The Impact of Coronavirus on Jewish Education

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We’re in this together. 

The great Hassidic Rabbi Yakov Yosef of Polnoye asked, “Why are Jews compared to sand?” He answered: “Each particle of sand is distinct, but through fire they come together.” An analogy can be made that the Jews are — unfortunately — divided, and only though calamities do we come together.

The problem with calamity is that we can become obsessed with it, and it is easy to become nourished by the negative. The late Shimon Peres pushed back against the instinct to focus on the negative, declaring, “Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives.” Friends, it’s time to make lemonade.

For years, we at OpenDor Media have been shouting from the rooftops to anyone who would listen that we need to reach our young people where they are: on their phones. Now, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that message is particularly relevant. 

If you are a parent at home, a university student, a foundation leader, a donor, a teacher, or a student, we are here for you.

When synagogue is not an option, when brick and mortar school is no longer possible, when social isolation can feel paralyzing, instead of merely watching Netflix, learn from our Unpacked videos and consider our questions. For teachers who want to make sure their students can continue learning meaningfully, make sure to tune in for our live classes, our video library, and our feature films

The truth is that the Jewish people do not need trauma to reinvent ourselves. We know that to be Jewish means to be ready, to unite, to look forward together. We do not need a crisis and danger to build ourselves. 

We’re in this together.

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Noam Weissman

Dr. Noam Weissman is Senior Vice President at OpenDor Media. He leads the education vision and implementation at OpenDor Media with a special focus on the development of meaningful content and resources for students and educators. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from USC with a focus on curriculum design.

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