Curricula

Voices of the Vigil: Washington, D.C’s Soviet Jewry Movement

Guided questions and interactive activities engage students in the advocacy that drove the Soviet Jewry movement in the mid-20th century and in strategies for advocacy that they can use in service of causes that move them today.

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Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

Split into two sections, this booklet guides students through the exhibition and then reflective questions encourage students to build their own “scrapbooks.” Also includes word puzzles. Maybe done using the physical or online exhibition.

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Chaplain Alexander Goode: Gave His Life for the Highest Duty

One of the famed "Four Immortal Chaplains," Rabbi Alexander Goode gave his life to save soldiers when the transport ship Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk during World War II. Focus is on the role of the military during periods of crisis and the ultimate sacrifice that some individuals chose to make in service to their country.

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A Dream Comes True: Washington-Area Teens and the Birth of Israel

Lesson materials focuses on the importance of teen social activism both then and now and the role that teens played in rallying public support of the new State. Educational focus on the history of the creation of the state of Israel and its relationship with the United States. Suitable for grades 5-12.

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Rosh Hashanah Penny Postcards

You and your students can step back in time to experience one of the ways in which Jews in Washington celebrated Rosh Hashanah in the late 19th century. By learning about Rosh Hashanah penny postcards, students will create a link to Washington’s Jewish past while preparing themselves to embark upon a new Jewish year.

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