Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies

MEF believes in empowering every student to be an independent and inspired Torah learner. The Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies set the communal learning guidelines for Chumash classes in elementary schools. Created by leading Chinuch professionals, the innovative Standards ensure student success, by giving teachers the knowledge and resources to create clear Chumash learning goals, along with the steps for students to meet them.

  • Shift the focus from coverage to skills.
  • Enable authentic assessment and data based instruction.
  • Allow teachers to track the progress of every student.
  • Can be adapted across grade levels and school types.
  • Are acclaimed by top professionals and used in Jewish schools around the world.
Educators utilizing Zekelman Standards resources
Students benefit from standards-based Chumash learning

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More Resources


The Zekelman Standards come along with a treasure trove of resources for teachers, including worksheets, assessments, foldables, flashcards and other interactive activities. The resources unpack the expected skills in the standards and help facilitate success for each student, at each stage of their Chumash learning journey.

To view hundreds of resources visit zekelmanstandards.org.

Training and Consultation

Whether you are a teacher, school leader or administrator, you can also access targeted training and consultation to help you implement the Zekelman Standards in your school and classroom.

Contact us to find out about consultation and other resources.

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 “I have never seen anything like it. These standards break down Chumash study into actual textual study skills with proper scope and sequence for development.”

Mrs. Chany Okunov, Head of School, Mazel Day School, Brooklyn, NY

“The teacher training program opened my eyes to a world of tools and techniques that I could use and develop to become a much more effective teacher. The TTP laid out a roadmap to classroom excellence and gave us the opportunity to discuss the techniques, to internalize them, and to practice them in the work that we do both in the TTP classroom and in our own classrooms. I’ve seen tremendous change in how I approach my class on a daily basis as a result of the program.”

Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum, Principal, Cheder Menachem, Los Angeles, CA

“The Zekelman Standards saved my curriculum. It has given me the framework of what I am trying to do, where I am going, and the building blocks of how to get there.”

Mrs. Etty Silberstein, Director of Judaic Studies, Wolfsohn Girls High School, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Our School’s goal of using the standards is to ensure that the students have the skills appropriate to their grade level and to our delight, we see them gaining these skills.”

Rabbi Noach Kososfsky, Principal, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Longmeadow, MA

“Now my teaching and lesson planning are streamlined and focused. I am able to pinpoint what we are accomplishing – which skills are being mastered and which have to be retaught.”

Rabbi Elozor Fisch, Teacher, Cheder Menachem of Los Angeles, CA