OU Synablog

Efficient Ways to Prepare a Shiur

June 16, 2015


Rabbi Einhorn’s SynaBlog is a new innovative blog that shares tips, tactics, strategies and best practices that enable Shul growth and promote Shul vitality.


Preparing a class is often in the domain of the Rabbi, but a good synagogue is able to widen the net so that it encourages its lay leaders to teach. What follows are some resources to help you prepare aclass in a short amount of time. However, it is your job to make the material dance of the text.

Websites of power:

1. Hebrew Books

Multiple ways to use this website:

  • Shas feature
  • Rambam database
  • Search engine

2. Daf Yomi Advancement Forum

  • English with insights to the daf

3. Virtual Beit Midrash

  • Plenty of material in the Har Etzion tradition.
  • A wide array of topics.

4. OU Torah & YU Torah

  • Each Rosh Yeshiva/Maggid Shiur has a different style. Learn how to use each for different purposes.

5. Sefaria

  • A wonderful and relatively new way to collaborate on source sheets with other scholars. Their ever growing database adds an exciting new touch to teaching Torah.
  • In my opinion the most powerful part of this website is the user friendly algorithm that helps you create a Source Sheet.


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Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn is a Musmach of Yeshiva University. He has served as the founder of WINGS a Synagogue Consulting group. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Rabbi Einhorn was the Rabbi of Manhattan’s West Side Institutional Synagogue where he helped grow the membership by 70% over 4 years. Currently, he is the Rav and Dean of Yeshivat Yavneh.