When is summer school?
Lookstein Virtual Summer School is from June 1st – August 31. We will accept late assignments until Tuesday, September 4.
When is the application deadline?
Admissions for summer courses is on a rolling basis, but students must register by Friday, August 3 and begin coursework by Tuesday, August 7th in order to complete a full course during this session.
How much does it cost?
$450 per course. Payment may be made via Chase QuickPay, ClearXchange, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Instruction. They will be happy to address your concerns.
Will I get credit for this course?
Our courses are accepted by over 75 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.
Tanach Skills – recommended for grades 7,8,9
Quest for Eliyahu, Melachim/Kings I 17-Melachim/Kings II 2 – recommended for grade 9
From Names to a Nation, Shemot 1-13 – recommended for grades 9,10,11,12
Provoking Change: The Prophecies of Trei Asar (Hoshea – Micha) – recommended for grades 11,12 – Honors
Who is Talmud, Intro to Talmud – recommended for grade 9
Commandment to Care, A Study of Halachic Process – recommended for grades 9,10
Developing a Jewish Ethical Voice – recommended for grades 10,11
Sage Advice, Selections from Pirkei Avot – recommended for grades 9,10,11
Inspirational Figures of the 20th Century – recommended for grade 9
The Story of Exile and Return, Jewish History Survey – recommended for grade 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
Rivky Krestt has been working in Jewish education and educational technology for over 15 years and held department chair positions in Jewish studies at both Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Maryland. She has worked as a Jewish studies teacher and department chair, teacher mentor, curriculum writer, and educational technologist, and currently serves as the Director of Education in a Jewish overnight camp. Rivky holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Theory and Development from The University of Maryland, and studied a number of years as a Bruriah Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Ilana Lipman has been working in Jewish education for over 15 years, teaching students ranging from pre-school age to adulthood in both formal and informal settings. Before moving to Israel, she served as Assistant Director at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Middle School. After her aliyah, she worked as a teaching coach and administrator at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Ilana holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and a Certificate in Advanced Jewish Studies from Pardes. Ilana oversees curriculum development and instruction at Lookstein Virtual, ensuring that each of our students is engaged in meaningful and relevant learning.
Daniel Rose Daniel Rose has worked in formal and informal Jewish education in the UK, US, and Israel for more than two decades. Daniel has held numerous teaching and administrative posts in Jewish day schools and educational organizations, has extensive experience in curriculum development and educational consulting, and has managed varied educational projects- most recently the production of the Koren Magerman Educational Siddur Series. Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from London University and a PhD in Education from Hebrew University.
Jeremy Spierer has worked in formal and informal Jewish education for close to two decades. A veteran high school and post-high school teacher of Jewish studies in day schools and summer camps, including at SAR High School and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, Jeremy has also taught online and has extensive experience as a teacher mentor. He has Semicha, a Master’s Degree in Bible, and a Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University, and is a graduate of the Jewish New Teacher Project. At Lookstein Virtual, Jeremy is responsible for the mentorship and professional development of our instructional staff. He ensures that our teachers are employing best practices in online education, and creating an engaging and personal classroom experience for all students.
All students need a computer/tablet, headset with microphone, webcam, and working internet. Please see this document for more detailed technical specifications.
Our Summer School application will open on Sunday, April 15th. Please complete your information below if you would like to learn more about summer school.