The EJL Approach

Why Learn Online?

Offering quality online Jewish education for teenagers, EJL courses bring students together in an interactive environment as they discover the wealth of Jewish heritage.

The digital classroom is a powerful tool to empower Jewish learning and bring together a community of scholarship. We study interactively, across distances, and in real-time with flexible schedules.

Here are just some of the ways in which students learn at EJL:

      • Parsing biblical texts with a friend
      • Illustrating scenes from Jewish history
      • Debating Jewish theology over moderated discussion boards
      • Exploring print & digital study resources
      • Creating class libraries of Jewish knowledge
      • Preparing oral presentations and web-videos

For Parents & Guardians:

  • Courses are created to meet learning needs and are available a la carte.
  • Classes are designed to strengthen Jewish knowledge and identity.
  • Adults can monitor their students’ progress by contacting a teacher or logging into the classroom.

For Students:

  • Learners access Jewish learning from the comfort of their home.
  • Friendships build across distances and time zones.
  • A variety of available subjects allows learners to direct their learning according to their individual interests.

For Educators:

  • In a digital environment, the only real limit is imagination.
  • Small class sizes enable teachers to get to know their students.
  • Assignments can be personalized to a learner’s need.
  • The classroom can be easily adjusted to respond to a learner’s needs and abilities.

Essential Jewish Literacy:

Text and tradition drive Jewish identity. EJL practices study centered on the essentials of Judaism, from weekly Torah portions to principles of ethics and halakha (Jewish law), from ritual life to mystical stories.

Experiential Learning:

The classroom is a place to practice Judaism while you learn. When studying Biblical commentaries, we join the dialogue among the rabbis. When analyzing halakhic debates, we research and present our own arguments. When exploring Jewish art, we learn methods by creating our own artwork.

Interaction in a Community of Learners:

Kehillah, or community, is both a core Jewish value and a key to success in education. Relevant and mediated social interaction help learners reinforce their studies. EJL students learn together and build relationships through study that extent beyond the classroom.