Being prepared to take the learning experience entirely online or in the home can be stressful, especially with other topics on our minds. We are here to support in a variety of ways: materials for online learning, one-on-one consultations, and more. We will regularly update this page with new content. Should you be looking for something specific, please let us know.
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Resources You Can Use Now (AND in the Future)
These materials can easily be adapted for use at home. Each piece can engage, entertain, and educate varying ages in diverse frameworks.
|Crash Test World||Four short videos for kids you can watch together, highlighting different aspects of Israel, with discussion questions|
|Hebrew Mood Posters||An opportunity to learn new words, hear how the participants are feeling, and engage|
|Israeli Music Playlists||Educators are playing this as online participants are waiting, to learn Hebrew words, etc.|
|Who Wants to Go to the Moon?||Videos and activities created with SpaceIL to inspire the next generation around STEM.|
|Lights, Camera, Action!||Free, streaming Israeli short films you can watch together with English subtitles and questions|
|20-Second Handwashing...In Hebrew! (downloadable PDF)||Review Hebrew numbers while also washing your hands for the recommended length of time!|
|COMING SOON Binge Watch Israel||A comprehensive viewing guide to various Israeli TV shows streaming in North America (in Hebrew with English subtitles)|
|Jewish Lens||An exploration of identity, values, and peoplehood through photography|
|Mixtape Companion||A 4-part guide to accompany the Israel Story podcast, exploring the songs that share the story of Israel|
|Israel Resource Cards and Activities||This newest iteration of our widely-popular Israel Resource Cards uses a holistic approach to showcase many aspects of the people, places, sites, events, and cultures of Israel.|
|Modern Hebrew Slang||Modern Hebrew slang is an expression of culture, history, and identities — and can be fun!|
|Golda's Kitchen Cabinet||Golda’s Kitchen Cabinet helps bring the flavor of Israel to you — quite literally — through creative cooking programs highlighting an array of popular dishes and activities.|
|IsraelEd Podcasts||We asked Israel educators throughout North America which podcasts they enjoy.|
Here are some additional resources for more in-depth exploration:
|For the Sake of Justice||This series of modules seeks to help participants understand that Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state gives rise to complex realities in the social, civil, political, and religious spheres.|
|Values in Tension||When we disagree with others, we may assume that we do not have shared values. This activity illustrates that we often do share values and our differences lie in the way we prioritize them.|
|Maps as Narratives||This series introduces learners to the concept of map as “story-teller” and provides them with tools to analyze and choose maps of Israel that reflect perspectives they wish to convey and that, hopefully, reflect their relationship with Israel.|
We think you'll appreciate these resources as well, created by various partners. Please share with us what you've created or curated as well!
|Beit Hatfutsot Family Activities from Home||Meaningful, easy activities for students, families, and larger communities. Videos, interactive downloadable materials, tours, and more.|
|IAC Keshet Online||Daily interactive online activities filled with Israeli culture, Jewish Heritage, Hebrew language and a strong connection to Israel|
|Wash Your Lyrics||Generate hand washing infographics based on your favorite song lyrics (even through Hebrew songs!) (See our example using Shevet Achim Vaachayot)|
|Kan Children’s Programming on YouTube||in Hebrew, no subtitles|
|Science at Home||Experiments for the group or for families, from the Davidson Institute, in English|
|Online STEM Courses||From the Davidson Institute, in English|
Rega Shel Yisrael
(A Moment of Israel)
Arts and culture offer a sense of inspiration and of optimism, as well as a vehicle to express feelings and thoughts. Through this portal, meet Israeli musicians, poets, authors, chefs, athletes, innovators and more.
(Webinars and More)
Join scholars, academics, and practitioners from across North America and Israel for virtual learning experiences. More coming soon — if your need is more immediate or if you know of a webinar of interest to the IsraelEd community, please contact us.
|Date and Time||Description||Link|
|Tuesday, March 31
|Creative, fun, hands-on cooking and baking class from Gal's Wonder Kitchen (Israeli American Council)||Register for Link|
|By appointment||In the online live 45-minute session, your group can tour the Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv with a museum educator from the comfort of a smartphone or computer. Participate in a fascinating and interactive tour of our Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present, with optional pre- and post- tour lessons.||Book|
|30-minute live daily guided meditation with Jewish mindfulness. No experience needed. (Institute for Jewish Spirituality)||Register for Link|
|5-minute free sanity checks offered by Ten Percent Happier.||YouTube Live|
|In Conversation with Natan Sharansky||The iCenter co-sponsored an interactive, inspiring conversation with Natan Sharansky, past Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, human rights activist, and author. Hear his story, and learn about Soviet Jewry and Jewish unity in history (presented by Unpacked Media).|
|Udi Krauss in Concert||A private living room concert! Relive your Birthright Israel Fellows experience, and sing along to popular Israeli songs.|
|Idan Raichel in Concert||World-renowned singer Idan Raichel connects us all through music in this concert sponsored by The Jewish Agency for Israel.|
|Landing Beresheet||A Conversation with Nir Amitai, SpaceIL Landing Team|
More coming soon...
With Contributions from A Principal's Reflection
- BrainPop: Educational videos (premium access is now free during coronavirus)
- Jeopardy Labs: Create your own Jeopardy game for engaging group interaction online
- Lino: An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas that is similar to Padlet
- Wordle: Collaborative word clouds
- Kahoot: A fan favorite of educators around the world. It is a free game-based learning platform that not only gives everyone a voice but also provides a fun way to do it.
- Yo Teach!: Create your own room where people can respond to a question or reflect in 140 characters. This is a great tool to use for a backchannel.
- AnswerGarden: My new favorite tool! Use it for real-time audience participation, online brainstorming, and classroom feedback. Responses can only be 20 or 40 characters.
- Mentimeter: Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls.
- Padlet: A long time favorite of mine, which allows participants to respond using virtual Post-It notes. The beauty of this tool is that within each board responses can be text, video, images, or attached documents.
- FlipGrid: Create grids of questions or topics using text or video and share your questions with whomever you like. Your audience then responds with recorded videos.
(please check back soon as we add to this list)
- How to Learn in an Online Classroom video for students
- Zoom Tips and Tricks from Zoom (pdf)
- Kahoot Guide to Distance Learning
Should you find yourself needing support:
1. Ask the younger participants — many of them know!
2. We are also happy to try and help – contact us for limited technical support.
- Supporting Your Children in Times of Stress: A list of helpful tips from Natal נט׳׳ל, Israel Trauma & Resiliency Center
- (VIDEO) Jacobson Relaxing Techniques: An animated film from Natal נט׳׳ל for children and teenagers that teaches muscle contraction and relaxation techniques for relieving physical and emotional tension
- (VIDEO) Coping with Stressful Situations: An animated film from Natal נט׳׳ל for children and teenagers, focusing on tools for coping
- Coping during COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- How to talk to kids about COVID-19 from The Child Mind Institute
- Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide Free resources to help you (and your loved ones) cope with stress, fear, and anxiety. Online or in app.