When I hear the word nonprofit, I don’t usually think of technology and apps.
In the age of digital media and, in many respects, digital communities, Jewish organizations need to continue to find the tools that respond to current interests, technological opportunities, while remaining true to the Jewish traditions of educating and inspiring the next generation.
Thankfully, albeit slowly, more Jewish organizations are pushing the envelope by redefining the classic definition of engagement. These organizations and agencies are bridging the gap between classic Jewish education and the technology available to ensure that Judaism remain relevant and engaging to future generations.
With chanukah around the corner, many are polishing their silver menorahs, fine tuning their dreidel skills and finding the tastiest jelly donuts. In the spirit of keeping the flame of the Jewish tradition alive, I decided to search for some of the best Channuka apps out there that offer a specific focus on educating, inspiring and kindling the flame within our children.
Before my review, I’d like to say that the future of Jewish education looks very bright if these apps are the beginning stages of merging technology and Jewish education.
My Menorah App
Geared for 2-5 year olds. This app is probably the most comprehensive available. Children can spin the dreidel to choose a color for the candles, set up the Menorah, light their own animated Menorah and sing all the Channukah songs. In addition to teaching kids fundamental skills, during Channukah this app will be sharing to its users via its social channels and blog, a daily packet of supporting materials (infographics, activities, videos) for parents to maximize the 8-day holiday as an opportunity to teach children about core Jewish values.
My Menorah is available for PC, Mac, Android, and Apple
Clearly, Jewish Interactive understands the space. Originally a South African organization, now this global organization has expanded its efforts to include the US and UK.
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