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

Join The Lookstein Virtual Scholars Program!

Program Highlights

Cohort of like-minded students 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


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 Scholars Program?

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

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.

Click on the links below to learn more about:

The Middle School Scholars Program – www.looksteinvirtual.org/middle-school-scholars-program/
The High School Scholars Program – www.looksteinvirtual.org/high-school-scholars-program/

How much time will my child need to devote to the 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.

What ages is the scholars program for?

The scholars program is for students in grades 6-12. Visit www.looksteinvirtual.org/middle-school-scholars-program/ to learn about the middle school program or  www.looksteinvirtual.org/high-school-scholars-program/ to learn about our high school program.

To learn 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.

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