Etgar Overview

Thank you for your interest in Project Etgar and Etgar Yesodi!

Our educational programs were created by the Melton Research Center of the Jewish Theological Seminary to attend to the innovations and challenges emerging in the early decades of the 21st century. Educators across a diverse range of congregational and day schools settings are using our educational programs to engage students through active learning, meaningful Judaic content, and deep personal reflection. Each program is supplemented by ongoing support for teachers.

Etgar Yesodi is a 3rd-5th grade curriculum with an integrated approach to teaching Judaics. Its three-year scope and sequence invites students to find personal meaning in their Judaism through a variety of learning modalities, including text study, art, music, writing, projects, and other hands-on experiences. We encourage you to find out more about Etgar Yesodi and to sample our Rosh Hodesh unit.

Project Etgar, a curriculum created especially for middle school students (Grades 6-8), builds on students' prior knowledge and experiences while promoting new learning. It empowers them to articulate positive Jewish identities with pride, while adding breadth and depth to their understanding and observance of Judaism. By continually addressing students’ developmental needs, Etgar schools throughout the country create a positive, productive Jewish learning experience. Using the Etgar curriculum, teachers act as directors, leaders, and guides in the learning process. Click here for more information about the curriculum.

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