Are you looking for summer enrichment? Need to make up a course? Hoping to complete a prerequisite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Lookstein Virtual Summer School is for you! 

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. 

If you have any questions about summer school, please contact us at

Tell me more!

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 I need to commit?

30 hours per course over a minimum of three weeks.

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

Most of your coursework is independent and can be completed whenever and wherever you like. You will also “meet” with your teacher regularly (1x or 2x per week based on the agreed upon course pace) via web conference.  These sessions will be scheduled directly between you and your instructor at a mutually acceptable time.

Is this the right choice for me?

How do I select the right course?

Carefully review our course descriptions and recommended grade levels which can be found in the section below.

We recommend that you speak directly with your school’s Judaic studies administrator to ensure that the course you are selecting will be accepted by your school.  If you still have questions, email us at

How will I be assessed?

Courses have regular assessments and contain detailed rubrics explaining the categories and criteria that teachers use when grading. Courses are project-based (no tests!) and provide a clear breakdown of how each course component is weighted in your final grade.  If at any point you have concerns about your assessments, please reach out to your teacher and/or to our Director of Education. They will be happy to address your concerns.

Will I get credit for this course?

Our courses are accepted by over 100 Jewish day schools and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Please make sure to check your school’s individual policy with regards to accepting external credits.  Upon completion, you 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.

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

What will I need?

All students need a computer/tablet, headset with microphone, webcam, and working internet.  Please see this document for more detailed technical specifications.

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

Our Summer School application is open. Click here to apply!
For more information email