From the Jim Joseph Foundation

Timely Resources in Response to COVID-19

March 24th, 2020

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

With Summer in Mind:

  • In partnership with BBYO, Hillels across the country are offering live, behind-the-scenes access to their schools.
  • The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative is running a “virtual college road trip” in June, with student-led “college tours, information sessions with college administrators and onsite Hillel reps with real insights on Jewish campus life, Q&A discussions, workshops, relevant articles and more.

For Teaching and Engaging Youth:

  • The Jewish Education Project’s new 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 NewRealityResources.com to aggregate timely content and offerings for Jewish youth professionals and educators who work with Jewish teens.
  • Pardes‘ online Adult Educators Bootcamp, June 21 – July 2, will explore the art of crafting and facilitating an interactive text study.
  • 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.