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.
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.
We’ve received many requests that essentially boil down to “Why can’t I do things on your Source Sheet Builder that I can do in Word or Google Docs?” You asked and we answered!
When Sefaria launched in 2013, co-founders Joshua Foer and Brett Lockspeiser dreamt of creating a free, open source, online library of Jewish texts in Hebrew and in translation. Three years later, Sefaria boasts more than 50,000 unique visitors per month, 36,000 user-created source sheets, and a library of over 60 million words.
Russel Neiss joined the Sefaria team in 2015 as a Software Engineer. He has worked as an education technologist for more than 10 years, and has created several critically acclaimed apps including AlephBet App, PocketTorah and Let’s Bake Challah. Most recently, he was a Covenant Foundation Fellow at G-dcast where he conceived, coded, and launched a dozen apps and digital experiences. Russel is now responsible for the development of Sefaria’s iOS app, all of the latest improvements to our Source Sheet Builder, and much of the creative thinking that goes into addressing the needs of educators and students when it comes to digital learning.