From the Jim Joseph Foundation

Timely Resources to Meet the Moment

June 29th, 2020

These resources are geared primarily toward educators and other professionals in the field to support their work and leadership during this challenging time.

Resources to facilitate conversations and prompt actions regarding race and equality are available from the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, The Jewish Education Project, Repair the World, Moishe House, Moving Traditions, Prizmah, and PJ Library.

For Self-Care:

With Summer and Fall Planning in Mind:

For Teaching and Engaging Youth:

  • The Jewish Education Project’s webcast, Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education with David Bryfman, hosts a different educator or education leader each week to explore what Jewish education is like today and what it may look like post-pandemic.
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has a resource guide with tips and best practices for “Teaching in Relationship Online.”
  • The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative (FC) launched “Collective Compassion,” a new Jewish teen wellness website with resources for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, with a particular focus on support during the pandemic. The FC also launched to aggregate timely content and offerings for Jewish youth professionals and educators who work with Jewish teens.
  • The iCenter offers materials and links to live experiences to help educators continue Israel education.
  • The Jewish New Teacher Project has a list of free ed-tech resources for schools that have moved to online learning and ‘low-tech’ ideas for home learning.
  • Facing History and Ourselves has “readings and resources to start important conversations with your students about the coronavirus outbreak, and to explore questions about community, responsibility, decision-making and upstanding that are relevant in this moment.”
  • CASJE has curated a set of resources that look at how changes as a result of COVID-19 are testing education in a variety of settings, including K-12 schooling, after-school learning, early childhood education, and higher education.
  • The Jewish Education Project and Prizmah each offer webinar recordings and other resources for educators and leaders on communications, support systems, and online education and engagement.
  • Torrey Trust, Ph.D. at University of Massachusetts Amherst has a presentation available on “Teaching Remotely in Times of Need.”
  • Moving Traditions has a thoughtful “Blessing for B’nai Mitzvah Impacted by the Coronavirus.”

Leadership and Other General Resources:

  • Leading Edge has resources to help professionals at all career levels and in different positions approach “the challenges of work under quarantine, arranged by some questions we’ve been hearing a lot lately.”
  • JPRO offers new Masterclasses within its ongoing webinar series to address current issues facing professionals and their organizations.
  • Jewish Funders Network Resources Hub offers many helpful and timely resources by category.
  • Jewish Federations of North America offers webinar recordings and resources to help nonprofits navigate the loan application process through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits is hosting a number of webinars on board-related topics.
  • The Center for Creative Leadership has “Leadership Resources for Times of Crisis.”
  • BBYO and Hillel each launched comprehensive online platforms to help teens and college students, respectively, continue to engage in Jewish community and learning.