Lookstein Virtual Summer School

Registration for Lookstein Virtual Summer School is open!

The program is designed for middle and high school students in need of credit recovery, credit advancement, enrichment, or prerequisite studies.

Students enrolled in a summer course will have the opportunity to complete, and receive credit for, a full semester course. Students will complete coursework online and according to their own schedule, and will “meet” regularly with their Israel-based instructor via Zoom. 

Students/families may register on their own. Please direct them here for more information and here to apply.
If you would like to register a group of students on behalf of a school please contact admissions@lookstein.org.


The details

When is summer school?

Lookstein Virtual Summer School is from June 2nd through August 29th. We will accept late assignments until September 3rd.

When is the application deadline?

Admissions for summer courses is on a rolling basis, but students must register by August 7th and begin coursework by August 11th in order to complete a full course during this session.

How much does it cost?

$625 per course. Payment may be made via credit card or PayPal.

How much time do students need to commit?

30 hours per course over a minimum of three weeks.

Do students need to be available at a certain day or time?

Most coursework is asynchronous and can be completed according to the students’ schedule. Students will also “meet” with their teacher regularly (1x or 2x per week based on the agreed upon course pace) via Zoom.  These sessions will be scheduled directly between student and instructor.

Do the courses meet our school's standards?
Lookstein Virtual courses are created by a team of expert educators, instructional and multimedia designers, advisers, and specialists using Backward Design (UbD).  Students and administrators are regularly surveyed and courses evaluated and updated to retain high standards in Jewish Studies.

Our courses are accepted by over 100 Jewish day schools and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Upon course completion, students can request a transcript from Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, a project of the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education of Bar-Ilan University. We do not currently provide college credit.

If you have any additional questions about our courses or process, please email admissions@lookstein.org

What courses are available?

Jewish Texts

The Big 10: An Adventure in Core Jewish Values – recommended for grades 6, 7, 8  – Standard Only

David, Founder of a Dynasty, Samuel/Shmuel II 1-10 – recommended for grades 7,8

David, The King of Israel, Samuel/Shmuel II 11-24 – recommended for grades 7,8

Who is Talmud, Intro to Talmud – recommended for grades 8,9

Constructing a Kingdom, Melachim/Kings I 1-11 – recommended for grades 8,9

Cracks in the Foundation Melachim/Kings I 11-22 – recommended for grades 8,9

Sage Advice, Selections from Pirkei Avot – recommended for grades 9,10,11

From Names to a Nation, Shemot 1-13 – recommended for grades 9,10,11,12

Covenant and Crisis, Shemot 13-40 – recommended for grades 9,10,11,12

Provoking Change: The Prophecies of Trei Asar (Hoshea – Micha) – recommended for grades 11,12 – Honors Only

Pain and Promise: The Prophecies of Trei Asar II (Twelve Minor Prophets) – recommended for grades 11, 12 – Honors Only

Jewish Thought

The Big 10: An Adventure in Core Jewish Values – recommended for grades 6,7,8

Commandment to Care, A Study of Halachic Process -recommended for grades 9,10

Developing a Jewish Ethical Voice – recommended for grades 10,11

Character Under Construction: A Journey in Personal Growth – recommended for grades 9,10,11,12 –  Standard Only


Jewish History

A Story of Resilience and Survival: Part 1 – recommended for grades 7,8

A Story of Resilience and Survival: Part 2 – recommended for grades 7,8

Inspirational Figures of the 20th Century – recommended for grades 7,8

Who is Talmud, Intro to Talmud – recommended for grades 8,9

The Story of Exile and Return, Jewish History Survey – recommended for grade 9,10

Letters Home: American Jewish History, 1870-1924 – recommended for grades 10,11

Emergence of Modern Israel – recommended for grades 10,11,12

Remembering the Holocaust – recommended for grades 11,12

Which schools use Lookstein Virtual summer school?

Jewish day schools and yeshivot across the country utilize Lookstein Virtual summer school in order to maintain high Jewish studies standards 12 months a year. Some of our partner schools include:

Akiba Yavneh, Atlanta Jewish Academy, Charles E Smith Jewish Day School, de Toledo High School, The Frisch School, Golda Och Academy, Hebrew Academy of Nasau County, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, Hillel Day School, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Milken Community High School, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Shulamith High School, Valley Torah High School, The Weber School, and Yeshiva University High School for Girls

Email us at admissions@lookstein.org to learn more.

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

Students/families may register on their own. Please direct them here for more information and here to apply.
If you would like to register a group of students, email admissions@lookstein.org.

“We have been privileged to work with The Lookstein Center over several summers to provide our high school students the opportunity to take Lookstein’s challenging and engaging Judaics courses. The wealth of choices and the quality of instruction make Lookstein a great option!”

~Ginger Thorton, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

“Lookstein Virtual is a great Jewish learning partner. They have provided meaningful and flexible online solutions for our students seeking Jewish learning and courses.”

~Jason Loeb, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School