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.
Introducing Assignments, a new feature that transforms the traditional in-class or homework assignment process. Gone are the days when teachers had to write up assignments, print them out, distribute to students, and then collect them back; with Assignments, teachers can easily integrate questions on to a source sheet, share that link with their students, and automatically collect answers once the students complete their responses. Students can annotate, comment, or add additional content, while educators can prompt open-ended or multiple choice questions.