The following bootcamp is being offered for classroom teachers in Jewish schools at a subsidized rate.
Other organizations, please email us at pd_inquiries@lookstein.org.

Virtual Bootcamp: Facilitating Student-Centered Text Study

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. Bootcamp participants will learn and explore different approaches to teaching vocabulary, textual analysis, parshanut, and inquiry based learning.

Participants will have opportunities to network and collaborate with peers in the field, and will also have individual workshop time with the series presenters.

    • Small group sessions
    • Workshop/Hevruta
    • Reflection and application
    • Coaching

Important Information

Participants: 7-12 grade Jewish day school text (Tanakh and Talmud/Rabbinics) teachers

Schedule: This is a 10-hour bootcamp consisting of eight sessions. 

Registration is now closed. Complete the form below if you would like to be notified about future cohorts. 

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Bootcamp Facilitators:

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

Zvi Grumet

Zvi Grumet

Director of Education

Rabbi Dr. Grumet is a master Bible teacher and educator. His books include Genesis: From Creation to Covenant (Maggid Press) and Moses and the Path to Leadership (Urim Publishing), and he is Senior Editor of the Koren Lev Ladaat Humash (Koren). He is recognized internationally for expertise in teacher training and professional development, has 25+ years’ experience leading and coaching teachers in Jewish studies classrooms, and oversees the professional development programs of The Lookstein Center.

Naomi Schrager

Naomi Schrager

Director of Education, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

Naomi Schrager has worked as a Jewish studies teacher for two decades, and ultimately served as an Assistant Principal at Yavneh Academy of Dallas before making Aliyah to Israel. Naomi completed Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies while pursuing her Master's degree at Azrieli Graduate School of Education. She oversees course implementation and instruction at The Lookstein Center's online school, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

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.