The following bootcamp is being offered for classroom teachers in Jewish schools at a subsidized rate.
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Virtual Bootcamp: The Essentials of Jewish History Instruction

Presented by: Naomi Schrager and Jeremy Spierer

Memory is a critical part of our tradition, and also a powerful educational force as it provides an emotional, personal connection to the past. The academic study of history, on the other hand, is the reconstruction of the past based on factual evidence and primary sources. This bootcamp explores the relationship between memory and history, best practices in Jewish history instruction, and student-centered approaches. Hands-on workshops make up the bulk of the training program and give teachers the skills and tools they need in order to teach Jewish history in an engaging and creative way. 

    • Small group sessions
    • Workshop/Hevruta
    • Reflection and application
    • LMS access with additional resources

Important Information

Participants: 7-12 grade Jewish history teachers

Time Commitment: This is a 13-hour bootcamp consisting of one 2.5 hour seminar and seven 1.5 hour workshops. Participants will be expected to participate in discussion boards and reflection opportunities in between sessions.  

Sunday, February 20th 10:30 – 1:00 EST
Wednesday, February 23rd 12:00 – 1:30 EST
Wednesday, March 2nd 12:00 – 1:30 EST
Thursday, March 3rd 12:00 – 1:30 EST
Sunday, March 20th 10:30 – 12:00 EST
Wednesday, March 23rd 12:00 – 1:30 EST
Wednesday, March 30th 12:00 – 1:30 EST
Thursday, March 31 12:00 – 1:30 EST

Price: $350, Lookstein Center Members receive 10% off. To check your membership status, or to receive your coupon code if you did not receive it, please write to us at


Bootcamp Calendar

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Bootcamp Facilitators:

This bootcamp is facilitated by members of The Lookstein Center staff.

Naomi Schrager

Naomi Schrager

Director of Education, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

Naomi Schrager is a veteran Jewish educator with more than two decades of experience in classroom instruction, informal education programming, and administration, and currently serves as Director of Education for Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy. A long-time history lover, she has developed Jewish history curricula, designed and facilitated Professional Development in Jewish history instruction, and supervised its teaching in multiple classrooms, in multiple Jewish day schools. Since making aliyah, Naomi enjoys wandering the land where our national past and present intersect and watching her kids climb and play on antiquities.

Jeremy Spierer

Jeremy Spierer

Director of Faculty Development, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

Jeremy Spierer is a veteran high school and post-high school teacher of Jewish studies in day schools and summer camps, including at SAR High School and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School. Jeremy also has extensive experience as an online teacher and as a teacher mentor. He has Semicha, a Master’s Degree in Bible, and a Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University, and is a graduate of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Jeremy is responsible for the mentorship and professional development of the instructional staff of The Lookstein Center's online school, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.