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January 20, 2021

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup is Here!

A newsletter from the folks behind the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

Here is the Lookstein Center’s mailing for the week of January 18, 2021.
The Latest from The Lookstein Center
Digital Activities for Tu B’Shvat
💻 Tu B’Shvat Padlet – an interactive, collaborative bulletin board for elementary and middle school students about customary foods eaten as part of the Tu B’Shvat seder.
💻 Online Scavenger Hunt Lesson for Tu B’Shvat – an interactive slideshow for elementary and middle school students about Tu B’Shvat customs and history.
Job Board
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Events and Opportunities
  • Would you or a family you know benefit from Lookstein Virtual’s online courses? Come schmooze with us! Join our Director of Admissions, Nili Auerbach, for a virtual “parlor meeting” about flexible, online Jewish learning opportunities for 6th-12th graders. Learn how it works, what subjects and models we offer, and why hundreds of families choose Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy for their Jewish learning year after year! Click here to sign up or contact us for more information.
  • Sign up now for The Lookstein Center’s professional development session, “Personalizing Instruction and Assessment,” on January 26 at 1:30 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive is hosting a new series of Winter Quarantine(ish) Book Talks during the months of January and February. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation is offering free teacher training of their “Tactics of Resistance.” Click here to sign up for the training on January 24 at 3:00 PM EST or click here to sign up for the training on January 25 at 7:00 PM EST.
  • Holocaust Museum LA is hosting the webinar, “Holocaust Survivor Talk: Michele Rodri,” on January 22 at 11:00 AM PST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Center for Jewish History is hosting the online event, “Family History Today: Finding Your Eastern European Jewish Family” on February 11 at 3:00 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • @akiva, the teen engagement department of the Jewish Education Center, is presenting “Israel in Shorts,” a three-week film experience for Jewish teens. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Yad Vashem is hosting a virtual tour of the exhibition “Shoah” at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on January 21. Click here to register and for more information.
Parashat Bo Discussion Questions
In Parashat Bo, the Jewish people receive the commandment of Rosh Chodesh. As slaves in Egypt, their time was not their own. Now, as free people….
In ancient cultures, the first-born was considered naturally superior to all his siblings and given the rule of the household. The Torah instructs that the first-borns…
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The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

January 13, 2021

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup is Here!

A newsletter from the folks behind the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

Here is the Lookstein Center’s mailing for the week of January 11, 2021.
The Latest from The Lookstein Center
Personalizing Instruction and Assessment
January 26, 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
In this professional development session, we will explore how to harness online and blended learning to promote personalized learning. Topics covered: design of multiple pathways, goal setting, the role of digital materials, the shifting role of the teacher, how to create and use formative assessments.
The Blogs: Ged Ed Torah
Owning Our Texts
By: Rabbi Lee Buckman
I’ve always been envious of my father who can recite by heart the Preamble of the United States Constitution (“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility….”), much of the Gettysburg Address (“Four score and seven years ago…dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal….”), and a handful of other formative texts of American history…..KEEP READING.
Job Board
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Events and Opportunities
  • Hidden Sparks is hosting a free webinar for Ivrit teachers, ” “Millim, Millim: Supporting students as they acquire and strengthen their Hebrew Vocabulary Skills,” on February 9 at 8:30 PM EST. Click here for more information.
  • Holocaust Museum LA is hosting the online event “Holocaust Survivor Talk: Paul Kester” on January 7 at 11:00 AM PST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Center for Jewish History is hosting the online discussion “Family Affairs: Jewish Ruptures, Mourning, and Belonging” on February 3 at 5:00 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
Parashat Vaerah Discussion Questions
In Parashat Vaerah, we see that although Moses begins most of the plagues, it is Aaron who hits the water to begin the plague of blood.
Do you think that it’s important…
Many of the plagues sound like they are punishment for Pharaoh’s, and Egypt’s, mistreatment of Bnei Yisrael. What sort of punishment is appropriate…
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

January 7, 2021

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup is Here!

A newsletter from the folks behind the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

Here is the Lookstein Center’s mailing for the week of January 4, 2021.
Last Call for Fall/Winter PD
Sign up now for one of our upcoming January professional development sessions:
Mastering Classroom Management Online
January 13, 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST
While digital technology provides unprecedented resources at our fingertips, it has also provided students with ample ways to disrupt learning. Join veteran online educators as they share stories, strategies, and shortcuts about online classroom management.
Personalizing Instruction and Assessment
January 26, 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
In this session, we will explore how to harness online and blended learning to promote personalized learning. Topics covered: design of multiple pathways, goal setting, the role of digital materials, the shifting role of the teacher, how to create and use formative assessments.
The Latest from Lookstein Virtual
Middle School Course Highlight:
Themes in Megillat Esther
“The most enjoyable part of this week was looking at the map of the Persian Empire. I have learned this story before, but I have never seen the map. I thought it was cool.”
– 7th grader, Cleveland, Ohio
Contact us now to enroll your students in our 6-week mini-course Themes in Megillat Esther. Students will explore heroism and activism and they will discover how the decisions they make can impact their lives. This versatile course allows students to work independently, in groups, or as a full class in whatever online/in-person environment you may be in this spring.
Job Board
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Events and Opportunities
  • The MOFET Institute is hosting the free webinar, “Virtual Worlds for Improving English Skills” on January 17 at 9:00 PM IST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has now opened its online museum, featuring the inaugural exhibit “Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl.” Click here for more information.
  • Yad Vashem is hosting the special online conversation “An Eye for an Eye” on January 7 at 8:00 PM IST. Click here to register and for more information.
Parashat Shemot Discussion Questions
What does it mean to be a responsible sibling or family member? Have you ever had to do something you found difficult in order to take care of a younger sibling? How did you feel while you were doing it? How did you feel afterward? In Parashat Shemot, Miriam takes on a special role in watching over her baby brother. How do you think it felt for her to have that responsibility?
God is patient with Moses as Moses repeatedly looks for excuses to avoid taking on the mission. Taking on responsibility for the community is praiseworthy – at what point does someone have the right to say “NO, thank you” and bow out? Is it justified to pressure someone to take on a responsibility they don’t want to assume? How do we balance the needs of the individual and the needs of the community?
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

January 5, 2021

Last Call for Fall/Winter Professional Development!

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More professional learning from the folks behind the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

The move to online and blended learning has opened up new possibilities in the move away from whole class instruction. In this session we will explore how to harness these new modalities to promote personalized learning. We will discuss the design of multiple pathways, goal setting, the role of digital materials, the shifting role of the teacher, and how to create and use the formative assessments that make it possible.
Date and Time:
January 26, 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
Last Chance:
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Managing Time, Tasks, and Expectations, January 7th, 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST
  • Mastering Classroom Management, January 13, 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST
Cost:
  • Cost per PD session: $20 each
  • Register for 2 sessions: $36 for both
  • Register for all 3 sessions: only $15 each!
The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education| (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

December 30, 2020

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup is Here!

A newsletter from the folks behind the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

Here is the Lookstein Center’s mailing for the week of December 28, 2020.
January Professional Development from
The Lookstein Center
Sign up now for one of our upcoming January professional development sessions:
Taking Care of Yourself: Managing Time, Tasks, and Expectations
January 7th, 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST
Teaching online is difficult, but the fact that work comes home with us takes things to a whole new level. Come explore scheduling challenges and solutions, setting boundaries with students and parents, ideas for teacher networks, and learn about time-saving tools to reclaim your work-life balance.
Mastering Classroom Management Online
January 13, 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST
While digital technology provides unprecedented resources at our fingertips, it has also provided students with ample ways to disrupt learning. Join veteran online educators as they share stories, strategies, and shortcuts about online classroom management.
Personalizing Instruction and Assessment
January 26, 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
In this session, we will explore how to harness online and blended learning to promote personalized learning. Topics covered: design of multiple pathways, goal setting, the role of digital materials, the shifting role of the teacher, how to create and use formative assessments.
Get ready for Tu B’Shvat with these lesson plans, activities, videos, Tu B’Shvat seders, and more! These updated resources include many digital activities that work well in an online or concurrent classroom environment.
Job Board
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Events and Opportunities
  • Now in English! The “Jewish Educational” Project offers a wide range of live Zoom workshops for Jewish schools around the world! Students will become magicians, scientists, drummers, artists, and more in a fun, engaging, and educational setting. Learn about our free workshops giveaways every week! Click here to sign up!
  • Come learn about Lookstein Virtual’s Blended Curricula! Meet our Director of Admissions, Nili Auerbach, for an overview of our Blended curricular options, joined by Ahuva Raitman, a 4th and 5th-grade Jewish Studies teacher at Manhattan Day School, who is expertly using Lookstein Virtual blended curricula in her classroom, and will share her first-hand experience. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5 at 2:30 PM EST. Learn more and sign up here. Can’t make the webinar? Schedule a quick chat with our admissions team here.
  • The Center for Jewish History in partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America is hosting the online exhibition “An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown.” Click here for more information.
  • Pardes is hosting the Sidney and Miriam Brettler Memorial Lecture Series 2021/5781, with new online lectures beginning on January 11. Click here to register and for more information.
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is offering free access to all of their Shine Online Education courses. Click here to register and for more information.
Parashat Vayehi Discussion Questions
How do you deal with anger and angry people? Is it better just not to associate with angry people?
In Parashat Vayehi, Jacob blesses all of his sons. In this process, he curses the anger of Simeon and Levi and does not want to be associated with them. Do you agree with this?
In Parashat Vayehi, Jacob insists, both from Joseph and his other sons, that they return him to his ancestral plot in the Machpelah Cave for burial. There is a general norm, as well as a halakhic directive, to honor the wishes of a dying person. Are there limitations to that? What if their wishes violate local laws or our ethical and/or religious values?
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel
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