Israel in Crisis: Resources for Educators

As an organization that nurtures and trains Jewish educators, our primary goal is to support teachers in all settings, who we know have varying levels of knowledge about Israel. These resources will help you find the right words to talk with children and teens about the current crisis, and will help you understand Israel and the conflict. Please check back, as we are adding new sources regularly.

Join Edulist: Online Community for Jewish Educators

Jewish LearningWorks is the host of Edulist, the longest-standing and largest online group of Bay Area Jewish educators. Learn more about our online community, and how to connect with colleagues to share curricular resources, fill open jobs, and solicit advice!

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an accessible training program to support teen’s mental health. It is designed to teach youth professionals, parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12–18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis. All YMHFA training sessions are free. We offer them online and in-person.

Special Needs Inclusion

Tools and services to ensure that all children can participate fully in Jewish life and learning. Learn more about how to create inclusive learning environments for students with special needs, request consultations and clinical observations, and access training to continue your own professional development and growth.

Jewish Values Curriculum

A library of lesson plans for family education, ideal for children 5–8 years old. Each of these lessons focus on a single middah, Jewish value. They are stand alone lessons that can be used in a variety of settings to engage families in learning and taking their experience home. Ten of the lessons can also be used for specific holiday programming.

Israel Education

We believe that a comprehensive and integrated approach to Israel Education is a critical component for a holistic Jewish education. For decades, educators have looked to Jewish LearningWorks (formerly the BJE) for knowledge, skills and tools to support their work in the classroom.

We are proud to partner with The iCenter for Jewish Education to offer three of our most acclaimed resources free of charge as a gift to educators across the country.

On The Map

On the Map teaches students how to think about the history, politics and culture of Israel with scores of maps as source material.

Money Talks

Money Talks provides a new lens through which the complicated history, politics and culture of Israel can be explored.

Poster Tales

Poster Tales / Krazot Mesaprot offers analysis, dialogue and more as expressed through posters — offering a year over year snapshot of Israel from a bird’s eye view. This acclaimed resource ended with Israel@60.

Blessing Before Torah Study

We have created a card to help you lead the blessing before Torah study sessions. Our card includes multiple translations and alternatives to help you and your study partners make meaning.