Every fall, our education team selects a diverse set of educators to join Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is for educators to experiment with Sefaria, explore what Jewish learning looks like in a digital age, and discover how we might create new forms of engagement around Jewish texts in conjunction with Sefaria. Participating educators think through best practices of teaching with Sefaria and work together to foster a more innovative spirit in the community Jewish learning. In the 2016-2017 school year, there are two distinct cohorts: day schools and Jewish organizations. The 2016-17 cohort includes 19 schools and 9 Jewish organizations.
We add new texts and commentaries to the Sefaria library several times a week. To make it easier to find out what’s new, we updated the notifications feed to include alerts when updates are made to the library. This feed also alerts you when someone “likes” your source sheet or when someone you follow posts a new source sheet.
Sefaria is constantly working to maximize connections between texts. While some connections have been manually placed, we try to automate the process as much as possible, for efficiency’s sake. In doing this, we have had the privilege of working in partnership with computer scientists Moshe Koppel and Avi Shmidman at Dicta, a research institute which is exploring uses of computational methods to analyze Hebrew texts. We have a good thing going – we provide the texts, they share the results of their research with us, and Sefaria users benefit as we incorporate the findings into our web interface and textual connections. One of the results of this partnership is the Dibur Hamatchil matching script.
From source sheets to contributors to words in our library, we’ve grown so much over the past year. And there are a lot more of you too! Take a look below to see what we’ve accomplished together and check out our metrics page to track our growth yourself.
It’s Elul, and the sound of the shofar got us thinking about amplifying the voices in our community. We invite you to explore some user-generated source sheets on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Tshuva.