Resources for Educational Leaders: Coronavirus and Your Congregation

March 22, 2020Lisa Langer, RJE

Editor's Note: This roundup, intended for K-12 educators, is part of a series of pieces that curates coronavirus response resources for specific congregational roles. Additional pieces in this series are available for clergypresidentsexecutive director and temple administrators, and ECE center directors and educators

As the spread of COVID-19 significantly alters how we gather, learn and connect, it’s safe to say that this is not how educational leaders, directors, clergy, faculty or madrichim imagined Jewish learning would be happening today.   

Jewish educational leaders always rely on parents as partners, but during this unprecedented time when families are together at home, our collaboration as co-educators is critical.  

The resources below have been created and curated to support professionals, lay leaders, parents and learners of all ages to continue their discovery oand strengthen their connection to Jewish life from home as, together, we fulfill our sacred obligations to care for one another   

1. Expand your skills. 

Jewish educational leaders have been gathering virtually to share, learn, and connect about issues we currently face. Recordings of those events are below: 

Additionally, this resource could be extremely helpful:

2. Assess possible scenarios.

While you may not know with certainty what is about to happen, it is still possible to plan for different scenarios that may arise. We recently hosted a call on scenario planning for educational leaders and shared resources that can be helpful at this time.

3. Connect with other Reform Movement leaders.  

Access ARJE Covid-19 Resources, then join the discussion and access resources shared with and by congregational leaders in The Tent.  

  • Search #CoronaLearning or #CoronaEducation for discussion threads, tools and resources for this unusual time.  

  • For all resources and conversations related to coronavirus in The Tent, search for #Coronavirus.  

4. Browse the full list of URJ resources on coronavirus response.   

Looking for something more specific or want to review everything we have? Check out “How Reform Congregations are Coping with COVID-19 (and Tools to Help),” which is being regularly updated with new resources.    

5. Lean on Reform Jewish learning and engagement resources. 

You can share this content with your families to inspire them to learn and practice Judaism together from homeInclude links in your weekly email and on social media; encourage teaching faculty to look to this content for ideas.  

  • ReformJudaism.org Resources: This list highlights ReformJudaism.org’s best content to help families talk about important issues through a Jewish lens and do Jewishly themed activities at home.
  • Playlists from ReformJudaism.org: These curated Spotify lists are organized by holidays and themes, such as Hope and Healing,” Shabbat, and Passover. 
  • Stories We TelPodcast: Nearly 140 Jewish stories and transcripts are available; each episode ends with a question for further discussion. 
  • Videos from BimBam: Use digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.  
  • Videos and Discussions Guides from Shaboom!: This animated web series teaches Jewish values through magic, comedy, and songs.  

One of the strengths of our Reform Movement is our ability to mobilize and support each other. These resources, tools, ideas, and networks are designed to do just that, to activate and guide Jewish educational leaders, professionals, and parents as we all strive to do our best work in this most difficult of times.   

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