Webcases of Jewish Teaching and Learning

Teachers tend to teach in the ways that they were taught, and often are limited by their abilities to envision alternatives.

  • How can they expand their pedagogical horizons?

  • What if it were possible to visit vibrant Jewish studies classrooms across the country or across the world?

  • What if it were possible to see multiple models of the thoughtful teaching of parashat ha-shavua (the weekly Torah portion), or Mishnah or the book of Isaiah?

  • What if these visits were not just glimpses of a classroom in action, but systematic explorations of an accomplished teacher's practice, complete with reflections on her goals, insights into her planning and samples of her students' work?

The selection below highlights the many ways webcases can make visible what goes on in a classroom between a thoughtful teacher and a group of learners.


Jocelyn Segal

Presents the teaching of Jewish values in a general studies third-grade day school classroom through guided Jewish text study in havruta (text study in student pairs). It grows out of the work of the Beit Midrash Research Project, directed by Orit Kent.

Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Developed during a fellowship at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Shira Horowitz

This case, about Shira's teaching at South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Stoughton, Massachusetts, explores the question, "How can I teach Torah to young children in a way that respects the integrity of the text and the developmental and individual needs of my students?" Produced by the Mandel Center.

Challenging Jewish Identity: Integrating Jewish Studies into the Humanities Classroom

Judy Shulman and Elizabeth Sharkey

This case, which documents a unit of a seventh grade humanities teacher at a community day school in Palo Alto, California, explores how the teacher encourages her students to question and shape their Jewish identity within the context of her general studies curriculum.

About Case Studies

Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Jon A. Levisohn

Published online in “Shmoozing About Education,” from the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora available through Open Access in ScholarWorks.

Research Behind Case Studies at the Mandel Center