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

Join The Lookstein Virtual Middle School Scholars Program!

Program Highlights

Community of like-minded middle schoolers

Excellent, award-winning, and accredited courses

Live classes with master teacher facilitators

Student-centered design 

Transcripts and Certificate of Completion

Important Information

Cohort Calendar*
Fall: October 3rd, 2021 – January 30th, 2022
Spring: February 6th, 2022 – May 22, 2022
Class Time: Sundays, 11:00 – 11:40 AM Eastern
Registration Deadline: January 23rd, 2022

One-On-One Calendar
Courses are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Students meet with their teacher for 10-30 minutes approximately 1x per unit.

Pricing
$625 per course

*Cohort availability dependent on minimum number of registrants.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…

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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.