communities for the 2014-2015 school year.

School seeks to hire couples with successful teaching and informal educational experience. Teaching opportunities are for Judaics and Hebrew language for all grades and ages.

School will help with relocation. Competitive salaries and benefits package included.

If you want to live in a beautiful area of the country with a strong and growing diverse Jewish community, and directly and positively impact Jewish life in your school and Kehila, please send your resume to resumes@atljewishacademy.org.

For more information, please contact: resumes@atljewishacademy.org

Posted on
21 November 2014

Gan Shalom Teaching Position (Washington, DC)

Shalom, a cooperative preschool in Capitol Hill, Washington DC, is looking for
a lead teacher to work five mornings a week (Monday-Friday).  As a lead
teacher, you would join a supportive community of staff and families who are
looking for someone to help create a warm and loving environment for the
children.  You will implement developmentally appropriate, hands on, play
based learning opportunities for our students.   The successful
candidate must be able to work well with parents and must meet with all OSSE
requirements for lead teacher. Benefits include competitive compensation, paid
training and professional development, and routine coaching and mentoring from
the school director. 

To apply, please
submit your cover letter and resume to 

For more information, please contact: AlexisYMTinsley@gmail.com

Posted on
12 November 2014


Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey seeks a teacher for
maternity coverage for 4th grade boys General Studies. PM
only. Spring time. Great work environment, collaborative
staff, and terrific kids. BA required with educational
background, MA preferred. Familiarity with with balanced
literacy a plus. Great opportunity to break into
teaching. Opportunity for advancement the following year.
Competitive pay and benefits available. Contact
jlevy@rynj.org for details.

For more information, please contact: drosenberg@rynj.org

Posted on
12 November 2014

assistant teacher

Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey seeks a terrific,
energetic, assistant teacher for 4th grade girls and 2nd
grade boys to work closely with students helping them with
differentiated assignments, staying on task, and offering
academic modifications when necessary. The assistant
teacher should have a BA in education or working towards
it. Great opportunity for a future teacher. We will
mentor and provide training. Contact jlevy@rynj.org for

For more information, please contact: drosenberg@rynj.org

Posted on
05 November 2014

Special Education Resource Teacher and Literacy Coach

Associated Hebrew Schools is a community day school rooted in traditional Judaism with over 1500 students on four campuses in Toronto. We have an immediate opening for a

Special Education Resource Teacher and Literacy Coach

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing Individualized Education Plans with teachers and ensuring that student needs are met through the IEP with integrated classroom support.
  • Ability to efficiently track student’s progress
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Ability to modify and model curriculum delivery to suit a variety of learning styles
  • Ability to help teachers accommodate student needs in the classroom
  • Participation in SST meetings.
  • Consultation and communication with parents
  • Coordinating curriculum based assessments
  • Effective communication with the administration
  • A diverse approach to thinking about and planning for children
Candidates should have a Bachelor of Education degree, Special Education Specialist and coaching certification as well as varied experience both in the classroom and in the area of servicing Special Needs children. 

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to

For more information, please contact: cenglish@ahschools.com

Posted on
29 October 2014

Middle/High School Judaic Studies Teacher, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD is seeking a full-time Middle/High School Judaic Studies Teacher for the 2014-2015 academic year. The ideal candidate will be a creative, charismatic educator with expertise in a broad range of Judaic Studies topics. He/she should have a record of creating strong relationships with students and be comfortable teaching in a pluralistic environment that emphasizes Jewish identity development and experiential education techniques. 

Responsibilities include: 
* Teaching Bible and Rabbinics classes to middle and high school students (grades 7, 8 and 9) 
* Participating in planning Judaic programs and celebrations in the School 

Requirements: BA in Judaic Studies required, MA, doctorate, or rabbinic ordination preferred; successful experience teaching courses in Jewish Text to students in grades 7-12. Experience in differentiated instruction and working with students with diverse learning needs preferred. 

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to www.cesjds.org/careers Job Code JS700. 

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

For more information, please contact: www.cesjds.org/careers

Posted on
27 October 2014


Junior High teachers needed for math and history. Boys' school
located in Passaic, New Jersey. Positions are Monday-Thursday
afternoons. Experienced only. Education degree preferred. Email
resume to bhykop@gmail.com, or fax 973-778-5697.

For more information, please contact: bhykop@gmail.com

Posted on
27 October 2014


Substitute teachers needed for for our boys' school, Pre 1A -
8th grades, located in Passaic, New Jersey. General Studies
classes are held Monday-Thursday afternoons. Experienced only.
Email resume to bhykop@gmail.com, or fax 973-778-5697.

For more information, please contact: bhykop@gmail.com

Posted on
21 October 2014

Assistant Teacher

Yeshivat Noam is looking for a Full Time 5th Grade Assistant Teacher for immediate opening. Need strong outgoing personality and background in education. Please send resume and cover letter to hiring@yeshivatnoam.org

For more information, please contact: hiring@yeshivatnoam.org

Posted on
20 October 2014

Early Childhood Special Educator

Yeshivat Noam, a Modern Orthodox private school in Paramus,
NJ, is seeking an Early Childhood Special Educator for the
current 2014-15 school year to work as a co-teacher in an
Inclusive Kindergarten classroom. Primary responsibility
will be to support a small group of Kindergarten children
who are demonstrating early signs of Language/Learning

Dual Masters degree and certification in Early Childhood
Education/Special Education (Birth-2nd grade) preferred.
Experience a plus, but recent graduates are welcome.

For more information, please contact: hiring@yeshivatnoam.org

Posted on
01 October 2014

Middle School Science Teacher Grades 6-8 - Immediate Opening

Schechter Westchester is looking for an outstanding middle
school science teacher experienced with grades 6 through 8
and with expertise in teaching earth and life sciences.
Ability to also teach physical science is preferred. The
ideal candidate is:
-Capable of creating dynamic and active lessons that engage
students in content while teaching critical skills
-Committed to scientific experimentation with authentic
real world applications
-Eager to join a professional team of colleagues committed
to the belief that middle school children need both caring
mentors and academically challenging instructors

For more information, please contact: jobs@schechterwestchester.org

Posted on
01 October 2014

4th Grade General Studies Teacher

Jewish Day School in Palm Beach County seeking experienced, creative, innovative full-time Grade 4 General Studies teacher.  Must have at least 3 years experience and a Bachelors Degree

For more information, please contact: resumes2014.15@gmail.com

Posted on
15 September 2014

High School Spanish Teacher - IMMEDATE OPENING

Schechter Westchester is looking for an outstanding High School Spanish teacher. The ideal candidate is capable of creating dynamic lessons at all levels that engage students and enable them to achieve high levels of proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading, while also teaching about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

For more information, please contact: jobs@schechterwestchester.org

Posted on
08 September 2014

Middle School Hebrew Teacher - Maternity Leave Replacement

The Middle School of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School of Manhattan is seeking a Hebrew teacher for grades 6-8 as a maternity leave replacement. Applicants must have a Bachelors Degree and experience teaching Hebrew as a second language. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience teaching students of all levels and abilities and with different learning styles.

‪The Heschel School is a dual curriculum N-12 Jewish community school with families from a range of backgrounds, practices and beliefs. We are dedicated to engaging students in a relationship with the language, culture, land and people of the State of Israel. Applicants are therefore expected to be passionate about language instruction as well as fostering the connection between a diverse student body and the State of Israel.

‪Please send your resume with a cover letter or email explaining your qualifications and interest in the position to Jack Nahmod, Middle School Judaics Head.

For more information, please contact: jackna@heschel.org

Posted on
27 August 2014

Deputy Head of Student Life, Moriah College, Sydney, Australia

Deputy Head of Student Life (7-12) Reporting directly to the Head of Secondary School and with a secondary reporting line to the Dean of Jewish Life and Learning, the purpose of this exciting newly created role is to take responsibility for the holistic growth and development of students in the Secondary School, developing young women and men of character. We seek to develop students with a strong Jewish Identity and values, who are innovative, resilient and empathetic, equipped with the capabilities and attitudes that will enable them to be effective and successful members of the wider community. 

Applications for this position close September 12, 2014

For more information, please contact: sharon@marlowrecruitment.com.au

Posted on
17 November 2014

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Hidden Sparks Without Walls webinar series

Hidden Sparks Without Walls is a free webinar series designed for educators and administrators serving Jewish day schools. Varied course topics are offered to deepen classroom teachers’ pedagogic knowledge and practice and enhance their understanding of learning, behavior and differentiated instruction. A full course listing and registration information is available on the Hidden Sparks website.

For more information, please contact: news@hiddensparks.org

Posted on
29 October 2014

Drisha Talmud series: WHY LEARN TALMUD?

Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-9:00pm:
October 29, November 5 & 12

Each evening will begin at 6:30 with a choice of workshops. 
At 7:15, we will break for tefilat ma'ariv, refreshments, and informal conversation.
At 7:45, we will join together in the beit midrash for a lecture or panel discussion.

We invite educators, rabbis, students, parents, and all interested members of the community to participate in this conversation.

WORKSHOPS - 6:30-7:15pm
(each workshop meets for three weeks)

Existential Dialogue: The Complex Human Spirit of the Talmud
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

Ancient Texts, Modern Lessons
Yaffa Epstein

Archeological Talmud: Digging Deeper
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

What Does the Talmud Say About Talmud? 
Rabbi Jon Kelsen

LECTURES - 7:45-9:00pm

October 29:
Talmud Study as a Religious Practice
Dr. Devora Steinmetz

November 5
The 'Conceptual' Approach to Talmud Study: Where Has It Been, Where Is It Going, and Why Does It Matter?
Professor Chaim Saiman

November 12:
Navigating the Sea of Talmud:
Study, Teaching, and Personal Religious Meaning

Dr. Alyssa Gray, Rabbi Dov Linzer, and Rabbi Ethan Tucker 
in conversation


All sessions meet at Drisha - 37 West 65th Street, 5th floor

For more information on sessions and presenters, visit www.drisha.org.

To pre-register, call 212-595-0307 or email inquiry@drisha.org.

There is no fee for this program.

This event is sponsored by Drisha Institute in partnership with Mechon Hadar, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and Yeshivat Maharat.

For more information, please contact: inquiry@drisha.org

Posted on
29 October 2014

FREE Teq Online PD sessions on November 3

Teq Online PD offers over 50 live and interactive, web-based professional development courses. It focuses on the most important technology integration challenges facing teachers. This online opportunity is perfect for time-strapped teachers who may not be able to attend full- or multi-day sessions. They’ll meet their professional development needs while networking in our collaborative online community.

Start a Teq online PD account for my school -http://www.teq.com/form/online-pd-form.html

- Close Reading in the Classroom Using LightSail

Learn how to leverage your interactive whiteboard to model in-depth reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as the process of gathering textual evidence to support responses to text-based questions.

Have a 1:1 setup? Learn how LightSail, a collaborative eReader app, allows you to layer enrichment materials, assignments, and quizzes directly into the book, article, or document you are reading with your class.

November 3rd • 2:30pm
Register here: teq.com/freePD-ELA

- Best Web Resources for the Math Classroom

Learn how to create a link, and execute an advanced and targeted Google search to find the best web tools for any given math topic. This session will also cover the more advanced ways to link to applications, documents, and videos.

November 3rd • 4pm
Register here: teq.com/freePD-Math

Set up a free trial for your school or give us a call at 877-455-9369 to get started today.

For more information, please contact: www.teq.com

Posted on
09 September 2014

MOFET webinar: How to Innovate the Online Classroom Using Social Media Tools

Lecturer: Dr. Danny Glick
Language: English
Date: Monday, September 15 2014
Time: 22:00 – 23:30 Israel Time

Social media have revolutionized communication, business, and even the way we interact on a day-to-day basis. MOFET International’s Online Academy invites you to join Dr. Danny Glick, Director of Pedagogical Implementation at Edusoft and research fellow at the Center for Futurism in Education at Ben-Gurion University, for an interactive and engaging webinar on how social media tools can be used to innovate the online classroom. 

Participation in the encounter is free of charge, but requires advance registration. 

For more information, please contact: http://mofetinternational.macam.ac.il/itec/Pages/ITECWebinars/webinar-15-09-2014.aspx

Posted on
18 November 2014

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Online Resource Center for Jewish Educators

JTeach.org  is a comprehensive online resource center for Jewish educators. Visit JTeach.org to find new materials to connect learners of all ages with Jewish culture, life and learning. Browse through the 20 different curriculum boxes to find content-rich art projects, source sheets and activities. Discover an expansive selection of innovative resources to build engaging and meaningful lessons. Most projects are adaptable for different age groups and learning styles. New materials are uploaded weekly. Connect with other Jewish educators on our Professional Learning Community.
JTeach.org is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago/Marshall Jewish Learning Center.

For more information, please contact: linda@bjechicago.org

Posted on
17 November 2014

Complimentary Books for Your Classrooms, Koren Publishers

We have heard from a number of educators, professors & school administrators that they have been using two of our newly-published books in their curricula:
(1) “A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates” by Shlomo Brody (see: http://bit.ly/1rB6nsj )
(2) “Holistic Prayer: A Guide to Jewish Spirituality” by Rav Avi Weiss (see: http://bit.ly/UEHsqJ )
You can see the Table of Contents for “A Guide to the Complex” here: http://bit.ly/1pI5EHa and “Holistic Prayer” here:http://bit.ly/1xC759h.

We are offering complimentary review copies to those in the Lookstein community who will consider using these books in their classrooms or as school gifts (bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, etc). Of course, we will offer generous discounts on group purchases.

If you’re interested in receiving a complimentary copy, please email me at pr@korenpub.com with your mailing address.

Yehudit Singer, Koren Publishers/Maggid Books

For more information, please contact: pr@korenpub.com

Posted on
20 October 2014

Beta Bereshit in Art iBooks available from AlHaTorah.org

AlHaTorah.org is pleased to make available to educators beta copies of its Bereshit in Art iBooks, and we would be appreciative of all feedback. To obtain a copy, please contact us at: support@alhatorah.org.

To receive regular updates regarding additional new alhatorah.org resources, please subscribe at: http://alhatorah.org/About:Subscribe.

For more information, please contact: support@alhatorah.org

Posted on
20 October 2014

Free download of "Shabbat Interactive" materials

As a special service for participants in the "Shabbat Project",  Jewish Interactive is providing all the versions of Shabbat Interactive FREE for you to use to teach children ages 6 to 11 about Shabbat.

In addition, we highly recommend to download our "JI Studio" app with the newest addition of "Shabbat Collection" just in time for the "Shabbat Project".

Download details link -


Yisroel Porath 

For more information, please contact: yisroel.porath@gmail.com

Posted on
12 October 2014

Learn Chumash with Rashi and Ramban Each Week

Email LearnRashi@gmail.com (type "subscribe" in the subject line) to receive a weekly list of suggested Rashis from the Parsha on which to focus. Additionally, questions and answers will be provided to test your knowledge of these selected Rashis.

Email LearnRamban@gmail.com (type "subscribe in the subject line) to receive a weekly list of suggested Rambans from the Parsha on which to focus. Additionally, questions and answers will be provided to test your knowledge of some of these selected Rambans.

These services are provided at no charge to you. - Devora Strauch

For more information, please contact: devorastrauch@gmail.com

Posted on
05 October 2014

New MOFET International Jewish education newsletter

See our new MOFET International Jewish education newsletter with items on High Holiday learning resources, teacher education, Hebrew language education, Israel education and much more.


The MOFET Institute | The International Channel

For more information, please contact: reuw@macam.ac.il

Posted on
09 September 2014

New Shemita Guide

Dear Lookjed Community:

I have recently published a short booklet explaining the laws and concepts of Shemita in simple English. I find that for many people (especially those coming from abroad), Shemita is usually confusing, often frightening and sometimes downright overwhelming. I think it’s very sad that Jews can have negative attitudes towards such a beautiful and inspiring mitzva. As educators, we have the opportunity, and also the responsibility, to try to change that. This book is part of my attempt to work towards that objective.

The booklet, entitled The Kosher Consumer’s Guide to Shemita, is available for download from my website, here:http://rabbihaber.net/shemita. Feel free to download and distribute as much as you like. Printed copies can be ordered in bulk, at cost, directly from me.

Shana Tova!
Rabbi Alan Haber

For more information, please contact: ah@rabbihaber.net

Posted on
08 September 2014

Great new documentary for Jewish schools, synagogues and organizations

PatchWorks Films' Havana Curveball just premiered to a packed house at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and received a standing ovation. As the film launches at festivals around the world, we’re making a special offer to Jewish day schools, synagogues, JCCs, Hillels and other organizations, just in time for fall programming and lesson planning.

Havana Curveball tells the story of Mica. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At age 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah. An earnest kid, he takes to heart his Rabbi's requirement to help "heal the world." Mica launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans lack resources and love baseball, and that Cuba gave his grandpa refuge during the Holocaust. On a hunch, his parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba—and the complications of growing up—will throw him a curveball. To learn more about Havana Curveball click here.

“This wonderful documentary is a parable on tzedakah or 'righteous behavior'...ideal viewing for middle and high school students as well as Jewish religious school students and (especially!) their parents. May it fuel a much needed b'nei mitzvah revolution!” - Justine Shapiro, Academy Award nominated filmmaker, PROMISES

“Perfect for a kick-off to a 7th grade Bar Mitzvah year or a 10th grade Confirmation year as students, parents, clergy and teachers look for ways to make the year’s study and culminating life-cycle event more meaningful. It brings up not only the joys of doing something fulfilling…and in the process we learn some Jewish history, especially about refugees from Hitler’s Germany, as well.” - Diane Bernbaum, Former Director, Midrasha

There are many great ways your organization can utilize Havana Curveball, from regular classroom use, to launching a group service project, to creating an opportunity for intergenerational connection. Please visit our website to learn more, view the trailer, see our free classroom/discussion guide and order the DVD.

For more information, please contact: marcia@patchworksfilms.net

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31 August 2014

Free biblical fiction books for teachers and their students

In honor of the release of Ben-Tzion Spitz's new novel, Joshua: Conqueror, the publisher is offering all teachers free copies of Ben-Tzion's books for their classes (while supplies last).

The books being offered are Joshua: Conqueror, a biblical fiction novel set during the Israelite conquest of Canaan; Destiny's Call, Books One and Two, a collection of short fictional stories based on the books of Genesis and Exodus, respectively.

In order to qualify for the free books, please email the author at bentzispitz@gmail.com the following:
- Which book you want.
- Name, address and principal of your school.
- What grade you teach and how many copies you need.
- Outline of how you plan to use the book in your class.

Note: The Destiny's Call series was specifically designed for classroom use and includes Questions for Discussion for each story, to assist the teacher. Joshua: Conqueror is a pure novel, with classic fantasy elements. All the books are for Young Adults.

Links to the books:

Ben-Tzion Spitz

For more information, please contact: bentzispitz@gmail.com

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31 August 2014

New three year Jewish holiday calendar card

Hi Everyone!

I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card which I posted on my website for you to view, download or print.
The address is:

There are two image sizes and an Acrobat PDF file.

For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file.
When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to print margins".

Please share this message. Thank you.

Have a good day,
Jacob Richman 

For more information, please contact: jrichman@jr.co.il

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10 November 2014

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Call for Proposals: HaYidion

RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network is seeking proposals for the spring issue of HaYidion. The issue theme is "God." Articles may address any of the wide range of issues and challenges that schools confront regarding educating about, and cultivating students' relationship with, God. Topics may include the place of God in and out of classrooms; God in tefillah; specific pedagogies, and innovative courses and lessons; issues of inclusivity, gender, secularity, spirituality, and interfaith relations; theology/ies; relationship with God in Jewish identity formation; age-appropriate instruction; challenges and opportunities of Jewish religious pluralism concerning this issue; and more. 

Article topics are open to an area of your interest and research; they must be relevant to Jewish day school education ages pre-K through high school. Articles are typically 1000-2000 words, written in non-academic style (no footnotes) and offering insight and suggestions to school leaders, lay and professional, and educators. Adaptation of material previously published in academic journals or elsewhere is acceptable. Articles promoting a particular product or organization will not be published. If interested, contact Elliott Rabin at erabin@ravsak.org. Submit a brief description of topic only, not a full article. Article deadline is January 19; proposals requested by December 1.

HaYidion: The RAVSAK Journal is published quarterly for distribution to RAVSAK member schools and on a subscription basis. (Previous issues can be accessed at www.ravsak.org/hayidion.) Each issue focuses on a theme of importance to practitioners of Jewish education. The journal publishes articles by a range of authors, including scholars, outside experts, and leading educators in the field of Jewish day schools. Articles provide guidance, information and inspiration to administrators, teachers and lay leaders in Jewish day schools worldwide.

For more information, please contact: erabin@ravsak.org

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20 October 2014

Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Archaeology 2015

Announcement and invitation to the International Conference on Archaeology 2015

Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible 
(Jerusalem, June 2015)

Call for Abstracts: The scientific committee of the conference invites experts to submit abstracts on the conference topics. The list of topics is presented on the conference web-site ARCHAEOLOGYISRAEL

More details on the conference are available on the site. For questions contact desk@archaeologyisrael.com

For more information, please contact: desk@archaeologyisrael.com

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31 August 2014

Call for Papers: HaYidion

RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network is seeking proposals for the winter issue of HaYidion. The issue theme is "Money." Articles may address any of the wide range of issues and challenges that schools confront regarding money. These may include the big items such as sustainability, affordability, and financial aid, especially from people with innovative approaches. Other possible article topics: the big picture / larger trends for day school finance; cultivating funders; foundation support; best practices for boards' fiscal oversight and for audits; foundation support, speaking to parents about money, and more.

Article topics are open to an area of your interest and research; they must be relevant to Jewish day school education ages pre-K through high school. Articles are typically 1000-2000 words, written in non-academic style (no footnotes) and offering insight and suggestions to school leaders, lay and professional, and educators. Adaptation of material previously published in academic journals or elsewhere is acceptable. Articles promoting a particular product or organization will not be published. If interested, contact Elliott Rabin at erabin@ravsak.org. Submit a brief description of topic only, not a full article. Article deadline is October 17; proposals requested by September 8.

HaYidion: The RAVSAK Journal is published quarterly for distribution to RAVSAK member schools and on a subscription basis. (Previous issues can be accessed at www.ravsak.org/hayidion.) Each issue focuses on a theme of importance to practitioners of Jewish education. The journal publishes articles by a range of authors, including scholars, outside experts, and leading educators in the field of Jewish day schools. Articles provide guidance, information and inspiration to administrators, teachers and lay leaders in Jewish day schools worldwide.

For more information, please contact: erabin@ravsak.org

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17 November 2014

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Center for Modern Torah Leadership Rabbis and Educators Colloquium

You are invited to the 2014 Center for Modern Torah Leadership Rabbis and Educators Colloquium:
Pride without Prejudice: Philosophic and Pedagogic Approaches
December 7-8, 2014
Congregation Beth Sholom, 275 Camp St., Providence RI

Can there be pride without prejudice? Modern Orthodox klei kodesh strive to educate simultaneously toward particularistic identification with and love for the Jewish people and toward recognition of thetzelem Elokim in every human being. These goals are in tension with one another. Particularistic identification can lead to devaluation of the non-Jewish other; recognition of the universality of the tzelem can lead to delegitimization of ahavat Yisroel. 

We will develop, share, evaluate, and model pedagogic approaches to this issue through deep study of foundational Torah texts in full awareness and appreciation of disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. Each session will include a formal shiur, case study presentations, and extensive chavruta and moderated group discussion. Engaged participation is expected for all participants, as the colloquium will be made up of active conversations rather than lectures.

Confirmed presenters include: Rabbi Yaakov Bieler, Rabbi Aryeh Klapper, Rabbi David Maayan, Rabbi Eric Grossman, Dr. Shani Bechhofer, Rabbi Zev Eleff, Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Finkelman, and Miriam Gedwiser, Esq.

Specific topics include:

Religious Pluralism in the thought of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Teaching Ethically Difficult Texts
Biblical Attitudes towards Intermarriage
History of American Orthodox Rhetoric
Gender and Hierarchy....and more!

If you are able to attend or have any questions about the event, please reply to Brauna Doidge, bdoidge@torahleadership.org
Registration is extremely limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you can attend. There is a registration fee of $36. Some travel subsidies are still available.

For more information, please contact: bdoidge@torahleadership.org

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17 November 2014

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Jewish Education Innovation Challenge grants

The Mayberg Family Foundation announced today the third year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America.

During the past two years JEIC has funded and researched four new models for Jewish education created by talented educators, enabling them to field test paradigm shifting programs in Jewish day schools. JEIC provides $50,000, along with research and consulting services to give grantees optimal chances for success and to glean lessons for other innovators to build upon. 

The grant program is structured in three phases, with the first step being the completion of a short Letter of Intent. Applicants invited to write a full proposal are given a $1000 grant upon turning it in. A larger grant is given to those who make it to the third and final round, and the full $50,000 grant will be given to up to six winners. The Challenge is open to any Jewish middle school or high school, regardless of denomination.

JEIC searches for programs that share our values, including: 
• Challenging students assumptions about Judaism in a respectful way
• Development of Hashem-centered students
• Helping to form Jewish identity
• Deep thinking about Judaic texts and ideas
• Connection of Judaism with emotional memory and sacred habits
• Programs that create a Jewish context for resilience and adaptability
• Programs that move student’s locus of control from outside to inside
• Programs that transforms students over the span of the year in a way that students and teachers recognize
• Ways to engage students that sustains the engagement over time
• Sufficient time on task (must meet at least four times a week for 45 minutes or more each time)
LOIs are due no later than Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.For detailed information about the JEIC and how to secure funding, visit www.jewishchallenge.org or write to rabbifeld@jewishchallenge.org.

The Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) is a grantmaking initiative designed to disrupt complacency and encourage innovation in Jewish day school education. By rewarding and collaborating with talented innovators, JEIC seeks to improve the way Jewish values, literacy, practice and belief are transferred to the next generation. The project's ultimate success will be the creation and implementation of revolutionary, practical educational models that are sustainable, accountable and scalable.

The Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation is a grantmaking family foundation with a high impact, entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy. Trustees Louis and Manette Mayberg serve on a variety of boards and are deeply involved in many issues and initiatives impacting how future generations will sustain Jewish values, literacy, practice and belief. Giving priorities include Jewish outreach and Jewish education.

For more information, please contact: rabbifeld@jewishchallenge.org

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29 October 2014

The Atid Day School Innovation Challenge is now open

The Atid Day School Innovation Challenge is the first step in a long-term initiative to spread innovation throughout the Jewish day school system. The challenge is designed to highlight and share the work of specific teachers (or small teams of up to 4) who have implemented successful innovations in their classrooms.

Atid is open for submissions from October 19th to November 30th, followed by a month of open online voting and judging by a panel of experts. To enter, simply create a 30-second video clip explaining your idea, which you'll submit along with a quick form where you explain how to replicate it. Check out the instructions and get inspired by current entries at atidchallenge.strutta.com

Six incentives of $250 will be randomly distributed to entrants during the submission period, and 12 incentives of $50 will be randomly distributed to voters during voting. At the conclusion of voting and judging, eight entrants will be honored with the Atid Award, a $1000.00 prize. We will continue the momentum with a Hackathon event open to all teachers in the NYC metropolitan area, slated for Spring 2015.

Questions? Contact emilywinograd@presentense.org

For more information, please contact: emilywinograd@presentense.org

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05 November 2014

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An invitation: Teach and Learn on the Global Day of Jewish Learning

The Global Day of Jewish Learning – Sunday, November 16 - is a once-a-year opportunity to unite with hundreds of Jewish communities around the globe through learning our shared texts.
Join Jews in six continents as we study Jewish texts relating to this year's theme: “Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book”.

Global Day provides ready-made lesson plans for adult, middle-school, elementary, and very young learners (in partnership with PJ Library).

Teach as part of the Global Day by organizing a learning session in your community. This is an incredible chance to practice your skill of facilitation as you create a meaningful experience for your learners - one which will be shared with Jews around the world. Click here to register your Global Day event and download the curriculum, marketing materials and other resources- all free of charge.

And/or learn yourself!
• Attend a Global Day event near you. Click here to view the 2014 Global Day map.
• Tune in to 24x24- our live internet broadcast of Jewish learning from around the globe. Speakers will include Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, MK Dr. Ruth Calderon, R. Elie Kaunfer, Judy Klitsner, R. Asher Lopatin, Sarah Lefton, Alicia Jo Rabins, R. David Silber, and many more. You’ll be able to watch at www.theglobalday.org/24x24. Visit now to check out the schedule and speaker bios, and to pledge to watch.

Questions? Comments? Please contact Global Day’s Community Coordinator, Amalia Ritter at amalia@theglobalday.org or 212-840-1166.

For more information, please contact: amalia@theglobalday.org

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05 October 2014

Holocaust Education – school visits from Yad VaShem educator

Anyone interested in having an experienced senior educator from Yad VaShem visit with your school's teachers to learn the Yad VaShem philosophy of teaching the Holocaust to elementary, middle school and high school students, is encouraged to contact:


I had the honor and privilege of meeting Lea this summer while participating in a ten day Seminar for Jewish educators at Yad VaShem and can tell you that she is truly an extraordinary educator with very profound understandings of the challenges in teaching and learning the Holocaust --facing both teachers and their students. Lea will be in the NYC area during November from approximately the 16th to the 23rd.

There is no charge, cost or fees whatsoever for this service. It is part of the Yad VaShem mission to ensure quality Holocaust education for future generations.


Avrom Miller

For more information, please contact: Lea.Roshkovsky@yadvashem.org.il

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05 October 2014

Gush Remote, a long-distance chavruta service from Yeshivat Har Etzion

Yeshivat Har Etzion is proud to announce Gush Remote, a new long-distance chavruta service in which you can learn with a Gush Kollel fellow via Skype, PolyCom, or Google Chat.

This will be a great way to start or refresh your relationship to the yeshiva while tapping into the tremendous resource that is the Yeshivat Har Etzion Kollel.

This is an opportunity to have a high-level chavruta to tackle some iyun or bekiut learning, or to learn an obscure masekhet that you always wanted to learn but couldn’t find an appropriate chavruta. You can also learn an area of Tanakh, halakha, or machshava that you want to delve into with a chavruta.

This is your chance to have a consistent chavruta before work, during your lunch break, or on weekends.

Why not take advantage of this offer today?

Chavrutot can be in English or Hebrew. Women: There is also an option to learn with the women in the Migdal Oz advanced Talmud study program.

Feel free to share this offer with relatives, friends, and colleagues.

Contact Yonatan Shai Freedman at YFreedman@etzion.org.il to arrange the logistics of your chavruta and to find you an appropriate chavruta for your schedule and what you want to learn.

For more information, please contact: YFreedman@etzion.org.il

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14 September 2014

Information for 2015 US Chidon HaTanach

School registration is now open for the 2014-2015 US Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest) for American middle schools and high schools (both day schools and afterschool programs). 

This contest tests factual knowledge of specific books of Tanach. This year, we will be studying Shemot, Shmuel Alef, Esther, and Yonah (and additional selections from Trei Asar for high school students). Students in yeshivot and most Jewish Day School students are tested in Hebrew, while students who do not attend Jeiwsh Day School are tested with the NJPS English translation. Jewish Day Schools with limited Hebrew textual study may request permission to participate in English. 
Full information is available here. 

If you would like to register your school, please fill out the online registration form at http://tinyurl.com/Chidon2015Registration

Please register by the end of October. 

If you are unfamiliar with the style and level of US Chidon tests, old Chidon exams are available on our website.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Rabbi Ezra Frazer 
Coordinator, US National Bible Contest 
633 Third Avenue—21st Floor, New York, NY 10017 
(212) 339-6042 [Fridays] 
FAX: (212) 339-6042 [all week] 

For more information, please contact: ezrafrazer@gmail.com

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14 September 2014

Tikvah Overseas Seminars

The Tikvah Overseas Seminars (TOS) for yeshiva, midrasha, and other post-high students in Israel is currently accepting nominations and applications for its fifth cohort of students. TOS is a unique opportunity for a select group of 30 students to engage in dialogue with leading Israel activists, rabbis, and intellectuals about central issues relating to philosophical and moral dilemmas facing Israeli society, the Jewish people, and the broader world. Scheduled speakers include Ruth Gavison, Daniel Gordis, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Gil Troy, Tova Ganzel, Rabbi David Stav, Micah Goodman, Yoram Hazony, Joshua Berman, and other leading figures. This year's program will be centered around two themes, "Jewish Ideals & Current Dilemmas in Contemporary Zionism" and "Political Philosophy and Biblical Values."

The program, which is fully sponsored by the Tikvah Fund, meets on Fridays and Shabbatot to avoid conflicts with yeshiva and midrasha schedules. If you know of intelligent and self-motivated students in Israel who would thrive on such a program, please send them a link to our new website, www.TikvahOverseas.org, or nominate them by contacting the program director, Rabbi Shlomo Brody.

For more information, please contact: brody@tikvahfund.org

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09 September 2014

Sparks of Eternity - a new vista in Jewish gaming

Your members may be interested in the following, free, Jewish text learning game - Sparks of Eternity. It is great for students to play alone, but in the hands of a skilled educator there are many learning opportunities (visit the website for lesson plans and ideas).

Our school is investigating how gaming enhances class learning and we'd appreciate any real life experiences of the game, as well as general feedback.

Kol tuv

Sparks of Eternity
Developed by Frankel Jewish Academy through the generous support of the William Davidson Foundation.

Discover the exciting world of Rabbinic Sages at one of the most terrifying times of the Jews - the destruction of the second Temple.
* Avoid the Jewish militants who seized control of Jerusalem.
* Help Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai breakthrough the blockade.
* Preserve the precious teaching of the Rabbis before they are lost.
* Negotiate with the evil Vespasian who is besieging the city!
* Reveal you own inner power, collect sparks, and ensure Judaism survives.

This adventure explores the texts and traditions of the Jewish people. It is perfect for individual enjoyment or for engaging a classroom of students.
Special educational features include:
EDU-CODES: for educators to replay key dialogues with students.
GLOSSARY: for key Hebrew terms.
BIOGRAPHIES: for key characters in the game.
WEB-SITE: http://www.sparksofeternity.com for support materials to further enhance the game.

For the iPad version on the App Store Click here 
For the Windows download Click here 
For the Mac download Click here 

Rabbi Reuven Margrett
Minyan Coordinator, Rabbinics Instructor & Special Projects

For more information, please contact: rmargrett@frankelja.org

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02 September 2014

Global Day of Jewish Learning

Join a once-a-year opportunity to unite your community with hundreds of communities worldwide   through study of our shared texts. The Global Day of Jewish Learning  is Sunday, November 16th, 2014. This year’s theme is Heroes, Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book. Participating in The Global Day is an easy way to offer a dynamic learning event that will create connections within your community, and connect your community with the world, answering Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s call to “let my people know”.

The Global Day Curriculum  is now available and comes ready-to-use with a facilitator’s guide, sourcesheets, and sessions for all ages. In addition, we provide a video class by Rabbi Steinsaltz and live online learning ("24x24 ") with leading Jewish educators from all over the world, plus marketing materials and a community resource guidebook to help you publicize and plan your event. All resources are provided free of charge to registered communities.

To get started, mark Sunday, November 16, 2014 on your community events calendar, then take two minutes to complete the registration at www.theglobalday.org/register  .

Questions? Contact Global Day Project Director Karen Sponder at212-840-1166 or karen@theglobalday.org .

For inspiration, check out the Global Day film !

For more information, please contact: karen@theglobalday.org

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02 September 2014

Areyvut: Upcoming Israel Fairs in the Greater NY area

Areyvut  is helping to organize organizing Israel Fairs featuring 30 vendors from the South. They will be held on:

September 7- Lincoln Square Synagogue- 11 am- 7 pm
September 8- Solomon Schechter Westchester Lower School- 6-10 pm
September 9- Keter Torah- 5-9 pm
September 10- JCC Staten Island- 5-9 pm
September 11- HANC Early Childhood Center- 4:30-10:30 pm
September 14- HAFTR Middle School- 9:30 am- 3 pm
September 15- Young Israel of Borough Park – 4-9 pm

Please come and show your support.

Daniel Rothner daniel@areyvut.org
Founder & Director
Areyvut, Inc.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

For more information, please contact: daniel@areyvut.org

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31 August 2014

Shabbat program focusing on Accessibility and Sensitivity developed byMakom LeKulam

Makom LeKulam: A Place For All" works to promote an accessible society through a young leadership program of national service. Participants of the leadership program, themselves challenged with disabilities, run workshops on accessibility and inclusion in schools in the community. We believe that accessibility is not limited to people with disabilities, but describes a language and a way of life. 

Two principles underscore our workshops and programs. The first is a view of the world through the eyes of one's fellow human being. The second is openness to learning and receiving from everyone. Biblical verses and Rabbinic teachings stress the importance of these ideas. Examples include: “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord” (Lev 19:14). "Who is wise? He who learns from every person." "Who is respectable? He who respects others." (Avot 4:1). Perhaps the most far-reaching declaration is, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18). Rabbi Akiva contends that a major tenet of Torah is seeing the world through the eyes of the other, taking into account his/her needs the way you would want yours acknowledged. Ben Azzai suggests that the major tenet is found in the verse, “This is the book of the descendants of Adam.” Perhaps his interpretation reinforces the idea of seeing every person as an open book with a unique narrative comprised of both abilities and challenges.

Parshat Ki Tezei contains more mitzvot than any other Torah portion. Sefer HaChinuch lists 74 mitzvot – 27 positive commandments and 47 prohibitions. There are mitzvot between man and G-d, and mitzvot between man and man. The diversity of mitzvot is singularly impressive and affords us the opportunity to delve into the deeper meaning of the mitzvot. Ki Tezei includes laws pertaining to war, family, nature, and social justice. The laws and the mitzvot are infused with a profound understanding of accessibility and sensibility.

This year, Parshat Ki Tezei falls on Sept 6/11 Elul, the month of teshuva. We invite you to join in a unique Shabbat experience--a Shabbat of Ahava L’Re'echa U’makom L’Kulam. Our four suggestions at this time: a keynote speaker; a family beit midrash; a Shabbaton with another community or congregation; a committee to make the Beit Haknesset accessible.

Please contact us for the handbook that has been prepared for this Shabbat.

Every congregation will tailor the Shabbat to their community. We are sending you a handbook with a variety of ideas. Yehi razon that this Shabbat will enhance our awareness, and strengthen our commitment to one another.

We invite you to share with us your experiences from this special Shabbat:

Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy 
Founder of the Tanach Program at Matan: Machon Torani L'Nashim, Jerusalem

Nechama Cohen nechama@mlekulam.org.il
Director of "Makom L'Kulam: A Place For All"

For more information, please contact: nechama@mlekulam.org.il

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10 November 2014

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First-ever US Chidon National Finals for Adults to Take Place Thanksgiving Weekend

Free tickets are available for the national championship of Chidon Tanach (Bible Contest) for Adults. In this contest, a dozen Jewish adults from across the US will compete for the opportunity to represent the US in the next International Chidon for Adults.

This is the first time that a national Bible championship for adults is taking place outside of Israel. In addition to the Bible competition, the event will include a musical performance and remarks by the consul-general of Israel in New York.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 30, 2014/8 Kislev 5775 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
2 PM at West Side Institutional Synagogue
120 West 76th St., New York, NY 10023

The event will be streamed by the Jewish Broadcasting Service (Shalom TV) and is thus accessible to a wide audience in the United States. The segment relating to the quiz will be streamed directly to Israel as well.

Tickets are free, but you must register in advance. Please sign up for tickets at http://azm.org/bible-contest

The event is sponsored and organized by the World Zionist Organization.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, please contact: ezrafrazer@gmail.com

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06 November 2014

Day School Leadership Training Institute Application Now Available

Applications for the next cohort of the Day School
Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) are now available.
Visit our website to learn more about this professional
leadership training program for Day School Heads of School
or aspiring Heads of School:

For more information, please contact: jasilverman@jtsa.edu

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29 October 2014

Upcoming Halacha Education Center programming

The Halacha Education Center was established by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, Rabbi of the Alon Shvut South community, Ra"m at Yeshivat Har Etzion and a world renowned "Posek". The Center's goals include making the world of Torah and Halacha accessible to all segments of the Jewish people – to Jews of all ages, with varying levels of knowledge and commitment, in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rav Rimon is the head of the Responsa Center - "Beit Hora'a" which contains Rabbis who answer complex halachic questions with great expertise and a unique approach from laymen and Rabbis across the globe.

International Judaic Studies Program-Our series “From the Source; With Spirit”, was prepared specifically for the needs of English speaking High School students. After piloting the program during the 2013-2014 school year, we made it available to other schools for the 2014-5 school year. We were pleasantly surprised by the interest, as more than ten schools across the United States ordered the curriculum and have begun its instruction for over one thousand students.

Rav Rimon will be visiting the K.I.N.S congregation of Chicago on the Shabbat of November 1st Shabbat Parashat "lech lecha" 

1. Friday Night: Oneg - 8:30pm - When Halacha meets Reality: Shemita in the Modern World. 
2. Shabbat Morning - Early Minyan 
a. Otzar Beit Din - How it Works.
b. Drasha before Musaf - Yishuv Eretz Yisrael in the 21st Century
Shabbat Shiur: 4:15p - Visiting Eretz Yisrael During Shemita – What Do We Do? 
Family Seudah Shlishit (following the 5:20 mincha) - The Values of Shemita in our Modern Reality 
For More Information Contact the Synagogue Office at 773.761.4000

New York:
Shiur at YU on Sunday Nov 9 at 10:30am- hilchot Shemita

Shiur at Easthill Synagogue on Sunday Nov 9 at 7:00pm - “how to teach Halacha to teens” For more information (201) 569-4008

Shiur with Torah in Motion at Or Chaim Yeshiva on Wednesday Nov 12 at 8:00pm – How to Observe Shemita & Why it matters.

For more information, please contact: rimonim613@gmail.com

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10 September 2014

School Psychologist

Yeshivah of Flatbush Elementary School has an immediate
opening for a full time school psychologist. Experience
preferred. Please email resume and references to

For more information, please contact: Lwaide@flatbush.org


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