Since the attack on Israel on October 7, Jewish educators in all settings have been called to teach about Israel in unprecedented and challenging ways. Whether you are educating students about antisemitism, teaching the history of the conflict, providing emotional support, or are struggling yourself to understand what is happening and how to teach about it, we are here for you.

This resource collection provides practical tools and guides for educators to help learners engage with what is happening in age- and setting-appropriate ways, as well as support for educators.

What is this collection missing? Let us know at educator@jewishedproject.org

Webinars and Podcasts from The Jewish Education Project

A window-shaped artwork, set in a wall in a street in Jerusalem.
On Demand

Explore cultural content created by Israelis since October 7th to share with your learners.

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On Demand

A webinar recorded on Oct. 10, 2023 to provide guidance for educators and parents.

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On Demand

See a recorded webinar on best practices for working with teens at this unprecedented time.

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On Demand

Watch to hear from leading voices from the field of Israel education and embrace the call to action.

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In the wake of devastation coming out of Israel, Jewish educators have been grappling with how to best communicate the events unfolding with their students.

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The Jewish community is still reeling from the massacre that Hamas carried out in Israel over one week ago.

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Understanding and Processing What is Happening

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FAQs to deepen understanding of the current situation in Israel and Gaza. Created by The iCenter.

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Why Israel Must Destroy Hamas

This current war will ensure that both Israelis and Gazans can have a future free of terror.

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A short explainer of the events of October 7th, 2023 from The Times of Israel

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A fact sheet from the Israeli-American Council on the events of October 7th, 2023

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A resource page from Unpacked for Educators

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An article with information for educators and prompts for learners

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Help students process violence, terror, and the loss of life in the wake of attacks in Israel and Israel's declaration of war against Hamas.

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Educational Resources for Addressing Israel at War

The horrific attack on Israeli citizens and the ongoing fighting, and news of family and friends who were killed or are still missing has left the entire Jewish world reeling. These practical resources and activities aim to help (yourself and) your students during these trying times.

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Explore stories that bring forth the voices of different sectors of Israeli society. By The iCenter.

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5 open resources from JTeach.org for teaching/discussing the current crisis in Israel.These resources range in ages from very young to teens, and can be used in any setting. 

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A special podcast episode

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An ADL Education explainer of the events of October 7th, 2023

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Parents and small child looking out at sea

A recoding of a recent webinar from The Orchard for Early Childhood Educators.

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An article by Dr. David Bryfman about how educators are responding to the events in Israel.

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A description of the webinar and photos of its participants: Professors Yaron Ayalon, Ken Stein and Jonathan Rynhold

Three scholars of the Middle East and modern Israel discuss the shock of the Hamas attack, the Israeli goals in the war, the U.S. response and future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The burned-out shell of the Sderot police station is seen Oct. 8, the day after the Hamas terrorist attacks. (By Yoav Keren, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

A collection of videos, webinars, timelines, analyses, suggested readings, maps, and educator guides relating to the Israel-Hamas War that began on October 7, 2023.

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Lesson plans, articles and other resources for Hebrew educators at this time.

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Map of southern Lebanon

Background on the current situation in Israel with respect to Gaza and beyond.

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war crimes

Are Israel’s current actions towards Palestinians in Gaza actually war crimes according to the legal definition?

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Resources and communication suggestions for educators.

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Suggested actions, programs, prayers, and activities to do with students.

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A guide from the Institute for Curriculum Services.

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A toolkit of lessons and resources to help students navigate through this challenging time.

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gaza

The suffering has left Gazans with a sense of despair and a longing for a change in leadership.

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war3

We break down the devastating attacks from Hamas on Israel and the international response.

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Map shows sites of Hamas attacks on Oct. 7

This text timeline tracks the history of Hamas, including its wars with Israel.

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Hamas holds a rally in 2007.

Gain context for Hamas' Oct. 7 attack through a history of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement.

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Resources on the situation in Israel and Gaza from IEJE and The Jewish Education Project.

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Bring them home now

FAQ about the hostage crisis in the Israel-Hamas war. Created by The iCenter.

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musicians

Explore songs and stories of Israeli music in the dark days following October 7. Created by The iCenter.

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Palestinians

FAQ about the Palestinians as related to the Israel-Hamas war. Created by The iCenter.

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ICJ

FAQ about the charge of genocide being leveled at Israel during its war with Hamas.

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diary

An audio diary from Mor Maisel reflecting on life in Israel since October 7.

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Supporting Learners and Families

Letter writing

Show your support and solidarity by sending messages of deep caring.

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White dove in a city sky

A compilation of prayers and texts to mark this moment with learners.

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Three suggestions for solidarity with Israel for tweens and teens.

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Helping youth with trauma

This resource explores how traumatic events impact students' learning, behavior, and relationships.

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Struggling to know the best thing to say to someone who is grieving? Consider grief together.

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Dead flower

It can be challenging for a caregiver or educator to discuss the topic of death with children.

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A guide from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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What parents can do to aid children in processing grief and fear in a healthy way.

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A podcast episode about how to talk to kids when the news is unsettling.

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Prayer Text

A new prayer authored by Rabbi Mira Regev, a leader of the Reform Movement in Israel.

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A collection of resources to help support learners and families.

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As you support the teens in your life in processing recent events in Israel, choose one or more of the following poems to read or listen to together and discuss.

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Trauma can manifest itself in many forms. To help you navigate the current situation, we would like to offer the following suggestions and resources.

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Prayer During Wartime

Read and discuss a prayer written by Rabbi Moses Sofer (Chatam Sofer) and reflect on the power of prayer in difficult times.

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Jewish Solidarity and Responsibility

Explore texts and primary sources that highlight the idea of support and solidarity between Jewish people around the world in different times in history.

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Sharing Experiences Through Letters

Discover letters from the NLI's collections written by children during times of war and try to understand the writers' thoughts and emotions.

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Jewish text, conversations prompts and suggestions for how to apply Jewish teen philanthropy during a crisis situation.

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An article by Dr. Sivan Zakai about the events of October, 2023 in Israel

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This guide provides resources for teens to feel connected to and supported by other Jewish teens.

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A way of processing the current war through an exploration of Jewish texts and concepts.

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Responsible Social Media Consumption

Helpful tips to effectively educate others while also protecting your mental health.

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Engaging in Complexity

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Matti Friedman suggests how to identify credible resources to understand the complexity of Israel.

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Question Mark

This article explores how to have age-appropriate conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis. 

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Explore the challenges and opportunities in sharing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with children.

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An article to assist educators in speaking to both children and teens about the conflict in Israel.

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Words can make a difference

Share a letter or drawing that the National Library of Israel will send to Israeli soldiers/families to raise their spirits!

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The security wall's construction had significant effects on the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.

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Learning about the History of the Conflict

History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Jews want a state and the Palestinians want a state, so why not give them each a state of their own?

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Today’s armies are subject to international humanitarian law, national pressure and public scrutiny. Yet they must also uphold themselves to their own specific ethical and moral codes.

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A collection of resources to help learners think critically about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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What is Hamas?

Hamas – the terrorist group behind a wave of devastating suicide bombings and attacks in the 1990s and 2000s.

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Hamas’s Control Over Gaza

In 2005, Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza strip. What has been going on there since?

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What is Hamas and how did it arise as the sole power governing Gaza today?

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