The 2018 Curriculum is now available for registered communities – sign up for access to the Curriculum and more!

This year’s Curriculum units include:

FOR ADULTS
  • Generations: A Family’s Journeys
    A family journey of three generations – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – led to the formation of a nation of people called the Children of Israel. We’ll look at how the paths of the patriarchs diverged, how their lives connected with the Land of Israel, and explore the meanings of their multi-generational saga.
  • Jonah: A Story of Many Journeys
    Travel through the Book of Jonah by following the journeys of some lesser known characters. In this close reading, we will examine literary and artistic interpretations of the text.
  • Journey into the Unknown
    What does it mean to set out on a journey without knowing the destination? Meet Abram (Abraham) who is commanded to “go forth!” and does just that. We will explore what this passage of the Bible may reveal about journeys and progress.
  • The Journey of Our Names
    Names are significant, and carry promises and challenges. Our own names embody aspirations – hopes that our families have for us and that we have for ourselves. We will look at how some biblical characters transform when their names change, and trace the journeys of some modern examples.
  • The Making of a Wandering People
    How can a nation or a people exist in diaspora? We will explore how the experience of exile has shaped the Jewish people, from biblical times to the present day.
  • The Stops Along the Way
    When we go on a journey, our horizons are broadened, and we gain new insights into the world. Is it any wonder that we use journeys as a metaphor for life? We will look closely at texts that tell of journeys and paths and finding ways these ancient stories can inform our present-day behaviors.
FOR MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
  • On A Journey With Jonah (Middle School)
    What would it be like to meet Jonah, and get caught up in his extraordinary journey? We’ll travel with Jonah and meet some other characters along the way, looking at how the journey of one person can affect others.
  • Journey of my Name (Elementary School)
    Where does your name come from? According to Jewish tradition, names have a special meaning. They tell us about our past and contain hopes for the future. We will trace the history of our names and find out what each name’s journey can tell us about ourselves.
FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: PJ LIBRARY PROGRAMMING UNITS

This program will offer books and activities to engage young families with the theme of journeys.

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The 2018 Global Day of Jewish Learning will take place on Sunday, November 11

This year’s theme is “Extraordindary Passages: Texts and Travels”. What are the journeys that matter most to us? From ancient adventures to the modern diaspora, spiritual to physical, experience the journeys of individuals and the Jewish people.

Our individual journeys begin when we tear ourselves away from the state of aimlessness. This is the first step…Clearly, at this stage one does not fully understand the significance and future consequences of the spontaneous first step into the unknown. Only later does one reach a degree of maturity and self-knowledge that gives an understanding of the road taken. [This] is the departure from material and spiritual nothingness in the direction of a new and as yet unknown destination…

— Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, “The First Step”

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Past Years’ Curricula

2017: Beauty & Ugliness

2016: Nature

2015: Love

2014: Heroes & Villains

2013: Creating Together

2012: Blessings & Gratitude

2011: Shema

2010: Ta'anit

The 8th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning took place on November 12, 2017, exploring Beauty & Ugliness. Asking tough questions about beauty, ugliness and perception can teach us about gender dynamics, social power, self-worth and control from narratives in Jewish texts.

Access the 2017 curriculum and learning materials

Watch the recordings of the 2017 Global Day ON AIR video series.

The 7th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning took place on November 20, 2016. The theme was Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations, which explored our world and nature.

Access the 2016 curriculum and learning materials

Watch the recordings of the Global Day ON AIR, the live webcast series.

The 6th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning was on Sunday Nov 15, 2015. The theme was Love: Devotion, Desire & Deception, focusing on the many facets of love, in our Jewish texts and in our modern lives.

Access the 2015 curriculum and learning materials

2014 curriculum thumbThe 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.

Access the 2014 curriculum and learning materials

2013 curriculum thumbThe 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.

Access the 2013 curriculum and learning materials

2012 curriculum thumbOn 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.

Access the 2012 curriculum and learning materials

Would you like to learn more? Click here to download the cumulative Global Day 2012 Report.

2011 curriculum thumbGlobal 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.”

Access the 2011 curriculum and learning materials

2010 curriculum thumbThe 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.

Access the inaugural curriculum

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Video Learning Series: Global Day ON AIR

The Global Day’s annual live video learning series is a now ready-to-use resource for adult Jewish learning. Make Jewish texts accessible to your community – any day of the year – with video content.