From the Jim Joseph Foundation

Timely Resources for the High Holidays, the School Year, and 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.

For the High Holidays:

  • curates and categorizes offerings from numerous organizations to empower you to be “reflective, connected and communal” at this time.
  • Hillel and Reboot “invite you to elevate your High Holiday experience. Take 30 seconds to get free access to epic streamed Higher Holiday events for Jewish (and Jew-ish) college students featuring Broadway performers, Hollywood screenwriters, musicians and more.” Sign up here.
  • At The Well offers resources to create a special High Holidays Well Circle to “empower your family through story telling and inter-generational conversations.”
  • Hadar’s High Holiday Derashot (Teaching) series is ongoing. Each Derasha will be offered the evening before the holiday begins, and “will explore what we’re thinking about as we prepare for the holidays in this strange and difficult year.” Register here.
  • Hadar also offers a High Holiday Reader, Spiritual Guide, and other Halakhic Resources to help navigate these unprecedented High Holidays.
  • The Pardes Daily is a new learning app with three tracks (Mishnah, Talmud and Tanakh), each of which will have 10-20 minute lessons per day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. It will also allow people to work with a havruta to keep each other on track as a team.
  • The Jewish Emergent Network offers an opportunity to “courageously explore our individual and collective capacity for change this Elul.” Click here to subscribe for Confessions of the Heart–Antiracism in Practice: 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge, with Yavilah McCoy of Dimensions.

With Education and Engagement in Mind:

  • 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.”
  • BBYO and Hillel each launched comprehensive online platforms to help teens and college students, respectively, continue to engage in Jewish community and learning.

Helping Leaders Navigate Crises:

For Self-Care:

  • 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