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Welcome to Etgar Yesodi

A New Curriculum for the 21st Century


Our goal is to create a curriculum for Jewish elementary-aged learners that will have a major impact on their developing understanding of Judaism and Jewish life. The curriculum links Jewish values, moral development and spirituality with experiential learning, technology and family involvement. The curriculum seeks to connect children with the textual, ritual and artistic sources of Jewish life, while encouraging their curiosity , imagination and expression. The goal is for children to emerge with a “vocabulary” of Jewish life that goes beyond words, and which informs their sense of what Judaism contributes to their lives, and what they can contribute to the world around them.

We invite you to read about our curriculum and try Unit 3 Rosh Hodesh and the Jewish Calendar Unit with your students. Everything you need to complete the unit is available on the wiki. The collateral materials, worksheets, instructional materials, visuals are offered in PDF format. If you would like to modify the materials for your students click on "Resources That You Can Modify" to get the documents in their original Word or PowerPoint format. You can then edit them for you and your students.




Etgar Yesodi was created under the auspices of the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
It was developed by:

  • Dr. Deborah Miller, Project Director, Associate Director Melton Research Center for Jewish Education
  • Debbie Kerschner, Project Manager
  • Shira Hammerman, Head Curriculum Writer and Professional Development Consultant
  • Shirah Rubin, Arts Consultant

Etgar Yesodi was funded by a generous grant from the Covenant Foundation


Copyright 2011 Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary. Experimental Edition