Coronavirus: A message from Torah Umesorah

COVID19 HAS UNITED KLAL YISRAEL in unprecedented ways. We resolve to remain אחד בלב אחד כאיש in the way we protect the התורה לימוד of our children.

Torah Umesorah is working to address the educational needs we face at this moment. Our goal – to ensure that every Chinuch institution across the globe has the tools and support to continue teaching students outside of the school walls.

A SUPPORT AND RESPONSE SITE has been developed and is available through Chinuch.org. This site will assist educators and parents in managing this Chinuch scenarios by providing materials for download while students are at home. We thank the institutions and individuals who have shared their materials for this purpose. Our top priority is to maintain highest levels of kedusha in the homes. To that end, phone resources are being made available.

There are six sections on the website which contain valuable resources and information:

Chizuk & Perspectives: Chizuk in audio and video format from Gedolim, Rabbonim and health professionals, provide crucial guidance and perspective in these times of uncertainty.

Print and Learn: Grade level materials carefully selected by experienced educators to supplement your curriculum.

Learning Options for Schools: A directory of options for developing and managing programs for remote learning such as online and phone teleconferencing.

Additional Resources: A selection of learning resources from a variety of reputable sources.

Networking: Shared secure space for educators to share challenges and solutions.

Tehillim: A place for names to be submitted and recommended perakim in a printable packet.

ספר החינוך describes how השקל מצות מחצית provides equality for each and every member of Klal Yisrael; as this mitzva requires an equal contribution from every member of Klal Yisrael. Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein1 extends this idea to include the “ תפקיד ” that each person faces at each moment in their lives. Sometimes, the תפקיד is not clear. At this moment, we can all agree that the תפקיד is quite clear. Despite the challenges of efficiency, we find ourselves, in these days between Purim and Pesach that are normally devoted to other tasks; we are now solely focused on how to continue the Chinuch פי טהרת הקודש על of תנוקות של בית רבן outside their regular quarters. Klal Yisrael has always shown their resilience and ability to withstand the test of the moment. This period will also אי”ה show the will of the people in general and the capacity of מחנכים in particular, to continue our .מסורה

יהי רצון שתשרה שכינתך במעשה ידינו

We are grateful to announce the launch of the Chinuch Phone teleconference learning system in two incremental stages.

Stage 1offers every educator immediate access to a uniform teleconference system, easily managed by each school/teacher.

Stage 1 Features:

Teacher as host ensures a seamless listener experience; no beeps or ‘mute yourselves’ necessary.

Live option – this option records the class with playback access available for students who may have missed the lesson/review.

Pre-recorded option – teacher prerecords the class as an easy voicemail.

Stage 2 options will become available if remote learning becomes the school’s longer term plan. Features will be customized on the app level on an as-needed basis.

Stage 2 Features:

Data for every call – attendance, tracking student participation.

An interactive experience – opportunities to “raise your hand” with questions or respond to multiple choice

Automatic responses to data – email/text notification for missing students/number of participants

This Torah Umesorah Chinuch Phone system was made possible through generous contributions from Eichlers of Boro Park, Menucha Classroom Systems and Kangaroo Partners

To register your school choose from the options below:

1.Fill out the attached spreadsheet and email it to [email protected]

2.Register your school at www.turesponse.org/phone After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to use the phone system.

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