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.
The 2018 Curriculum will be available for registered communities – sign up for first access to the Curriculum and more!
This year’s Curriculum units include:
- 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.
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
2014: Heroes & Villains
2013: Creating Together
2012: Blessings & Gratitude
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.
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.
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.
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’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.