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.

With Summer in Mind:

  • The Jewish Service Alliance launched Serve the Moment to mobilize Jewish young adults and college students (ages 18-29) through a full-time stipended fellowship program from July 8th to August 7th. Nominate a changemaker in your community.
  • The Shalom Hartman Institute is running a massive month-long celebration of Jewish ideas and responses to our current moment. All Together Now,through July 23, has hundreds of sessions taught by more than 60 Hartman faculty on topics as varied as talmudic responses to crisis, American democracy, Israeli poetry, connecting communities across difference and High Holiday liturgy.
  • 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.
  • Hadar’s Executive Seminar, a virtual 4 day learning intensive from July 12-16, will cover “The Torah of Covid-19: Ancient Questions in a New Reality.” Hadar’s 3-part lecture series with Rabbi Tali Adler (July 13, 20, and 27) will cover Grief and Mourning in a Time of Tragedy
  • Moving Traditions is working with Jewish overnight and day camps to offer Heart to Heart: Teen Conversations for Summer 2020—a series of one-hour sessions for preteens and teens, drawn from Moving Traditions’ nationally recognized teen programs.
  • In partnership with BBYO, Hillels across the country are offering live, behind-the-scenes access to their schools.

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 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.