Are you looking for ways to keep your students more engaged?

Would you like to:

😍 Reach every student

😍 Instill a passion for Torah and Yiddishkeit.

😍 Develop creative thinking and analytical skills

😍 Foster collaboration and empathy in the classroom

You want self-motivated kids who love learning Torah & doing mitzvahs.

Reach struggling students

“Educate a child according to his way.” Project-based learning helps you collaborate with your students to find the customized ways to learn that work best for them.  

Create a caring, creative culture in every classroom

Passion Projects turn every child into a compassionate, resilient leader who looks for problems to solve and people to help.  

Create Deep Connections to What They're Learning

Project-based learning helps your students connect to what they’re learning with deep and lasting hands-on engagement. 


Join other Jewish schools who are creatively changing the way kids learn so they love their studies and integrate what they learn! 

Unlock the Full Creative Potential of Your Students with Passion Projects Rooted in Jewish Values!

Bring Shine Your Light Leadership Academy to your school and get the full game-based curriculum, on-demand training, printable leadership & middos development games, challenges, posters, and journals PLUS monthly live coaching support for your staff from an experienced Jewish educator who has taught more than 4,000 students!

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Featured Member Schools

Are you passionate about chinuch?
Of course you are!

Do you wish your students were as passionate about learning as you are about teaching?

Try Passion Project-Based Learning!

Tap into the talents and passions of your students for transformational change!

Watch in delight as your students light up with excitement and become:

⭐ Excited about learning

⭐ Self-motivated learners

⭐ Caring, capable, creative leaders

⭐ Collaborative problem-solvers

Shine Your Light Leadership Academy

A Game-Based Program That Fits into EVERYTHING You Teach!

Curriculum Support

Each month you’ll have templates, beautifully designed resources, and my help to plan your project-based learning activities at our Zoom Innovation Lab.

Passion Projects work well for Torah studies AND general studies. They are a great way to integrate both together!



Integrate Project-Based Learning the EASY Way!

I’ll show you the many ways you can use passion projects for assessment and fun and deep hands-on learning.


Social Emotional Transformation

You’ll have help and plenty of beautiful resources to guide your kids to create a caring culture in the classroom.

Every child needs to feel that they matter, that they are respected, and that what they do makes a difference.


Meet your Consultant

Hi, I’m Rae Shagalov,

Founder of Shine Your Light Leadership Academy,
Former School Librarian & Gifted Education Specialist at Emek & Yavneh Hebrew Academies (LA) for 20 years 

See that little girl next to me? That’s my granddaughter and she’s my “why.” My grandchildren – and all of the generations to come – are why I work so hard to make sure meaningful Jewish connection is at the core of everything we do.

I’ve been working in chinuch for over 20 years, team-teaching and supporting Torah & General Studies staff with integrating creativity, project-based learning, and 21st century skills into their core curriculum.

I strongly believe that Hashem has endowed us all with many gifts. My Passion Project is transforming education so that the gifts and talents of ALL children (and teachers) can be expressed in joyful, creative learning, in service of Hashem. I hope you’ll join me!
I’m here to help you.


With Hashem’s help, I’ll show you how you can make learning come alive with student-led projects woven into EVERYTHING you teach!

“Shine Your Light Leadership Academy” is a ready-to-implement program.
Use as standalone enrichment activities or add a fun and exciting,
hands-on experience to your core curriculum.


⭐ On-demand training

⭐ Print-and-Play Games & journals

⭐ Chesed project planning games

⭐ Middos & Talent challenges

⭐ Q & A PLUS mastermind Zoom sessions 

⭐ Monthly middos posters & activities

⭐ Extra curriculum planning support

⭐ Leadership & Goal-Setting Activities

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to  customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!

Shine Your Light Leadership games, journals & other resources show each child how to take charge of his or her own personal and spiritual growth – and integrate beautifully with your own lessons.

Perfect for Elul, the 49 days of counting the omer, or any time!

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to  customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!

The Investment to Implement
Shine Your Light Leadership Academy in Your School or Program:


Special discounted price of $770 for the Rebbe’s schools! Includes your annual schoolwide subscription plus the in-service training upgrade.

This will make it easy for you to find a sponsor for the Shine Your Light Leadership program – and I’m happy to speak to your sponsor about it, too!

This includes 10 months of staff support!

Let me show you what’s possible!


As a school librarian & gifted education specialist for over 30 years, I’ve mentored thousands of kids. Many children work on their self-directed projects over several months – or even years!

They develop their leadership abilities in real-life situations, helping others with their talents. Their self-esteem grows. They become transformed! And this transformation spills over into the classroom and home.


Here are just a few examples:

Independent Toy Drive
8 Year Old Girls

These girls had their first experience running a chesed (charity) project in Morah Malka’s 1st grade class collecting 700 coats for the poor. In 3rd grade they asked to run a toy drive for foster kids. They came in every day at recess for 2 months to work on it.

Then the Covid lockdown hit and the whole school went remote. The toys were locked in school. In May they contacted me. “Mrs. Shagalov, we have to finish our project!” On their own initiative, they wrapped and delivered the toys to the ICare Foundation, completing their project.

Engineering Talent
At Recess!

J.S is a gifted student with a strong engineering talent. Through his elementary school years, we encouraged him to design cities, bridges, marble mazes and many other design projects. When he began middle school, he persuaded us to get our first 3D printer in the Library Innovation Lab.

We put him in charge! He managed the entire program. He assembled and repaired the machines, directed his team, and  trained the teachers and 3rd-8th graders in 3D design for 3 years. Then he selected and trained his replacements when he graduated!


Noa is 8. She made this bracelet to remind herself of her spiritual goal for Elul.

Ben & David, age 8, worked together on a book about the mitzvah of honoring their parents.

Passion Projects are the very best way to transform thought into action!

Think you don’t have enough time for project-based learning?

The kids create these amazing projects in as little as 30 minutes a week in class, or 15 minutes a day at recess!

With G-d’s help, I’ve coached more than 4,000 children, women, and teachers to develop their creativity, talents, and leadership abilities through passion project-based learning and I want to show you how you can do it, too!

Here are some more examples!





Here are just a few examples of Passion Projects kids have actually done:

⭐ 1st Graders collected 700 coats for the homeless and put kind notes in the pockets

⭐ A team of four 6th Graders organized and ran the 3D printing program at their school FOR 3 YEARS!

⭐ A 9 year old boy researched and wrote a book to convince his uncle to quit smoking. P.S. It worked!

⭐ 2 third graders created a mitzvah campaign and generated over 1,500 mitzvahs in just one week!

⭐ A 7th grade girl redistributed leftover cafeteria meals as warm dinners for poor families - for 6 months!

⭐ A 10 year old published a book on Amazon - and it became a best seller!

⭐ A 6th grader ran lunchtime farbrengens and taught Tanya to his classmates

⭐ A 7 year old set a goal to be on time for school every morning. She organized her siblings to make it happen!

⭐ Three 5TH Grade girls investigated bug infested bushes on the school playground and found organic remedies to resolve it

⭐ The entire school invented 100s of Omer counters

…And so many more!

B”H this PROVEN unique transformational program has helped thousands of kids do amazing projects.
I can pretty much guarantee that with G-d’s help, you will see your kids do remarkable things, too!

It will change their lives and how they see themselves!

And your life will change, too!

I can’t wait to see the extraordinary things YOUR students will do in your school’s Shine Your Light Leadership program!

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to  customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!


This fills a gap and offers a solution that works with the system and helps kids, teachers, parents, everyone!

Chana Voola

Homeschooling Mom and author of Parsha Inspired, Tefillah Power and many Jewish workbooks for kids

So, how do you get started with Passion Projects?



Creativity in action is messy. There’s no getting around that.

In Shine Your Light Leadership Academy, I’ll show you how to set up and organize a pleasing, well-organized space that just invites creativity, focus, and delight – even if you have limited space!



Organizing Tips

Set up a creative environment that will become the hub of your home or classroom.


The Best Supplies

I’ll give you my list of the best, free & cheap supplies for creativity.


126 Project Tickets!

Your kids will have fun choosing project tickets and using their creative space responsibly.


Passion Projects!

I’ll show you how to use the Jewish Design Thinking Process to help kids choose who they want to help, and how to help in their own unique way.

PLUS I’ll show you how to weave passion projects into your curriculum!

It’s great for any age and perfect for bar or bas mitzvah age kids who want to do a meaningful project, doing what they love.



The Creator Cards Game

You will be amazed at the ideas your kids come up with when they start using the Creator Cards!


Mix-and-Match Project Cards

Your kids will enjoy choosing different combinations of chesed service projects and people to serve.


The Passion Fruit Game

They’ll earn Passion Badges by exploring the things they love. You’ll learn so much about your students!


Passionate Personal Growth!

Passion projects for kids as young as 6 foster a solution-driven emunah-based growth mindset.

Kids grow naturally into responsible teachers and creative leaders by designing amazing, life-changing projects that they love!

You’ll get access to the “Make Your Own Adventure” Kit & Course, featuring printable games, cards, posters, challenges & journals.



Talents & Strengths

The Talents Treasure Chest game will help your kids  recognize the greatness in themselves and others!


Middos Magic Planner

This planner kit will show your kids how to work on their own middos (character traits), set goals for personal improvement, and track their progress- independently!


Creative Kindness

They will have fun exploring many ways to develop their good nature while helping others.

Get instant access to

All of these printable resources & more!

These games show kids how to look
for community problems and create innovative solutions for them!

You will learn so many wonderful things
about who these precious neshamos are so you can focus on their positive qualities!

Passion Projects Build Authentic self-esteem from the inside-out!

Extra Support for Teachers!

You’ll have lots of support in our monthly Q & A sessions and in our wonderful community group.

With G-d’s help, we’ll help you with brainstorming, research, challenges, tech guidance, curriculum integration and motivation.



Monthly Live Innovation Lab

We’ll meet live on Zoom for start-up and ongoing support.


Includes Training and Q & A

Training and guidance on tech, project management  & more.


Whatsapp & Heartbeat Hub Networking & Support

Share and celebrate your class projects, network, collaborate with other teachers and schools. 



A Printable Game Kit for Kids

Our Kids Are a Unique Geulah Generation

We are so close to the revelation of Moshiach!
It could be a child’s Passion Project that brings the final Geulah.

In the Shine Your Light Leadership Academy logo, there’s an alef inside the shining star. This represents the statement of the Rebbe, “If all you know is alef (the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet), then teach alef!” 

Thank G-d, I’ve had the privilege to help thousands of kids teach, create, and share what matters most to them – like the two 3rd graders who created a mitzvah packet and generated more than 1,500 mitzvahs in their school in one week – and so many more!

I can’t wait to show you how you can do it, too!

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!

Bonus #1 


On Whatsapp or Our Heartbeat Hub


Meet and brainstorm with other creative families and educators

Gallery of Passion Projects

Submit your kids’ projects to our gallery to inspire us all!

Accountability & Motivation

Share your goals with us for momentum.

Brainstorming & Resource Sharing

You don’t have to do it alone! Our supportive community will help you!

Bonus #2


Each month you’ll be able to download & print themed posters and challenges including Character Trait of the Month!

Bonus #3


Download & print my calligraphy artnotes each month from classes given by leading educators to inspire you – PLUS new training & project ideas!

You can give them to your staff for inspiration!

Bonus #4

Loads of Support!

Monthly Q&A

Community Coaching

Private Coaching Upgrade Option

Curriculum Integration for Teachers

Guidance for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Project Reviews

Bonus #5


If you don’t see a Passion Badge, Talent Jewel, or Character Trait Medallion that you need, you may request one each month be made especially for you – all in accordance with Torah values.


For New Passion Projects


Personal Growth


Talents & Strengths


Middos & Character Traits

Just look at some of the benefits of Passion Projects for kids:

⭐    Kids become the very best of who they are – even if they’re not doing well in school!

⭐  They create happy, meaningful and rewarding lives – in partnership with G-d.

⭐  They experience real-life leadership & practical skill-building projects – starting at age 6!

⭐  They gain entrepreneurial skills of innovation, creativity, resilience, grit & critical thinking – through real-life experience.

⭐  Passion Projects build self-confidence – authentically.


The steps are clear and I love how Hashem is included! I did this with my 9 & 6 year old daughters. I never thought to ask my kids these questions and it was really special. My 9 year old made a neighborhood nature guide and my 6 year old made sight word cards for other new readers like herself.

Chana Voola

Homeschooling Mom and author of Jewish workbooks for kids

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to  customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!


Ask about our curriculum support, in-service training, parent training & all-school discount! 


Day Schools

Afterschool Programs



Hebrew Schools

Supplemental Schools

Synagogue Programs


At-Risk Programs

Are You Meeting the Needs of Your Gifted Students?


Giving a gifted student more busy work is NOT going to motivate them.

It’s going to turn them off. They have many interests and passions and crave multi-faceted projects.


Do you have students who are smart but under-challenged? Always a step or two (or more) ahead of the class?

You’re a great teacher and you don’t want to just give your gifted and talented kids more worksheets.

Super smart kids come with their own particular set of challenges. It’s a very different kind of special needs.

I can help you with this!

I have more than 20 years of experience as a gifted education specialist and I can’t wait to help you integrate Passion Projects – especially for your gifted kids who need this kind of challenge the most!

Find out how you can bring this program to your school or Chabad House!

Let’s discuss how to customize it for your school and program needs.

Let’s get started!

Kids Love to Teach!

Did you like to play school when you were a child?

Kids naturally love to teach what they’re learning – it’s one of their favorite Passion Projects – and it’s one of the very best ways to learn what YOU are teaching them in a deeper and long-lasting way. I’ve had the privilege to guide hundreds of students to take what they’re learning and teach it to others – starting at age six!

It’s also a great way to assess what they’ve learned – much better than tests! I just can’t wait for YOU to see how wondrous it is to put your students in charge of their learning with Passion Projects!

Let’s get started!


Frequently asked questions

What age is this for?

Shine Your Light Academy will appeal to kids and teens ages 6 & Up and younger gifted children, too. Younger children can also do this with adult help. Passion Projects are a wonderful activity for everyone to get to know what means the most to them and to do great things together – teachers too!

How many copies of the games can I print?

School licenses are valid for as many as you need for one classroom or all classrooms in one school building, depending on the license you choose. School licenses are renewable annually. Parents need to purchase their own memberships for home use at -These files are for non-commercial use only and may not be distributed for free or for any form of compensation outside of the terms of this license.

Please reach out to  if you have any questions about schoolwide licenses or consulting.

How long do Passion Projects take?

Classroom projects can be done in one or more 40-60 minute periods or in shorter 30-minute weekly sessions over time, depending on the complexity. For individual passion projects, that totally depends on the kids. It can take 5 minutes, a week, 6 months off-and-on, a year, or it can become a lifelong pursuit. That’s the beauty of Passion Projects! They open up the lifelong joyful passions and life mission of the child.

How much work is this going to be for me?

When kids are self-motivated in the direction of their passions, THEY do all the work, not you. Your job as mentor is to help facilitate in the beginning and if they ask for help. Some kids will need more help than others getting started. Mostly you’ll be having meaningful discussions that will deepen your connection to your kids and to the learning. We provide you with the materials you need so all you have to do is print them. With our Curriculum Integration template, your planning can take less than half an hour.

Will I get immediate access to my downloads?

After you make your purchase, you’ll receive an email with an invitation to our Academy Heartbeat Hub where you can download your printables and take the Make Your Own Adventure course that shows you how to use the games. Please allow 24 hours to gain access. If you don’t receive your log-in email, check your spam or promotions folder. If you don’t see it, please email: so we can take care of that for you.

Do you have a guarantee?

Yes. You have 14 days to look around the Shine Your Light Leadership Academy resource Heartbeat Hub online and if you find it doesn’t suit you, you may request a refund. If you received the Make Your Own Adventure Kit Box, the cost of the kit will be deducted from your refund.

Do you offer Shine Your Light Leadership Academy for parents too?

Yes! Parents and individual teachers can enroll at | PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS OF SERVICE | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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