Umka D’Liba aims for schools to invest more resources into the fundamental principles of Judaism, and to give those core values and beliefs a more central place in the curriculum. Most importantly, teachers and other educational staff in the schools must deepen their own knowledge and develop more effective, professional methods for planning lessons.
Umka D’Liba develops educational content by involving educational organizations or agencies that “speak the language” of baalei teshuva (Jews who were raised nonreligious and chose Orthodoxy later in life) to develop content that is appropriate for youth who grew up ultra-Orthodox.
Additionally, Umka D’Liba provides professional development for teachers, training them to deliver the content: familiarizing them with the ideas, teaching lesson-planning skills and providing tools for inspiring, meaningful lessons.
Currently 37 boys’ and girls’ high schools participate in the program, from across the spectrum of ultra-Orthodox schools in the Education Ministry’s ultra-Orthodox track: well-established yeshivot, girls’ seminaries, Chabad yeshivot, Breslov yeshivot, yeshivot in the chardal (ultra-Orthodox Zionist) sector and more.
To involve your school in the program, contact the superintendents of the Ministry of Education’s Ultra-Orthodox school system.