August 2018FEATURE

Making Hebrew and Jewish Education a Game


By Carina Rock

Jewish Interactive is a global, cutting edge, nonprofit organization that is bringing “EdTech” to the world of Jewish Education. With offices in London, Israel, Johannesburg, and now San Diego County, Ji (Jewish Interactive), has been educating families, synagogues and schools with its leading apps, and educational content gamification platform called Ji Tap. The Ji Tap app is equipped with a free creation tool, where anyone can create games/interactive presentations/ebooks and add their knowledge creativity and expertise to the global Ji Tap platform. Jewish Education has never been so accessible and engaging!

Now that Ji is based in San Diego, the organization will be running workshops and events using the concepts of technology and gamification, Ji global, runs Hackathons, Intergenerational Events, Mommy and Me’s and JSTEM (Jewish STEM) programming, and Jewish Interactive San Diego is looking forward to organizing tailor-made events for its new home. Ji’s first local initiative is to have two schools participating in Ji’s national Interdisciplinary Game Design Project and Study funded by the Avi Chai Foundation. San Diego Jewish Academy and Soille Hebrew Day School are working with Ji to measure the impact of JSTEM Project Based Learning on Jewish Studies by creating interdisciplinary Ji Tap games. The two cohorts of teachers lead by Shira Schaffer and Shirley Primosher at San Diego Jewish Academy and Danielle Arya and Sarah Shumate at Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School have been training and familiarizing themselves with Ji Tap over the summer. As Ji Ambassadors for their schools, these formidable teachers will be introducing gamification and game creation to their students empowering them to create quality games to share with the world. The Ji Tap games made by SDJA and Soille will be ready to share in December, 2018.

Parents are choosing Ji because it makes Hebrew and Jewish Education available to as many people as possible by giving any child anywhere free access to the JI collection of apps. Ji has transformed the way the Jewish people pass on the wisdom of our tradition by re-thinking the way we learn and share information. Ji breaks down complex ideas into teachable and shareable games which has leveled the playing field of global Jewish informational sharing, teaching and learning. We are a dynamic people that have always used the latest modes of communication to share our knowledge with our community. We are the people of the book, media, social media, blog and now with Ji Tap, the interactive educational game.


Carina Rock of Orot HaCarmel is heading the West Coast office for Ji at the Leichtag Commons Hive. To learn more about Ji and it’s projects here in San Diego or globally, email, visit the website at, and check out Ji Tap at


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