Jewish Learning Process
Individual Students & Families
Getting to know our students.
The start of the Online Jewish Learning process begins with initial discussions with parents/caregivers, we aim to understand how students learn best. OJL educators are adept at working with students who have learning differences and special needs, as well as neuro-typical learners. During the intake process, we ask a series of specific questions. For example: how does the student connect with a particular subject matter? What are their favorite subjects in school, and extracurricular activities? Are they visual or auditory learners? What gets them excited? We also ask parents/guardians about the goals they have in mind for their child(ren). Upon gathering this information, we are then able to curate engaging, individualized curriculum.
Making a match.
Another key component of our process is to thoughtfully match our students with educators who will be the right fit and inspire our students to do their best. Teaching style and of course availability are also factors in pairing our teachers with students. OJL educators – some of whom are clergy – are extremely knowledgeable, experienced and have advanced teaching degrees. Our Leadership Team is closely involved in the process to ensure the right match for each student.
Learning engagement & periodic assessments.
Once a curriculum and course schedule are established, students will meet with their teachers on a regular basis. We do not administer formal testing, rather, we conduct informal assessments and provide parents/guardians with progress reports along the way. Ongoing communication plays an important role in our success, therefore we welcome and encourage feedback from our students and their families at any time.
We view milestone preparation as an important opportunity to deepen Jewish identity. We begin well in advance by providing our students and families a comprehensive overview of what to expect. Students will learn to read from the Torah and recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading. Students may also learn to lead many prayers of the service, chant Haftorah and learn the blessings before and after the Haftorah.
No two b’nai mitzvah are the same, and creating personal and positive experiences for all OJL students and their families are among our top priorities. We work closely with families to: determine the service that would be best (e.g., Shabbat morning, weekday, mincha/havdallah); determine the parts of the service with which the student would like to participate (e.g., morning prayers, special blessings); plan the ceremony; and develop an achievable timeline.
We welcome the opportunity to continue to engage students who have reached their initial learning goals. Proficiency in conversational Hebrew, understanding how to interpret complicated texts and commentaries, and an exploration of Israel and Jewish history are among the areas of study our students often pursue. Our Leadership Team works directly with students and families to determine the next path of their Jewish journey.
OJL White Label Partnership Programs
Initial assessment and goal setting.
Understanding our clients’ needs is an important first step of customizing a White Label Partnership Program. Our Leadership Team will meet with clergy, educators, and other key stakeholders to discuss the strengths, gaps and goals of the existing program. Following the initial assessment, our Leadership Team will develop strategic goals that align with our clients’ priorities and will inform the development of their custom White Label Partnership Program.
Program development and implementation.
OJL programs are scalable. Clients may choose to expand upon their existing curriculum, or request OJL to create new, supplemental teaching modules. A key benefit of our unique infrastructure is our clients’ ability to supervise and monitor students’ progress at any time. All lessons and classes are recorded, therefore clients may check-in on their students in real-time, and provide important feedback to parents/guardians, as needed.
Program Options include:
- 1:1 Learning:
- Students learn 1:1 with their teacher
- Paced according to individual learning needs and goals
- Personalized attention enables students to learn more materials
- Small Groups:
- Students learn in a small group setting with peers
- Students benefit from an engaging, social community experience online
- Combination Programs:
- Students engage in both 1:1 and small group learning sessions enabling both personalized attention and opportunities for community interaction
- Family Learning:
- Students and parents/guardians learn together in a fun and engaging online setting when it is most convenient for the family
Reporting and evaluation.
OJL periodically provides progress reports on all students as well as a comprehensive, final report. We value collaboration and effective communication, and as such, we welcome client feedback at any point throughout the program. We also request that our clients complete a service evaluation at the conclusion of a program. We pride ourselves on our successful client relationships and enjoy serving as extensions of their teams, and working together to develop long-term programming solutions for their communities.
What Our Students Say
The team is super helpful, accommodating and extremely knowledgeable.
Our family loved OnlineJewishLearning.com! Our son Jonathan was able to complete his bar mitzvah studies in a convenient manner with lots of personal attention. It was really helpful being able to schedule lessons as needed and Jonathan enjoyed his studies tremendously, whereas he often found his Hebrew school to be too repetitive and slow-moving. The entire Online Jewish Learning team was super helpful, accommodating, and extremely knowledgeable. We couldn’t recommend Online Jewish Learning more highly!
– Sharon (Parent), New York City
The class happens in your home at a time convenient to you.
If you are on the fence about putting your kids in a brick and mortar Hebrew school, give Online Jewish Learning a try. You can schedule Hebrew school to fit your schedule. You don’t have to schlep the kids during rush hour and then wait two hours for them to finish, because the class happens in your home at a time convenient to you. Your child will have joyful memories of learning with a teacher who is passionate about their subject and who imparts that passion with every lesson.
– Sherene (Parent), Virginia
Fun, easy and user-friendly program!
My son was incredibly nervous about preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Upon beginning his studies with onlinejewishlearning.com he became much more comfortable and his confidence increased. I found him studying all the time because he thought it was fun and easy! I would recommend OnlineJewishLearning.com to anyone looking for a thorough, fun, and user-friendly program for their child.
– Melissa (Parent), California
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