The Lookstein Center, based at Bar-Ilan University, was launched thirty years ago through a modest, one-time gift honoring the late Rabbi Dr. Joseph H. Lookstein – former Chancellor of Bar-Ilan University and spiritual leader of Kehillat Jeshurun of New York City, as well as founder of the Ramaz School. Rabbi Lookstein was a pioneer in viewing and promoting Jewish education as the key to a vibrant Jewish future.
From its base in Israel, Lookstein projects currently include professional development and leadership training programs, curriculum, an ever-expanding body of sharing and learning options both online in real-time as well as on-site, and professional publications. Communities in North America, England, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union have participated in the programs and been enriched as a result.
By developing and implementing programs that encourage ongoing professional growth among Jewish educators, The Lookstein Center is strengthening Jewish schools and other educational environments, and particularly the professionals who lead and teach in them. A non-denominational organization that draws on the expertise of academics and practitioners from all streams of Judaism, The Lookstein Center supports educators, and the students they lead, by linking educational theory to its practical application, and has created pioneering models of teacher-to-teacher communication.
Some of our current and past programs:
and of course, Lookstein.org, launched in 1998 to address two major needs in Jewish education: the need of Jewish educators to engage in ongoing and substantive reflection and discussion, and the need for access to quality curricular and instructional materials.
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