Quality online Jewish education
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is an online school for Jewish studies that supplements Jewish school programming. We bring quality online Jewish education to Jewish students everywhere, regardless of geographic location or ideological orientation, and support Jewish schools by providing affordable, innovative, differentiated instruction to supplement their existing course offerings.
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy creates and facilitates effective Jewish Studies online courses with a deep commitment to student academic success and positive student experiences.
In 2016, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy was recognized as one of the 50 most innovative projects in the American Jewish community by Slingshot.
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is sponsored through grants from the AVI CHAI Foundation, the Kohelet Foundation, and the William Davidson Foundation with additional support from Joshua Venture Group and Targum Shlishi. We are grateful for their ongoing support and encouragement.
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy opened its doors in September 2014. Currently offering more than twenty Jewish Studies courses, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy works with more than 50 Jewish day schools around the globe to expand and enrich their existing curriculum. To date, it has worked with close to 1000 students.
Latest blog posts
August 24, 2016
3 Easy Tips for Extending Learning
By Chevi Rubin
In part 1 of this series we put our tech in check and discussed what technology can and cannot do for our students, our teachers, and our classrooms. We shared Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model, which provides a practical framework for teachers thinking about ways to infuse technology into their lesson plans, and we shared three ways that technology has the power to transform our teaching capabilities.
Read part 1 on Increasing Access to learn about the global resources available in every location and for every budget, the power of widening the audience for student work, increased accessibility, and practical classroom tips. Read below for more on Maintaining and Extending Connections, and stay tuned for our next blog post on Improving Quality with Technology. Read More
August 9, 2016
The Hadassah Foundation has provided generous support to Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy for the creation and implementation of In Their Footsteps: Women’s Leadership in the Bible and Today, a new online high school course for girls. This new course will provide girls across North America with a first-ever opportunity for Bible study with an emphasis on female leaders, combined with hands-on leadership training. Read More
June 22, 2016
*While not mentioned explicitly in this article, the SAMR Model is commonly used to enable teachers to design, develop, and infuse technology into teaching.
By Chevi Rubin
We have been engaged in conversations with Jewish school teachers, administrators, and funders about educational technology since the early 1990s. We have learned firsthand of schools’ hopes, excitement, and apprehensions with regard to EdTech.
Lately we have started to hear something different.
We are starting to hear tales of disappointment and frustration. Schools were too quick to implement new technologies, too-quick to abandon what was tried and true. It’s almost as if some are just realizing that “technology will never replace great teaching.”
The time has come to put our tech in check. Read More
March 15, 2016
Published in the Spring 2016 HaYidion
By Ilana Lipman, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy Director of Curriculum Development
It was about 30 seconds before the bell rang to signal the beginning of class when Matan approached me. “Mrs. Lipman?” I held my breath. Poor Matan. He was such a curious, thoughtful, hard-working student. I knew he had spent more time than any other student studying for the Shmuel Bet test. It seemed almost unfair to write that B- on the top of his exam, yet rubrics are rubrics and Matan had failed to satisfy the requirements that were demanded to attain an A or an A-. Matan knew that many of his peers had likely scored better grades than he, yet he still came to class full of enthusiasm. I mentally prepared myself for Matan to ask how he could improve his grade and how I could answer him without discouraging him.
But his comment surprised me. He did not ask me about his grade.
“Mrs. Lipman, you will never believe what I read over the weekend. Read More
March 8, 2016
Date: 2016-03-08 Hour: 12:49
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, a project of Bar-Ilan University’s Lookstein Center for Jewish Education,
has been named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the eleventh annual Slingshot Guide, released this week.
“Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is honored and inspired to be selected for this year’s Slingshot Guide and recognized as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in America today,” said Chana German, Director of Lookstein Virtual
Jewish Academy. “Our team has demonstrated that innovation, passion, and perseverance can be transformative in the Jewish educational landscape. We are thankful to Slingshot, and thrilled to be joining a growing network of organizations that are deeply committed to innovation and bettering the Jewish community.” Read More