The Next Global Day of Jewish Learning will be on November 17, 2019

The 2019 Theme is “Speaking Volumes”

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This year’s theme is “Speaking Volumes”. From ancient arguments to modern meanings, from raising our voices to remaining silent, explore how and why words matter.

Words have power. They can create, they can harm or heal, they can explain or they can obscure. Even our silences can speak volumes. This year, communities around the world will join together to discuss words and their impact on our lives, using Jewish texts as a starting point for conversations. Explore the power of words by asking questions like:

  • How can we learn through disagreements?
  • How is silence a form of speech?
  • In what ways do words have the power to affect the world around us?

Bring your community closer together by adding your voices to the generations of debate that have come before us. Rabbi Steinsaltz writes:

The meaning of a word has a power of its own. Words give us the enormous power of transferring ideas to others, even as words help us formulate ideas in ways that we ourselves can grasp. When we understand words- not as history or as a dictionary definition, but as living entities- we grasp both the power and the limits of words, that is the basis of a new relationship with our own ideas.

— Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, Simple Words

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You can also learn any time throughout the year! Check out year-long learning resources here.

The full 2018 curriculum, videos, resources and guides are available to the public now.
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Past Years’ Curricula

2018: Journeys

2017: Beauty & Ugliness

2016: Nature

2015: Love

2014: Heroes & Villains

2013: Creating Together

2012: Blessings & Gratitude

2011: Shema

2010: Ta'anit

The 9th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning took place on November 11, 2018, with the theme of Extraordinary Passages: Texts and Travels, exploring the journeys that matter most to us.

Access the 2018 curriculum and learning materials

Watch the recordings of the 2018 Global Day ON AIR video series.

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.