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JEWISH EDUCATOR AWARDS
The Jewish Educator Awards provide K-12 education professionals
involved in the Jewish and secular education of BJE-affiliated
day schools of Greater Los Angeles with public recognition and
a significant financial prize.
Rabbi Hoff's Torah WebQuests|
A webpage with links to a variety of webquests for use in the
Judaic Studies classroom.
The Virtual Resource Center at Lookstein.org
Provides curricula and facilitates interaction between Jewish educators worldwide.
Includes the archives of the LookJed Digest, a bulletin board of announcements,
the Educators' Forum, a database of North American Jewish day schools, and more.
The HelpDesk does database searches and finds resources on the Internet or in
libraries in response to questions from Jewish educators.
Snunit - The Center for the Advance of Web-Based Learning
"The world's largest Hebrew language portal, widely considered the best educational
site in Israel." Includes dozens of sites on many educational subjects -- not
just Judaic. Also creates programs using educational technology.
JESNA's Berman Center
"The central information resource on Jewish educational research and evaluation."
The site includes several research reports, handbooks for planning initiatives
in Jewish renaissance and renewal, and newsletters of the Network for Research
in Jewish Education. There are also four program banks (to which ATID has
separate links below).
Resource Center of JSkyway
An annotated list of sites for Jewish educators. You can search by age, subject,
or specialty (developmental issues and adolescence, integrating Jewish and general
studies, models of assessment, skills for effective teaching, skills for teaching
Jewish texts, or technology in the classroom).
DataJEM: The Database of Jewish Educational Materials
Profiles of thousands of offline materials (books, films, computer software, games,
websites, posters, maps and journals). You can search by subject, material type,
age group, and language. Each entry includes educational objectives, notes on
use, and the option of writing your own comment.
The Creative Learning Pavilion (of Torah Umesorah)
"The world's largest database of materials created by Torah educators." Although
searching is available to all, to access the resources you need to register with
their Chinuch Resource Network (CRN) Directory of Torah educators. Registered
users can also access several moderated Message Boards and search the CRN.
Several "schoolrooms" offer tips, projects and materials in specific areas. You
can search the database by grade, language, contributor or format; or you can
browse by topic (Holidays, Eretz Yisrael, Administration, Jewish History, Torah
She'b'al Peh, Hebrew, Pre-School, Shabbos, Special Education, Kiruv, Tanach,
Techniques/Programs/Incentives, and Yahadus). There are also several Parsha Page
collections from teachers, and even a free font (on the screen savers page). Most
of the material is in PDF form, so you'll need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Torah Umesorah Directory of Yeshiva High Schools
The standard listing of Yeshiva High Schools in the United States and Canada is now
searchable by state, gender, and whether a school accepts boarders. Results appear
in PDF form, so you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Jewish Job Finder
"The first-ever comprehensive web resource for job seekers and employers in the
CURRICULA AND ARTICLES
|Educational Resources of Lookstein.org
A collection including lesson plans as well as sites about heterogeneous
instruction, curriculum integration, and the role of the elementary school
in coping with stress from emergency situations.
|Materials at Lookstein.org
Dozens of unsorted teacher guides, curricula, educational articles, and schools'
|Chinukh (at Da'at)
A collection of over 50 Hebrew articles on education.
|Jewish Educators' Electronic Toolkit
"A broad range of information, materials, and curricular guides to help Jewish
educators use media and technology more extensively and effectively in their
work. More specifically, the Toolkit can help Jewish educators understand the
potential of the Internet for Jewish education."
Features "Resources for Integrating Media and Technology into Educational Settings,
"an annotated list of sites both Jewish and general, divided by category (e.g.,
Copyright and Internet Ethics, Technology In Action). Also offers several
publications about educational technology, lessons from the field, and sample
|The Jewish Early Childhood Educators' Electronic Toolkit
"Designed to bring together a broad range of Judaic and general education
curricular materials, activities, and resources for the professional development
of early childhood educators in Jewish settings.
|Jewish Early Childhood Educators' Exchange
Mostly sections on teaching the Jewish holidays on the early childhood level.
"Teachers' Exchange" includes holiday ideas from other teachers. "Teacher
Resources" includes links to general EC sites.
|Rabbi Pittinsky's 9T2 Gemara Page
An Introduction to Talmud, from a rebbe at Frisch.
|Early Childhood Educators (Jewish Holidays)
Teaching Jewish holidays at the early childhood level. Click on "Previous Themes" for the full holiday list.
|Eileen's Favorite Camp Crafts and Other Fun Things
Dozens of general crafts and Jewish crafts, in several categories.
|Kipa Magazine, Chinukh Section
Hebrew articles on chinukh, from Maaleh (Religious Zionist Group). One
subsection is on chinukh in the parashah, and one is educational approaches --
This "Virtual Center of Programs and Resources" has two sections: Morim
(educators) and Madrichim (counselors). In each section, you can browse their
educational programs by age group, program type, and thematic field. To access
the programs, you need to login.
|Resource Library for Ethical Education
Curricula and discussion guides on a dozen Jewish ethics topics (e.g., Honesty
and Integrity, Materialism and Modesty, and People with Disabilities).
|"How To" Publications
The BJE of San Francisco puts out a how-to publication for families each year.
Topics include Heroes, Alef-Bet, Rosh Hodesh, Tu B'Shvat, and Havdalah.
|Online Resources from the Battat Center (BJE of San Francisco)
There are links to lesson plans, by subject, as well as links to curriculum banks.
|Games, by Shira Smiles
A list of educational games.
|Databank of Community Jewish Continuity Programs
Descriptions and contact information for dozens of programs.
|Inventory of Noteworthy Jewish Identity Programs of National Organizations
Each program is described with contact information.
|Canadian Continuity Information Bank
"An annotated index of Jewish continuity programs and resources" in Canada.
|Databank of Community-Based Synagogue Change Initiatives
Descriptions of initiatives in which "synagogues embarked on campaigns to
transform themselves from merely a house of prayer to embracing and inspiring
|Virtual Field Trips
Dozens of links to sites that offer online "tours" -- e.g., the Temple Mount,
Anne Frank's house, and Ellis Island. A guide to incorporating a virtual field
trip into your teaching starts at http://www.jecc.org/edres/medtech/vft/home.htm.
|Jewish Digital Literacy for Educators
Several pages to help integrate the internet into Judaic Studies. Includes a
basic "ABC’s Of Jewish Web Site Design" and "Designing Exemplary Class Web Sites."
"Provides a pool of innovative educational materials to teachers and educators around the world at no charge."
Includes several pictorial series with black-and-white illustrations (Pirkei Avot, Birkas Hamazon, How to Keep Shabbat, Eishet Chayil, Laws of the Day, Iggeret HaRamban, and Shmirat
This attempt at synthesis -- "psychology that uses Torah" -- includes several
articles, including one entitled "The Differences Between Jewish Education and
Education That Is Jewish.
|Learning Activities (from the BJE of Chicago)
A few dozen lesson plans, searchable by subject and grade.
|Great Jewish Books for Kids (and Adults, too!)
Annotated booklists for kids. Besides the large list for kids, there are several
other lists, including books for children about death, about the Holocaust, and
|Shema Yisrael Torah Network Teacher's Exchange
A little educational material for "Rebbeim and Morahs."
Online professional development courses and workshops for teachers. Some courses are
subsidized. You can "take classes from experts around the world, participate in
professional development networks, engage in collaborative curriculum development and
testing, and involve students in interactive and multi-site educational projects using
the most advanced communications technology."
|Jewish Interactive Studies
"Structured Jewish learning for Jewish adults. Over 2000 students registered
worldwide." They offer on-line courses in quarterly semesters, lasting 4 to 9 weeks.
Most are free.
|Hebrew College Online
They offer courses for graduate or undergraduate credit. The tuition is several
hundred dollars a course (without credit, and triple that for credit)."
This page tells about the ATID Fellows and how to apply.
|Guide to Academic Programs in Formal and Informal Jewish Education
Separate pages describe each North American degree program in Jewish Education or Jewish
|The Mandel School
Training in Jerusalem of senior professional leaders for education and public service.
Includes School for Educational Leadership (for Israel) and Jerusalem Fellows
(for around the world).
|Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute
"The largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world... More than 17,000
adult learners have completed the Mini-School's two-year core curriculum" in 60 schools
around the world. "Customized Mini-Schools have been developed for Jewish professionals,
teachers in nursery, supplementary and day schools and lay leaders."
|Machon L'Morim Bereshit
A multi-year, professional development school change initiative for early childhood
educators. "Transform pre-school teachers into Jewish early childhood educators and
classrooms into Jewish kehillot."
|Torah Educational Software
"Largest distributor of Jewish software, Hebrew language and Bible software." Products
include Bar-Ilan Responsa, Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM, and the Dagesh Pro word
"First in Judaic software." Products include the DavkaGraphics collections, Soncino
Talmud and Midrash, and the DavkaWriter word processor.
|Ma'agarei Meida Toraniim
Hebrew CD-Roms include Otzar Hahalacha Vehaminhag, Nehorai: HaMafte'ach HaHilchati
HaMemuchshav, Kitvei Chabad, Kitvei Rav Nachman MiBreslov, and Kitvei Rav Kook.
A computer-based Gemara learning and teaching tool.
Lots of Jewish Shareware and Freeware for PalmPilots.