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Digital Citizenship and Jewish Values

Course Developed by: Dr. Jack Lipinsky
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto

In today’s digital world, most students spend a surprisingly significant number of hours online each week. It is more important than ever that students understand ethical and safety-related concerns of the Internet so they might learn to make good choices online and become responsible digital citizens. Jewish day school students have the added benefit of being able to turn to the wisdom of Jewish sages and texts for insight on ethical and safe online behavior.

The OJSC online course, Digital Citizenship and Jewish Values, helps students consider what it means to be a good digital citizen and to explore the intersection between modern technology, Jewish texts, and Jewish values. The course empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our shared digital world. Each session will include an interactive discussion linking the themes and lessons studied that week to a Jewish text.

We currently offer 2 versions of this semester-long course:
• A standard version available to Grades 8-12. This course requires students to complete approximately 5 hours
of work per week.
• An abridged version specifically for grade 8 students. This version requires students to complete
approximately 1.5 hours of work per week.

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Dr. Lipinsky is Curriculum Leader of Jewish History at the Danilack Middle School of Toronto’s Associated Hebrew Schools. He also serves as Online Facilitator for Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust and Human Behavior for Teachers in a Jewish Setting course. Dr. Lipinsky has written an Israel engagement course and is working on a course on Canadian Jewish history that would be taught online in Ontario for Grade 11 students. He has published extensively on Canadian Jewish history. Dr. Lipinsky also serves as Principal of the Adath Israel Congregational School and Spiritual Coordinator of the Stashover Synagogue in Toronto.