From the Jim Joseph Foundation

Timely Resources and Programs 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.

Upcoming and Timely:

  • Prizmah 0ffers a number of resources to help educators facilitate conversations with their schools communities here about the
    events at the US Capitol on January 6.
  • The Jewish Education Project’s Jewish Educator Portal has resources to help discuss civil and political unrest with youth, and how to approach political conflicts through a Jewish lens.
  • For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Repair the World offer meaningful ways to #ServeTheMoment and address racial injustice amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer and learn in person or virtually.
  • “Bringing Israel Home,” from The Hub, is a new digital series with a live-at-home cooking and Q&A component featuring 5-time James Beard award-winning chef/co-owner of Zahav, Michael Solomonov — premieres Wednesday, January 13th at 8:00 pm EST and airs weekly on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. through April 28th (free to watch).
  • M² The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education offers Days of Gratitude, a six month gratitude experience centered around Jewish holidays each month.

With Education and Engagement in Mind:

  • With travel to Israel is still on hold, Makom continues to develop new ways of learning about and from Israel, including its “new and exciting set of educational resources in the form of a project we call Zimrat Ha’aretz: Makom’s New Israeli Playlist.
  • New research from the Benenson Strategy Group offers insights on the kinds of virtual programming Jewish young adults are seeking out right now.
  • Prizmah’s Reshet groups enable day school faculty, educators, and lay leaders to network with peers and colleagues. Choose from groups Judaic Administrator, Learning Specialist, Orthodox Women Leadership, and more.
  • The Jewish Education Project launched The Jewish Educator Portal, filled with curated content and resources, ongoing professional development, and a mechanism to create community by holding their own convenings and gatherings.
  • Hebrew at the Center offers a full menu of online resources for Hebrew teachers and leaders to specifically help prepare schools and the field for the continued uncertainty.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.”

Helping Leaders Navigate Crises:

For Self-Care:

  • The COVID Grief Network, an international mutual aid network, offers free 1:1 and group grief support and builds long-term community for young adults in their 20s and 30s who are grieving the illness or death of someone to COVID-19.
  • JPRO and Jewish Federations of North America offer Rise, an initiative to help out-of-work Jewish community professionals financial resources, career resources and personal resilience resources.
  • Maharat and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah “have partnered to launch an exciting new program: Mind the Gap: A Mini Sabbatical designed for Jewish professionals who are headed to or in-between jobs in the Jewish communal sector, with the goals of deepening knowledge of Jewish content and strengthening leadership skills.” You can share the names and email addresses of potential candidates at [email protected]