New digital market makes Jewish education accessible globally
(October 8, 2021 / JNS) A new digital market aims to make pluralistic and diverse Jewish learning experiences and talented Jewish educators accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection.
Known as Truvie, a play on “Lucky Find” in French, the online platform is powered by The Jewish Education Project.
It will offer a range of experiences reflecting the dynamic and evolving nature of Jewish education, from Jewish history or Jewish texts to Minecrafting a sukkah, and a virtual Jewish guitar jam circle to explore Torah using the circus arts.
The online marketplace offers synchronous Jewish education for children in Kindergarten to Grade 12, with an initial three-month beta period launching Oct. 18 for grades 3-8.
“We have an incredible opportunity to reach and involve tens of thousands of families and children who do not have access to existing Jewish education options,” said Susan Wachsstock, program manager for the Jewish Education Project. “While face-to-face education in a vibrant community is irreplaceable, the pandemic has amplified both the need for digital options and the opportunity that these options provide for more learners to do so. experience of meaningful and inspiring Jewish education. We are excited about the possibilities that Truvie brings to just about any Jewish family.
Inspired by the Outschool educational platform and curated for a modern, multidimensional Jewish population, Truvie is primarily designed to reach children who are not engaged in any form of Jewish education.
It will allow both individual educators and organizations to offer short courses in which learners register for a series of weeks rather than a full school year or semester. Teachers will have the freedom to create the courses and content they want to teach when they want.
“We have learned over the past year and a half that while various educational platforms have unique qualities, they all reflect the fundamental belief that the consumer will choose what works for them,” adds Wachsstock. “We wondered if we could design a market for Jewish education that would similarly support the level of choice, convenience and flexibility built into these platforms. We believe that Truvie is the realization of this vision as a market supporting pluralism, excellence and diversity.
The Jewish Education Project notes that the program may fill a void, as some studies estimate that less than 50 percent of young Jews currently attend a religious or day school. On a large scale, Truvie will offer a scalable selection and an endless number of live streamed courses, as well as a feature set for camps, congregations, TCGs and other institutions looking to take advantage of technology and development. ‘an open market.
Truvie-approved educators have extensive experience in Jewish history, language, the arts, music and more, and represent the breadth of Jewish identity and affiliation.
“We know that Jewish education must continue to adapt to remain relevant and meaningful in people’s lives,” adds David Bryfman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project. “Looking to the future, we innovate and create Jewish education resources, experiences and platforms to support Jewish educators in all kinds of settings that will allow so many young Jews and their families to thrive in the world today. “
Truvie is funded in part by the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF).