Jewish Values: A Journey of Discovery

Shalom Learning’s values-based curriculum includes the core components of Jewish education while connecting Jewish values to students’ own real-life experiences, so students will love learning about being Jewish!

Each value kickstarts the exploration of Jewish texts, history, and holidays. It's a chance for students to think about how they can live out the value and explain what it means for their own lives. This deepens their ties to Jewish learning and global Jewish communities. They get to dive into various Jewish identities and grasp the significance of Judaism for Jews everywhere.


birthday-cake 10 - 12 year olds
users 5 - 10 learners per meeting
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Course Details


This eight-session course will explore the following Jewish Values:

  • B'tzelem Elohim (in the image of God) - Honoring the image of God in ourselves and others
  • Gevurah (inner strength) - Using one's inner strength to do what is good and right; the holiday of Hanukkah

This program is designed for children who are not currently enrolled in a Jewish educational program. 

Supply List

Students should have access to general writing and drawing instruments.
Desktop computer or laptop is preferred over mobile devices for ease of typing and online participation.


Ilissa Nelsen
Ilissa Nelsen is an experienced and dedicated Jewish educator with over 34 years of experience in teaching Hebrew, B'nai Mitzvah, Judaic Studies, and serving as a Youth Group Coordinator. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. In addition, she has also studied at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where she focused on Jewish Education and Administration. Ilissa is based in Florida and is a mother of four. She is an inspiring teacher, successfully engaging students of all ages and grades in meaningful and transformative learning experiences. Furthermore, she has recently added B'nai Mitzvah officiating to her repertoire, demonstrating her continued commitment to serving the Jewish community.