You can lead a Global Day of Jewish Learning event in your community by inviting people to study together on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Rabbi Steinsaltz invites you to explore the richness of Jewish texts.
Gain free access to educational resources centered on this year’s theme:
At the same time you are learning, hundreds of diverse communities across the continents will also join this experience.
Together we can unite the Jewish people.
Torah is the shared inheritance of all the Jewish people.
—Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
Communities Worldwide Unite Through Learning
The Global Day of Jewish learning is a project of the Aleph Society and Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, uniting Jewish communities across the world through study of our shared texts.
- To empower people to claim our inheritance
- To spark a love of Jewish learning
- To build community locally, engaging diverse groups
- To join your community with hundreds worldwide
- Reaches every corner of the Jewish world
- Brings together Jews of all beliefs and backgrounds
- Includes communities of all sizes and types, ranging from JCCs to Moishe Houses, synagogues to groups that meet in people’s homes
How do communities participate?
To participate, host a local event that invites your community members to learn together, on the same day as thousands of other people in hundreds of places around the world. Use the theme of the year to guide and inspire your event’s learning session(s).
Learning session formats can include:
- A keynote speaker
- Peer-led small group discussion
- Experiential activities
- Beit Midrash learning
Where does the Global Day take place?
The Global Day happens wherever Jews learn together on November 12. Your community can participate, too!
How do you create an event?
If you plan to host an event, register your community and access our free resources:
- Detailed curriculum with facilitator’s guide
- Materials in several languages, including English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish
- Global Day ON AIR videos
- Guidebook and marketing materials
The Global Day empowers people to make Jewish learning happen in their own style, for their own community and cultures, in an easy, fun way.
- Volunteers in communities, who organize local events on the Day
- Our partner organizations
- Live webcast videos of featured speakers
- Individuals who attend events, watch videos or learn using our resources
2014: Heroes and Villains
2013: Creating Together
2012: Blessings and Gratitude
The seventh annual Global Day of Jewish Learning was on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The theme was Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations, which explored our world and nature.
The Global Day’s fifth year took place on Sunday Nov 15, 2015. The theme was Love: Devotion, Desire & Deception, exploring the many facets of love in our texts and our modern lives.
The Global Day’s fifth year took place on Sunday Nov 16, 2014. The theme was Heroes & Villains, Saints & Fools: The People in The Book, focusing on the lives and lessons of biblical characters.
The fourth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning was held on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013. The theme of the day and curriculum was Creating Together: Jewish Approaches to Creativity and Collaboration.
On Sunday November 18, 2012, 350 Jewish communities across the world joined together for the third annual Global Day of Jewish Learning. The theme of the Global Day and curriculum was Jewish concepts of blessing and gratitude.
Would you like to learn more? Click here to download the cumulative Global Day 2012 Report.
Global Day 2011 was an astounding success, uniting 250 Jewish communities across 40 countries in a day of Jewish learning. The theme of Global Day 2011 was the Unity of the Jewish people, as seen through the Shema prayer. In the words of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, “For the Jewish people, the Shema is a call, a slogan, a sign of identification and an expression of great emotions. It is a declaration of bond, principles and identity.”
The Global Day of Jewish Learning was conceived to mark the completion of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s monumental translation on the Talmud. Thanks to your astounding level of participation, the inaugural 2010 Global Day was a historic achievement. It reached every corner of the Jewish world and – perhaps, for the first time – brought Jews across the spectrum of beliefs and backgrounds together in a day of study and unity. You then truly went “a step ahead” by calling for an annual event.
The Global Day is dedicated to the memory of Ralph I. Goldman z”l.