Take a journey through our most sacred texts, valued traditions, and shared history:

Join The Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholars Program!

Program Highlights

Cohort of like-minded middle schoolers OR individualized 1:1 program

Excellent, award-winning, and accredited courses

Live classes with master teacher facilitators

Engaging, thought-provoking, and meaningful Jewish content

Transcripts and Certificate of Completion from The Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University

2022-2023 Cohort Study

Year-long study with a cohort of your peers:

Jewish History Cohort
Grade Levels: 6/7
Class Time: Sundays, 9:00 AM EST
Course: A Story of Resilience and Survival – Parts 1 & 2

Jewish Text Cohort
Grade Levels: 7/8
Class Time: Sundays,10:00 AM EST
Course: The Leadership of King David – Parts 1 & 2

Important Information
Program Dates: October 15 – June 2
Year-Long Program Price: $1350
Registration Deadline: September 10th

* Cohort availability dependent on minimum number of registrants.

** 7th grade students may participate in both the History and Text Cohorts.



Early Bird Deal! Register by July 12th and save $100!

2022-2023 Independent Study

Select from one of the semester-long courses below:

Jewish Values Courses
The Big Ten: An Adventure in Core Jewish Values
Inspirational Figures of the 20th Century

Jewish History Courses
A Story of Resilience and Survival
The Rabbis of the Talmud

Jewish Text Courses
Heroes and Holidays of the Calendar
The Leadership of King David
The Rise and Fall of King Shlomo’s Kingdom
The Stories and Legends of Eliyahu Hanavi

Important Information

Independent Study Dates: Semester-long courses are offered on a rolling basis. Students complete independent work and meet with their teacher for up to 30 minutes approximately 1x per unit. We encourage students to take one course during the fall and one during the spring. Those who wish to do so are advised to start around October 15th.

Semester-Long Independent Study Price: $750
Registration Deadline: September 10th



Early Bird Deal! Register by July 12th and save $50!


What is Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy?

Created in 2014, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is the nonprofit online school of Jewish studies of Bar-Ilan University. Check out our parent organization at www.lookstein.org. We offer dozens of online courses and digital content for students in grades 6-12 in Jewish texts, Jewish history, and Jewish ideas, and we work with schools, organizations, and families of all Jewish backgrounds.

What is the Middle School Scholars Program?

The Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholars Program is a three-year program offering excellent online courses in Jewish texts, history, and values, live classes with a master Jewish educator, and a Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholar Certificate from The Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University for students who complete 5 semesters.


Lookstein Virtual coursework combines the best of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (on-demand) online learning. The asynchronous coursework is independent and on-demand and can be completed whenever and wherever you like. Coursework includes reading, watching, responding to prompts, and completing varied activitiesall guided by the Lookstein teacher, who is in constant communication with the students.


Students will also “meet” with their teacher regularly via Zoom. These sessions allow for the teacher and student to get to know one another, to discuss course material and to dig a little deeper into the content. Students enrolled in the Cohort Study Option will participate in group classes and collaborative learning activities. Students enrolled in the One-On-One Study Option will have individualized sessions according to their own schedule.

How much time will my child need to devote to the Middle School Scholars Program?

Students will need to devote approximately 2 hours per week to the scholars program. This includes the live time spent with their instructor.
Students who complete 5 semesters will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion from The Lookstein Center of Bar-Ilan University.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are master Jewish teachers from North America that have dedicated their lives to educating and inspiring Jewish teens and pre-teens. Our teachers (and students) come from all Jewish backgrounds and we make sure to pair families with the teacher that can best meet their educational and Jewish learning needs.

Is the teacher available aside from the live Zoom meetings?

Yes! Student-teacher correspondence is intentionally built into our curriculum, allowing students and teachers to build strong relationships, dig deeper into ideas and texts, and provide extra support if needed.

My child is not in middle school. Do you have a program for younger and/or older kids?

Yes! Visit www.looksteinvirtual.org/high-school-scholars-program/ to learn about our high school program. To learn more about our programming for younger kids please email us.

Are your courses accredited?

Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools as a supplementary Education Program.

Upon course completion, you may request an official transcript from Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy of The Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University.

We want to participate in the cohort this semester, but are not sure if we’ll be able to complete all 10 credits needed to get the certificate. Can we still join?

YES! You can join for one semester at a time and decide later whether or not you will complete the program and receive your certificate. Click here to sign up!

We want to participate in the program but already took one (or more) of the courses in the curriculum. Can we take something else instead and still receive a certificate?

YES! You can select the One-On-One Study Option and select the course(s) of your choice. You are welcome to join the cohort for any future semesters.

Still have questions? Contact us at admissions@lookstein.org or schedule a chat at www.calendly.com/lookstein-virtual-admissions.