Aliza Rosenbaum has been teaching Judaic Subjects to seventh and eighth grade students at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Il for seven years. She has spent much of that time experimenting in her classroom in the hopes of developing the most effective ways to teach and work with her students. In 2017, she applied for the Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative to see what might happen when Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) goes digital. The result, Aliza explains, was student-led learning come to life: “It’s the best – it’s how I’ve always wanted to do it.” In the past, she would select a given text, translate it, print it for her students, and they would have to respond to accompanying questions. However, it never felt to Aliza like they were truly learning as much as they could be. They were completing their coursework, to be sure, but because so much of the process was done for them, the students weren’t really owning their work. Unsurprisingly, she found that it was hard to get thoughtful answers …
That’s the number of people who took advantage of Sefaria resources in the two weeks leading up to Shavuot! And 338 people from 38 countries added themselves to Sefaria’s interactive teaching and learning map. From Budapest to Brooklyn, Haifa to Helsinki, Melbourne to Milan….
Explore two new ways to engage with Sefaria’s Education Team in the 2018-2019 academic year!
Will you be teaching on Shavuot? Hosting a class to help others prepare for the night of studying? Or simply readying yourself to receive the Torah? We invite you to be a part of Sefaria’s Shavuot celebration by telling us where in the world you’ll be teaching or studying with Sefaria. Add yourself to our map.
Faustine Sigal was born, raised, and continues to be based in Paris, but she spent Chanukah in Munich, part of January in Brussels, and the week before Pesach in Prague. She visits these places and many others in her capacity as the International Director of Jewish Education for Moishe House, an organization that provides vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers. Moishe House currently operates over 100 houses in more than 25 countries.