Here at JOI, we are always excited to offer unique free materials to help Jewish communal professionals open the tent of their communities. This summer, JOI’s Big Tent Judaism Coalition has introduced a new tool to help families with young children instill the positive values and ethics found in our Jewish heritage, while creating quality time with their families: Torah Topics for Today.
Torah Topics are brief and meaningful conversation-starters drawn from the timeless stories/wisdom found in the Five Books of Moses, empowering parents to spark regular, relevant family discussions with almost no prep time or prior knowledge required.
Now, for the first time, we are able to offer Torah Topics for Today in hard-copy: a printed “starter set” of beautifully designed cards that include discussions about the first three weekly Torah portions, how-to instructions, and value questions. (Parents can then sign up to receive more weekly guides via email, free of charge, at www.TorahTopicsToday.com.)
In partnership with Fred Claar of Torah Topics for Today, the Jewish Outreach Institute is mailing organizations multiple Torah Topics starter sets, and so far over 100 organizations have requested the sets, which are sealed in a clear plastic envelope for easy distribution. There is no charge to receive the cards; we are only asking that organizations distribute some of them beyond the walls of their institutions in order to reach families not currently engaging in organized Jewish life. To support that goal, the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) will host a free webinar in late August, “Finding New People Through Giveaways in Secular Spaces,” for professionals and volunteers at all organizations who agree to distribute the starter sets.
Because the first three portions of the Torah Topics for Today starter set align with the first three Torah portions, we encourage organizations to utilize the flurry of Jewish communal activity before and during the September holiday season to distribute the cards. If you are interested in participating in this exciting, free initiative, or have questions about it, please email JOI communications associate Amanda Kaletsky here as soon as possible.
Those organizations who are members of the Big Tent Judaism Coalition will also be receiving a free Avery label template that they can customize to more easily place their name, logo, and contact information directly onto the envelop of each Torah Topic for Today starter set. For more information and to join the Big Tent Judaism Coalition, please click here.
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