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Religion Education

We want to help you bring the joy of Judaism to life. See below for educational resources to make Jewish practice more accessible and relevant in your chapter, region, and personal life.

Chapter and Regional Leadership Resources

We are committed to connect you with the meaning of tefillah (prayer) and Torah through fun, teen-led services and creative approaches to spirituality. See below for resources to help plan and lead services.

  • Find advice on how to write and deliver d’vrei Torah, as well as USYer-authored examples for each Torah portion in our D’var Torah Bank
  • Find tefillah (prayer) scripts, service outlines, assignment sheets, guide for teaching tefillot (prayers), and more in our Religion/Education VP resource folder

External Resources

Below is a list of helpful sites and apps for further education, Jewish reference guides and databases, games, and more.

Pocket Torah & Pocket Trope

Helpful for learning Torah or Haftarah, this easy to use app provides:

  • A virtual tikkun (a study guide used when preparing to chant the Torah reading)
  • Audio assistance
  • And an easy to use interface to learn individual tropes for TorahHaftorahEichaEsther, the other 3 Megillot, and the High Holidays

Available on the Apple and Google Play stores.

Hebcal

This Jewish calendar includes candle lighting times, triennial reading breakdowns, and much more.

Luach Hashanah

When people speak of a Luach, this is what they are referring to. Created by Rabbi Miles B. Cohen, this booklet includes Torah breakdowns, service additions, and other helpful information. Helpful for Religion/Education Vice Presidents planning a convention and costs $20 to purchase.

Sefaria

An online database of translated Jewish texts from the TorahTanakhMishnahTalmud, and more. This is the perfect tool for creating sichah (study group or lesson) materials like source sheets and/or studying Jewish texts and commentaries in English.

My Jewish Learning

This robust resources has articles and information about almost every Jewish topic you could possibly imagine.

Zemirot Database

This is exactly what it sounds like–a database of zemirot (Jewish songs). You can find lyrics, translations, transliterations, and recordings of all your favorite Ruach and Slow Ruach (aka Slouach) songs.

JTS Torah Online

This resource, developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary or JTS, contains online recordings of many prayer services for learning and teaching purposes.

Siddur Audio

Listen to audio clips to help you learn entire services and individual prayers.

Maven Search & AskMoses

These Jewish Search Engines are reliable and useful; plus on Askmoses you can speak to a real rabbi 24/6.

Bimbam

Previously known as G-dcast, this website has educational videos about Torah portions, holidays, and more.

Midrash Manicures

This website combines Jewish education and creative nail art to make Torahmore relevant, meaningful, and visual. Use it to learn all about Torah portions, holidays, and more.

Leviticus! The iPhone Game

This one is just for fun, but it’s basically Fruit Ninja. However; instead of fruit, you sacrifice only kosher, healthy animals. Besides becoming totally addicted to it, the game helps you learn some of the Torah’s holiness laws.

Join Heschel Honor Society

Become a member of our Honor Society for teens committed to Jewish practice

Attend Torah Bytes

Join one of our online learning sessions, lead for and by teens

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