Sefaria's Partner Educators in Action

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Educational Partnership Initiative cohort for a fruitful school year! Starting in 2014, Sefaria launched the Partnership to invite teachers of Torah to formally be part of building Sefaria. The initiative, which began with four day schools and 100 students, was  created to: (1) help teachers harness digital tools effectively and improve pedagogy around Jewish texts; and (2) provide Sefaria with a cohort of educators who use Sefaria in the classroom and deliver feedback on product development and refinement. This past school year, the program directly served 19 day schools, along with nine communal institutions, and reached more than 1,000 students.

Through the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating usage of Sefaria in their classrooms and lesson plans, Sefaria’s partner educators discovered new ways to engage students. The Sefaria classroom encourages student choice, skill development, and critical thinking — not to mention improved textual fluency.

We asked our teachers to share some of their work with the Sefaria community. Here are two examples of Sefaria in action:

Sefer Bemidbar: Year 40

Subject: Honors Chumash Grade Level: 9 Teacher: Yael Goldfischer School: The Frisch School (Orthodox Day School)

Essential Questions: We know generation II will make it into Eretz Yisrael while generation I was decreed to die in the midbar. But why does generation II get a happy ending? Are they much better than the previous generation? How does generation II differ from their parents?

Assignment: Submit an annotated Sefaria source sheet. The source sheet must include all biblical texts, commentaries and analysis. Click here for the full description of the assignment.

Student work: Click here to see an example of the completed assignment.

Sanhedrin 72b: The Tunneler

Subject: Talmud Grade Level: High School Teacher: Joshua Cahan School: Solomon Schechter School of Westchester - Upper School (Conservative Day School)

Lesson Description: Students were studying the discussion in Rashi and the Yad Ramah about what distinguishes the tunneler from other burglars, which is found in Sanhedrin 72b. The teacher created a source sheet and assigned it to his students using the Assignments feature. The students wrote translations and questions on the source sheet, which the teacher reviewed and corrected online for the students to see.

Learn how to use the Assignments feature.

To see more examples from educators, visit our resource guide. There are a variety of lessons to explore and we are always adding more.

Share your own work with Sefaria’s educational community:

  1. Make your Source Sheets public. Click here to see our wide variety of public source sheets.
  2. Share your lesson plans and source sheets with us. We are always adding examples to our resource guide. Send info to: