Curriculum Guides 1994-2013
Date Subject Title Overview of Curriculum Guide Grade Level Setting Author

1994

 

History

First Century Judaism

To expose students to the diverse Jewish sects during the first century CE and explain how that diversity connects to today.

9-12

High School

Abrams, Richard Scott

1994

 

World Jewish Communities

Israel: Yemenite & Moroccan Jews

 

To introduce students to the Jews of Yemen and Morocco, in their native lands and in Israel.

5-7

Religious School

Bergenfeld, Elisa

 

1994

Prayer

The Shabbat Morning Service as Preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah

To explore the content and themes of prayers in the Shabbat morning service.

6

Religious School

Blonder, Renee Levine

 

1994

 

Bible

The Book of Exodus and Its Influence on Jews Today

To demonstrate how Jewish identity formed around the story of the exodus. Students will complete text study and apply their knowledge of the Bible to modern Judaism.

8

Religious School

Brot, Ilene Amend

 

1994

 

Prayer

The Shabbat Morning Service: Making it Relevant for 7th Graders

To explore concepts of prayer, including their meaning, theology, and relevance to students' lives.

7

Religious School

Carr, Kenneth Ira

 

1994

 

Rabbinic Text

Exploring The Midrash: A Response to the Human Dilemma

To examine midrashic collections seeing how biblical texts have been interpreted over time. Students will have the opportunity to create personal Midrash.

Adult

Adult

Chapman, Lesley

 

1994

Bible

Five Scrolls: A Guide to Living

 

To study the five megillot/scrolls with a focus on values, relationships, and interaction with God.

Adult

Adult

Cosden, Susan Ellen Halpern

1994

 

Life Cycle

Jewish Life Cycle in a Reform Context

 

To examine life cycle rituals focused on values, rituals, and a relationship with God and decide on personal observance.

5-7

Religious School

Davids-Levin, Aviva

 

1994

Comparative Judaism

 

The Origins of Hasidut

 

To expose students to the Hasidic history, culture, and belief system. To understand the process of change within a culture.

11-12

High School

Gropper, Tamara Lustgarten

1994

 

History

 

This Land is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

To grapple with the Jewish struggle to maintain identity and find acceptance in the United States of America.

9-12

 

High School

Jacobs, Jill Suzanne

1994

Rabbinic Text

Introduction to the Talmud and Rabbinic Texts

To introduce/study Talmud and rabbinic texts providing text skills and personal applications.

Adult

Adult

Langer, Lisa Beth

 

1994

 

Reform Judaism

Jewish Identity Through Reflection: A Look at the Platforms of Reform Judaism

To analyze the history (3 platforms) and present of Reform Judaism, providing opportunities to establish goals for living a Reform Jewish life.

9-12

High School

 

Litwak, Deborah A. Berkowits

 

1994

 

Bible

The Book of Genesis

 

To study the stories of our ancestors and formulate a personal theology and system of morals based on the text.

6-8

Religious School

 

Maayan, Cheryl Stiffman

 

1994

 

Rabbinic Text

A Study Guide for Adult Learners on Leviticus Rabbah

To study portions of Leviticus Rabbah in order to develop personal ethics, relationship with God, and a life of holiness.

Adult

Adult

 

Missaghieh, Michelle

 

1994

History

The Rabbinic Period

 

To introduce students to the history, sages, values, and texts of the rabbinic period.

6

Religious School

Palmer, Andrea

 

1994

 

Women/

History

A Journey Through History: The American Jewish Woman 1820 - present

To examine the Jewish female struggle to maintain identity and find acceptance in the United States of America.

 

9-12 Female

High School

Pessah, Amy Grossblatt

 

1994

 

Israel

Zionism: The Collision of Modernity and Judaism

 

To show how modernity changed the reality of Jewish life and led to the birth of modern Zionism. To examine the changing identity of Jews at the time and then reflect on personal identity.

6

Religious School

Schwartz, Katherine

 

1994

Bible

Leaders in the Bible: A Curriculum for Madrichim

To identify leadership qualities of biblical figures and establish personal leadership goals.

Madrichim in Training

Madrichim in Training

Segal, Maxine Handelman

 

1995

Comparative Judaism

Hasidic History, Hasidic Story and Creating the Spiritual Community

To understand and identify with the history, leaders, spirit, and values of the Hasidic community.

 

Adult

Adult

Joseph, Linda

 

1995

Israel

Biblical Historiography/ Geography of Israel

To study the geography of Israel in order to show the deep historic connection between the land of Israel and Judaism

5-6

Religious School

Simon, Laura Weiss

 

1996

Ethics/
Values

And Makes Us Holy... An exploration of Mitzvot

To see Jewish life as the pursuit of holiness and mitzvot as steps in that pursuit. To internalize the Reform process of informed choice and choose meaningful mitzvot.

7

Religious School

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro

 

1996

Women

Emerging Jewish Women's Rituals

 

To study the development and content of Jewish women's rituals (traditional and modern) demonstrating their significance.

Adult Female

Adult

Asch, Jennifer Rebecca Marx

1996

Bible

Teaching Genesis Through Story: A Curriculum for Second and Third Grades

To empower students by studying the stories and families in Genesis and comparing them to their own families. To explore the concepts of God and morals in Genesis.

2-3

Religious School

Flash, Allison B.

 

1996

Life Cycle

Jewish Lifecycle Rituals: Paths To Holiness

To study Jewish lifecycle rituals emphasizing connections to God, text, values. Students will compose lifecycle rituals.

Adult

Adult

Gropper, Daniel

 

1996

History

How Did We Get Here: A Look At American Jewish History During the 1880s-1920s

To expose students to a variety of the major American Jewish experiences of the 1880s-1920s in order to instill a sense of pride and identity.

8-12

High School

Kaufman, Jodi

 

1996

Bible

 

What do These People in the Bible Have to do with Me?

To explore the Biblical characters sense of humanity and morality in order to develop personal ethics.

7-10

High School

Lippe, Susan Elizabeth

1996

Ethics/
Values

Fostering Klal Yisrael Through Mitzvot Beyn Adam Lchavero

To connect mitzvot to our actions. To study and socialize with Jews from other synagogues.

12

High School

Lynn, Michelle Joy

1996

Holiday

Living Holidays for Jewish Adolescents

To explore, question, and understand the importance of Jewish holidays for both traditional and cultural Jews.

5-7

Religious School

Ross, Felicia Goodman

1996

Life Cycle

Exploring the Covenant in Jewish Tradition: A Guide for Parents of B'nai Mitzvah Students

To explore the concept of covenant in Jewish tradition and create personal connections to it. To develop a community among bnai mitzvah parents.

Adult Parents of Bnai Mitzvah

Adult

Sol, Felicia

 

1996

Life Cycle

The Jewish Lifecycle: How it Reflects Values of Community and Kedushah

To form connections to Judaism by understanding and experiencing traditional and modern lifecycle ritual. Emphasis placed on the concepts of kedushah, mitzvot, and connection to God.

4

Religious School

Somers, Stefanie Lichtman

 

1996

Bible

King David: Some Kind of Hero

 

To engage in text study of Samuel I & II in order to learn about the complexity of King David.

9-12

High School

Zweiback, Josh

 

1997

Teacher Resource

Re-Jew-vinate!! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Judaism

To provide an opportunity for teachers to study history, text, life cycle, calendar, and rituals.

 

Teachers

Staff Dev.

Ben-Naim, Elissa

1997

Prayer

The Weekday Morning Service: A Prayer Curriculum for Camps

To examine the meanings of prayers in the weekday morning reform liturgy.

5-7

Camp

Chizner, Lauren

 

1997

Identity

The Young Jewish Adult

To challenge and entice learners to further explore what Jewish learning and living have to offer.

Young Adult

Shabbat Dinner

Conyer , Allison Henteloff

1997

History

A Human Perspective on Judaism

To provide a closure to formal Jewish education by studying Jewish history and personalities.

10

High School

Conyer, Bryan

1997

History

The Golden Moments of Jewish History

To study five golden periods in Jewish history and empower students to create their own golden period.

10

High School

Hausman-Weiss, Scott

1997

Life Cycle

The Jewish Life Cycle Events

To study, experience, and feel connected to life cycle events.

8-10

High School

Komerofsky, Rachel Stern

1997

Israel

Zionist Thought, Jewish Values, & Jewish Identity

To engage students in the various ideas/writings of Zionist thinkers. To develop a personal relationship with Israel and think about the relationship between the USA and Israel.

9-12

High School

Kupetz, Jonathan F.

1997

Theology

God, Creator, Redeemer, Revealer, & Partner: A Curriculum for 3-4 Week Summer Camp

To study the concepts of God as creator, revealer, and redeemer and to begin to struggle with personal theology.

4-6

Camp

Lambert, Julie Beth Lebenson

 

1997

Identity

Exploring Masculinity and Jewish Meaning: A Curriculum and Resource Guide for Male Identity Development

To help young men develop a male Jewish identity based on Torah, God and Israel.

 

Adult Male

Adult

Marantz, Craig

 

1997

Prayer

Finding Prayer: A Curriculum for Meaning in the Prayer Experience

To examine and engage in prayer, while establishing a community of adult learners whose kids are bnai mitzvah.

Adult Parents of Bnai Mitzvah

Adult

Sacher, Birgit Mechanick

1998

Life Cycle

A Practical Guide to Living and Understanding Jewish Life Cycle

To examine seven life cycle events addressing personal, psychological, and modern needs.

9-12

High School

Brockman, Lori

1998

Prayer

Tefillah Time: A Prayer Curriculum for Kindergarten and First Grade

To introduce students to a prayer service focusing on the concepts of God, community, history, and spirituality.

K-1

Religious School

Cohn, Lauren Silverstein

1998

Prayer

Teaching Tefillah Through the Arts

To engage students in prayer and liturgy through the medium of drama, music, dance, and art.

9-12

High School

Harris, Vered

1998

Literature

Self-Stories: An Adult Study Guide on American Jewish Fiction

To read/discuss selections of American Jewish fiction and to struggle with personal identity development through the texts.

Adult

Adult

Hyman, Laura Bramson

1998

Bible

Remember the Going Forth From Egypt: A Curriculum Guide on the Exodus Narrative as our Master Story

To explore the "master story" of the Exodus to shed light on subjects like: Mitzvot, Prayer, Shabbat, Pesach, Shavout and Sukkot.

 

Family Ed.

Family Ed.

Lefkowitz, Ellen

 

1998

Israel

Israel: The Heart of a People

To develop a personal relationship with Israel by exploring Jewish historical and religious connections to the land.

10

High School

Marantz, Betsy Barth

1998

Israel

Exploring Contemporary Issues Facing Teens in Israel

To foster an interest and connection to Israel by studying the issues teens in Israel face.

10

Pre-Trip

Massey, Debra Sagan

1998

Ethics/
Values

An Adult Study Course in Jewish Civil Law

To study Jewish civil law (from Torah-Today) and apply the values to modern life. Topics include: business, property, family, public, and criminal law.

Adult

Adult

Moskovitz, Daniel

1998

Prayer

A Jewish Prayer Curriculum for Seventh Graders

To examine and experience prayer utilizing different tools.

 

7

Religious School

Rubin, Renee

1999

History

Divided We Fall: Life in Judea During the First/Second Centuries CE

To introduce students to the second Temple period, Rabbinic Judaism, and early Christianity by studying historical figures, sects, and institutions. To see Rabbinic Judaism as the foundation for today's diversity.

Copies of this guide are no longer available.

9-12

High School

Churgel, Michael S.

1999

Holocaust

Searching Out the Answers of Life: Teaching the Shoah from a Theological Perspective

To study the Holocaust through the lens of challenging theological questions.

9-12

High School

Hessel, Joui

2000

Comparative Judaism

A Comparative Survey of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, & Reconstructionist Judaism

To compare and contrast the four major denominations in America. To see how denominations fit into a larger historical canvas.

9-12

High School

Appelman, Amy Nicole Allee

2000

Life Cycle

We're Having a Jewish Baby: An Adult Education Curriculum for Those Expecting a Child or Currently in the Adoption Process

To provide couples or single women who are either pregnant or in the process of adopting a child with information (ritual, prayer, texts) on Jewish views and traditions on conception, pregnancy, adoption and birth. To establish a safe Jewish community for celebrating births and mourning any losses that might occur.

Adult New Parents

Adult

Brown, Sharon Amster

2000

Life Cycle

Death and Dying in the Jewish Tradition: A Curriculum Guide for Parent Education

 

To familiarize learners with traditional Jewish mourning practices and prepare them to carry out the mitzvot related to death and dying. To explore theology as it relates to death and dying and give parents the ability and confidence to speak about death with their children.

Adult Parents

Adult

Burg, Miriam Lisa Cotzin

 

2000

History

First Century Judaism

To expose students to Jewish history of the first century CE. Students will connect the Jewish diversity of that era with diversity today.

12

High School

Buyer, Melissa Fogel

2000

Holocaust

Ethical Dilemmas: An Analysis As Seen Through the Eyes of the Holocaust

To struggle with some of the ethical dilemmas faced during the Holocaust and apply these to personal experiences.

 

Adult

Adult

Delcau, Stacey Frishman

2000

Bible

Family Relationships of the First Jews: A Literary Approach to the Bible

To explore Genesis using the literary techniques of Robert Alter.

 

Adult

Adult

Freidman, Shayna Fisher

 

2000

Bible

Shir HaShirim- Ancient Love Poetry or the Holy of Holies

 

To unlock the enigma that surrounds Shir HaShirim by concentrating on Shir HaShirim as a universal love poem, as a religious text about Israel's love relationship with God, and as a universal text about relationships.

9-12

Camp

Hankin, Philip

 

2000

World Jewish Communities

Creating a Jewish Community in Canada

To examine the forces behind the Canadian Jewish community, enabling students in Canada to better appreciate and understand the past. The curriculum examines how Jews responded to their environment and to the obstacles placed in their path, and how despite these, they built a community.

5-6

Day School in Canada

Hronsky, Yuri

2000

History

Jewish and American: A Glimpse at the Past, A Glimpse at Ourselves

To examine the lives of various American Jews in order to better understand and identify with American Jewish history.

Adult

Adult

Lewald-Fass, Regina

 

2000

Ethics/
Values

Living Jewish Virtues: An Exploration of Midot

To explore Jewish virtues (between people/between people and God) with the understanding that observing virtues leads to a life of holiness.

5-6

Camp

Lewis, David J.

 

2000

History

American Jews in the Far West

To explore the choices American Jews in the far West made from the gold rush through the early twentieth century.

5

Religious School

Phillips, Julia C.

2000

Holocaust

The Role of Altruism in the Holocaust

To illustrate the value of altruism during the Holocaust and to explore ways to exemplify this value today.

9-10

High School

Reiser, Karen

2000

Bible

Turn it Again: Biblical Narrative through the Lens of Twelve-Step Recovery

To examine biblical narratives about struggle through the lens of recovery from substance abuse or other addictions.

 

Adult

Adult

Rosenberg, Lisa

 

2000

Comparative Judaism

Understanding Diversity Among Jewish Religious Practices and Customs as a Reflection of Cultural Differences

To better understand the multicultural dimension of Jewish religious law, practice, and custom among Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewry.

 

10

High School

Schechter, Sarah

 

2000

Prayer

Do You See What I See? A Curriculum Guide on Prayer for Parents of B'nai Mitzvah

To provide the language and structure for discussion about prayer with the intent of preparing parents for their child's special day.

 

Adult Parents of Bnai Mitzvah

Adult

Strok, Karen

 

2000

Holocaust

History of the Holocaust

 

To revisit the facts and functions of the Holocaust through actual documents and personal accounts in order to acquire a more comprehensive and complex understanding of this historical event.

12

High School

Vinnecour, Sheri

 

2000

History

Out of Many, We Became One or Not? A Curriculum Guide on the Waves of Immigration to America

To study different Jewish immigrant experiences and contributions in the United States to better understand the community around them.

5-6

Religious School

Weiss, Leonie

2000

Holiday

Recipe for Shabbat Shalom

To guide families through study about key Shabbat concepts so families can develop their own Shabbat rituals and observance.

Family Ed. for Parents with Young Children

Family Ed.

Zelkowicz, Tali Hyman

2000

World Religion

Christianity: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox

 

To provides high school students with a working vocabulary for use in discussion regarding other religions as well as helping them identify similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.

9-12

High School

Zimmerman, Rebecca

2001

Literature

American Jewish Literature: A Window to the Inner Lives of American Jews

To expose students to a variety of American Jewish literature in order to understand issues faced over time.

Adult

Adult

Baron, Beth

2001

Spirituality

Kedusha: A Discovery of the Holy

To explore textual and modern meanings of kadosh (holy).

Adult

Adult

Citrin, Karen Schram

2001

Rabbinic Text

Turning New Pages: Talmud for Adult Learners

To begin the study of Talmudic passages providing opportunities for personal exploration of Jewish identity and practice.

Adult

Adult

Clayman, Jennifer

2001

Life Cycle

Reaffirming our Covenants: A Course on Jewish Life Cycle for Mothers and Daughters

 

To reinforce our covenantal relationship with God as well as the relationship between mother and daughter. To learn how life cycle ritual lends structure to times of transition and confusion. To provide mothers and daughters the chance to ask questions and get to know each other as women.

Family Ed. Mothers/

Daughters

Family Ed.

Flores, Jordanna G. Cooper

 

2001

Ethics/
Values

Jewish Bioethics

 

To explore the ethical decisions posed by modern medicine. It addresses different Jewish positions on concerns about the way in which one cares for one's body and the decisions that one is forced to make about the treatment of a loved one.

9

High School

Mandell, Avram

 

2001

Bible

Psalms: Pathways to the Eternal

To study Psalms in order to expose students to biblical poetry and to provide them with tools for religious expression.

Adult

Adult

Rigler, Stacy Eskovitz

2002

Ethics/
Values

Camp Values Curriculum: Talmud Torah

To teach the Jewish value of Talmud Torah through text study

4-6

Camp

Jacques, Amy Idit

2002

Prayer

Brachot: The Jewish Way of Finding God in Our Lives and the World Around Us

To understand and become comfortable with Brachot as a tool for connecting with God and our world.

Adult

Adult

Werbow, Melissa Fand

2002

Identity/

 

Fully Jewish, Fully American

To expose students to American Jewish personalities in order to help them deal with the tension of being both Jewish and American. To develop a positive identity as American Jews.

5-6

Religious School

Young, Beth Ellen

2003

Hebrew

More Than Israel Has Kept Hebrew, Hebrew Has Kept Israel

To view Hebrew as a means of deepening religious expression, strengthening a bond to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, and identifying as an American Jew. To instill a passion for Hebrew.

9-12

Camp

Citrin, Micah

2003

Ethics/
Values

Our Connection and Guide to Jewish Living

This curriculum examines the concept of developing a partnership with God through the life-long performance of mitzvot which is sparked by the particpation in and preparation for becoming b'nai mitzvah.

7

Religious School

Eshel, David

2003

Reform Judaism

Reform Judaism in America: Modern, American, and Jewish

To gain foundational knowledge about Reform Jewish ideology and its effect on belief and practice. To gain a sense of pride in being a Reform Jew.

7-8

Religious School

Fleekop, Andrea

2003

Comparative Judaism

Denominational Judaism in America: A Pluralistic Approach

To understand the basic history, ideology and practice of the major denominations. To foster a belief in klal Yisrael.

9-12

High School

Kahn, Dena

2003

Life Cycle

Jewish Values in Death and Mourning

To provide a Jewish lens with which to view death and mourning. To be knowledgeable of Jewish rituals and practices associated with death and mourning.

Adult

Adult

Schaffer, Adam

2003

Israel

Portraits of Jerusalem

To explore a variety of Jewish depictions of Jerusalem over time (biblical-modern) in anticipation of a trip to Israel.

9-12

Day School Pre-Trip

Schuldenfrei, Deborah Bock

2004

Bible

Dynamic Relationships in the Torah

To examine relationships among biblical characters in order to educate Jewish teens about having successful relationships.

9-12

High School

DePorte, Stephanie

2004

Ethics/
Values

Mitzvot in Our Lives

To learn about, internalize, and practice mitzvot in order to strengthen Jewish identity and community.

7

Religious School

Ettlinger, Kim

2004

Israel

The Essence of Israel

To maximize an Israel trip by highlighting the uniqueness of Israel and its importance to Jewish self-understanding. To portray the diversity within Israel.

9

Day School Pre-Trip

Keller, Rony

2004

Prayer

T'fillah: A Sixth Grade Journey

To help students find personal meaning in liturgy. To understand why prayer is important to Jews. To reflect on relationship with God.

6

Religious School

Kellner, Debra Cotzin

2004

Holiday

Jewish Home Festivals that Create Jewish Time

To discover the religious/symbolic meanings of the holidays through text study. To develop rituals/ observances that incorporate/reflect Jewish values.

Adult

Adult

Parker, Teresa

2004

Ethics/
Values

Tikkun Olam: Heritage in Action

To study the development of tikkun olam from the bible to the present. To construct a personal belief about tikkun olam. To engage in a tikkun olam project.

10

Day School

Rosauer, Karen

2004

Ethics/
Values

The Virtues of Being a Jewish Teenager

To study relevant Jewish virtues and encourage students to emulate them. To see the concept of b'tzelem elohim as the basis for Jewish virtues.

8

Religious School

Rosenzweig, Emily

2004

Theology

Reel Theology: Learning About & Developing Your Own Jewish Theology Using Contemporary Film

To introduce a variety of theological questions and perspectives in Judaism. To develop a personal theology.

 

 

Copies of this guide are no longer available.

Adult

Adult

Schneider, Jeremy

2004

Theology

Why is There Evil if God is Supposed to be Good? Theodicy in Jewish Tradition

To understand a variety of Jewish positions on theodicy in their historical context. To deepen a personal understanding of theology and the meaning of evil and suffering.

Adult

Adult

Tornberg, Shoshanah

2004

Ethics/
Values

Turning Secular Choices into Jewish Choices

To help college-bound students have a Jewish system for making tough choices. To expose students to Jewish texts.

11-12

High School

Werbow, Michael

2005

Identity

Slavery, Freedom, Commitment & Identity: Jewish Emerging Adult's Journey

To study selected sacred texts and holidays as a tool to navigate the identity transformation from adolescence to adulthood.

High School

High School

Allenberg, Adam M.

2005

Ethics/
Values

Reform Jewish Practice-Seeking the Sacred

To foster the development of a community of learners who will support one another in the search for meaning & Kedusha in Jewish practice. To encourage exploration & performance of mitzvot at home at synagogue.

Adult

Adult

Flanzbaum, Lynn D.

2005

Bible

Finding Emotion in Biblical Poetry

To analyze and understand Biblical poetry through the lens of emotion. To help students engage in text as a means of connecting to the divine.

Adult

Adult

Hudson, Jocee

2005

Theology

Jewish Views on God: Building My Personal Relationship

To explore different views on God, engage in conversation, and develop a personal relationship with God.

9

High School

Kellner, Rick

2005

Prayer

Developing an Understanding of Prayer

To understand Judaic concepts of some of the prayers in the Shabbat liturgy

6

Religious School

Marshall, Stephanie

2005

Prayer

Experiencing T'fillah: Studying Prayer with our Hearts and Minds

To study Jewish liturgy with opportunity to reflect on one's prayer experience, relationship to God, and identity.

Adult

Adult

Miller, Alissa Forrest

2005

Synagogue, Ritual Objects,

Uncovering Meanings: An Exploration of Jewish Objects & Symbols

To explore meaning behind ritual objects as a means for examining and enriching their own Jewish beliefs and values.

Adult

Adult

Nichols, Beth

2005

World Jewish Communities

Sephardic Culture: Jews from the Ottoman Empire

To introduce students to the culture of Sephardic Jewry and raise self-awareness of personal Judaism.

6

Religious School

Robbins, Rachael

2006

Life Cycle

The Jewish Wedding and Marriage: Reflecting our Values through Jewish Traditions

Learners will explore topics such as commitment, renegotiating family relationships, intimacy, community, and more through the lens of Jewish thought, law, customs, and history.

Adult

Adult

Akiva, April Quinn

2006

History

The Choices That Shape Us: An American Jewish History Curriculum

To examine the choices Jews have made in America from the time of the first Jewish settlers through the central European migration, the processes by which those decisions were made, and their engagement with their identity amidst a pluralistic society.

5

Day School

Bahir, Sabrina Sjolseth

2006

Ethics/
Values

Bringing Holiness to Life: "Living Jewishly" at Work, At Home, and in our Relationships

To examine Jewish values, traditions, and sacred texts relevant to three important arenas of life: home, work, and relationships.

Adult

Adult

Braunfeld, Mara Michaels

2006

Comparative Judaism

How Do We Compare?

To obtain an in-depth understanding of the various streams of Judaism, so that students can better understand their own identity as Jews by understanding how their ideas about Judaism are similar to and different from the ideas of other Jews.

9-12

Religious School

Garrett, Estee Pollak

2006

Identity/
Prayer

T'filah Talk: A Year Long Course for Teens and Their Parents to Study Tough Issues Through T'filah

For high school students and their parents to explore the themes of separation, connection, freedom and limitations as they are found in t'filah and related to their lives.

Teens and Adults

Family Education; Religious School

Goldstein, Beth

2006

Israel

My Israel: A Non-Traditional Approach to Israel Advocacy

This curriculum is designed to enable students to explore Israeli history, culture, politics, and people while equipping them with the resources and information needed in order to speak intelligently about Israel.

12

Religious School

Wasserman, Shaina

2007

Theology

Seeking God

During this semester-long curriculum, students will examine various understandings of God in the TaNaCH, liturgy and other Jewish texts, reflect on times they have felt God's presence, and explore ways they might connect with God in their own lives. As students explore various paths to finding God with the help of sources from Jewish tradition and Jewish thinkers, they will work toward articulating their own beliefs about God.

4-5

Day School or Camp

Berger, Rebecca Saliman,

2007

Ethics/
Values

Bein Adam L'Adamah: Exploring the Relationship Between Humans and the Earth

A large portion of this guide relies on memorable moments and reflection impossible to create in a traditional classroom setting. This guide focuses on three intersections of Judaism and the environment; holy land, prayer in nature and the values of dominion and stewardship.

9-10

Camp or retreat; 22 sessions

Brown, Josh

2007

Bible

From Our Roots to Ourselves: Learning From Biblical Women

This text-based curriculum is designed for adolescent girls. It begins by studying women in the Bible, many of whom faced issues similar to those faced by teenagers today. The Bible then serves as a basis to discuss contemporary issues confronting students, such as body image, self-esteem, beauty, sex, power, spirituality, relationships, and Jewish identity.

Adolescent Girls

Religious School

Gordon, Arianna

2007

Identity/
Values

Finding the Kedusha In Kashrut: An Ethical Guide For Jewish Teens

This curriculum looks to challenge learners to explore the kedusha (holiness) inherent in biblical kashrut. Having done this, the curriculum then offers opportunities for learners to ask how these "kosher" values might be applied to our shopping practices, our relationships with others, and then finally our treatment and perception of ourselves.

9-10

Camp/Informal Education

Lazarow, Gersh

2007

Identity

Laughing To Fit In: Jewish American Identity through Jewish Humor

This curriculum traces the evolving communal Jewish identity in America throughout the 20th Century. Learners will have the opportunity to examine jokes, written texts, and clips from movies and television for deeper meaning about Jewish stereotypes and the interaction between Jewish and American culture. They will also be given the opportunity to reflect on what these ideas mean for their own identities, both individually and as a group.

9-10

Religious School

Levine, Julia Witkow

2007

Identity/
Values

Love, Looks, and Life

Teenage girls today need guidance regarding how to ethically use and think about their bodies. We, as educators, have the exciting opportunity to open the pathways of communication about these difficult issues. This curriculum guide will give students the opportunity to use Jewish texts and Jewish values as tools for decision-making about how they use their bodies, and how they approach relationships with others.

High School Girls

Religious School Elective

Margolis, Rachel Isaacson

2007

History

Snapshots: A Curriculum for the Integrated Teaching of American Jewish History

This is not a full American Jewish history curriculum. Instead, these curricular materials offer "moments," or mini episodes (all based on primary sources) that may be inserted into a regular 11th grade United States history course.

11

Day School

Mason-Barkin, Joshua

2007

Ethics/
Values

Economic Justice in Judaism: Understanding Hunger, Homelessness, Health Care and Worker's Rights Through the Lens of Jewish Texts

Texts focused on economic justice are just one component of a genre of texts which speak to our responsibility to help those in the community who cannot support themselves. As a result, all Jews are bound together by a common practice of rituals, liturgy and social responsibility. This curriculum serves to provide students with a list of uniquely Jewish reasons and support for engaging in economic justice.

11-12

Religious School

Vogel, Carrie Frank

2007

Holiday

Shabbat - A Spiritual Quest

This guide is intended for learners who might already have some familiarity with Shabbat liturgy and ritual. They might be looking for a deeper understanding and more nuanced approaches to their current observance or looking to increase their observance. This guide will challenge both instructor and learner to examine current understandings of Shabbat and create new ways of thinking about Shabbat.

Adult

Adult Education

Whinston, Josh

2007

Rabbinic Text

Two Rabbis: Three Opinions -- An Introduction to Rabbinic Texts for the Day School

This curriculum guide invites eighth grade Jewish day school learners to examine rabbinic texts including Midrash, Mishnah, and Talmud in order to develop a deeper understanding of rabbinic thought on ethics and values and the world of the Rabbis. Through interaction with rabbinic texts, learners will increase their own Jewish knowledge base and acquire some of the tools and information to make informed decisions about their own Jewish lives.

8

Day School

Whiting, Ann Sanguinet

2008

Reform Judaism

Exploring Reform Judaism Through the Lens of Jewish Ritual and Sacred Practices

This Curriculum Guide seeks to teach the process of Reform Judaism through the lens of ritual and Jewish sacred practices. The students will have an opportunity to explore some of the tenets of Reform Judaism and then apply those concepts to different ways of sanctifying time, space and themselves.

High School

Religious School

Bluman, Olga

2008

Liturgy

Seder Kriat HaTorah

This curriculum explores three themes within the context of Seder Kriat HaTorah. First is the idea of Seder Kriat HaTorah as a reenactment of the revelation at Sinai. Additionally, each unit explores the relationship between God, Torah and Israel within the text and the balance between keva and kavanah during public prayer. By considering each of these the student will be better prepared to participate meaningfully in the social drama that is Seder Kriat HaTorah. It is intended to be taught one on one by a layperson and provides opportunities for the teacher to learn along with their student.

4-6

Home or Healthcare setting

Hall, Eliana

2008

Bible

Let's Go: Bemidbar! A Travel Guide Through the Book of Numbers

The Israelites' experiences "in the wilderness" closely mirror the individual and collective journeys that adolescents embark on in the "in-between" phase between childhood and young adulthood. This curriculum highlights Israel's triumphs, challenges, "roadblocks" and lessons learned on the winding road from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael, encouraging the students to identify their own Jewish values and beliefs that will help them navigate difficult transitional moments throughout their lives.

6

Religious School

Katz, Noam

2008

Identity

In Our Image: A Look at How Jewish Identity has Changed in America

Identity and the way we see ourselves is often influenced by the images we see in the media, and Jewish identity isn't any different. Students will not only look at these forms of popular media as a mirror, reflecting (or even distorting) our image, but also in the way that it plays a role in how and why our identity is shaped.

12

Religious School

Magidson, Jordan

2008

Identity

Be a Man, Be a Jewish Man: An Exploration into the Multifaceted Relationship Roles of Men through Jewish and Contemporary Texts

This curriculum creates a safe, creative, shared space for young men to explore, develop, and experience their own ideas of how they want to live their values in relationship with others and how they define the Jewish men that they hope to be - space that is lacking in most male teenagers' lives.

10-12

Boys

Religious School / Youth Group

Margolis, Ari

2008

Ethics/
Values

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Counselors: A Teen's Guide to Jewish Leadership

This curriculum guide outlines habits of effective leaders, as seen in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. These habits can be found in Biblical leaders, including Joseph, Esther, Moses and God. It is meant to allow for personal growth as well as leadership development, focusing on both the personal aspect of leadership (how one views oneself, chooses one's words and actions, and the behavior one exhibits) and the relationship aspect of leadership (how we interact with others).

High School (Counselors in Training)

Camp/Retreat; Religious School

Mason, Erin Ellis

2008

Life Cycle

From Adam and Eve to You and Me: Journeying Towards Jewish Marriage

This curriculum guide is intended to be taught by a rabbi, preferably in conjunction with pre-marital counseling for couples. It addresses topics related to building a Jewish life together, and subjects which are often sources of conflict for couples, such as managing money and fighting fair. Each lesson uses Jewish texts to bring traditional perspective and insight to the issues with which modern couples struggle.

Adult

Adult Education

Mason-Barkin, Sara

2008

Ethics/
Values

Why Mitzvot? A Reform Reexamination of Mitzvot

This curriculum guides adult learners through a process of experiencing and studying mitzvot, including their sources, practice, and implications. Each mitzvah is interpreted through a framework called the "Mitzvah Matrix" which includes perspectives, reasons, and/or benefits of observing that mitzvah. The matrix is framed by two aspects of relationships: connection and obligation; and how mitzvot can characterize a relationship with others, God, and oneself.

Adult

Adult Education

Medwin, Daniel Bloom

2008

Ethics/
Values

Ingredients for Revolution: How the Exodus Inspires Social Change

This curriculum guide seeks to explain how the Exodus narrative has been influential and transformative in our lives, our Jewish community and our world in the past and present. The guide explores how the Exodus shapes our own Jewish identity by illuminating the importance of social justice, as well as how it has inspired and motivated enslaved groups throughout time to work for their own freedom. Lastly, the guide will offer students a project that exhibits their learning about revolution: creating a better future based on central Jewish values.

High School

Religious School, Youth Group

Medwin, Lydia Bloom

2008

Liturgy

From Kevah to Kavannah: Explorations of the Siddur

This Curriculum Guide seeks to explore some of the prayers found in the siddur - their textual or historical origins as well as their theological and spiritual implications. Students will unpack a number of different prayers and use them as a tool for reflecting on their own beliefs.

High School, Adults

Day School, Adult Education

Metz, Lev

2008

Bible

From Prophecy to Leading Jewishly: A Confirmation Curriculum

This curriculum guide explores the messages of the prophets and the way they communicate their ideals to the people. The goal of this curriculum is to help students learn what drives them as a leader and how to communicate to people. Students will study the prophets, the prophetic messages and leadership. They will also reflect on who they are and the type of leader they want to be and can be in the Jewish community.

10

Confirmation

Religious School, Camp

Rifkin, Rena Polonsky

2008

Bible

Genesis: Rated "T" For Teen

This curriculum guide re-introduces the book of Genesis to adolescents as a narrative that is reflective of their own lives and relationships, and subsequently, directly relevant to their own experience. This guide is intended to expand, nuance, and enrich the students' childhood conceptions of the Genesis narratives, to provide students with the tools with which they can study Jewish text in the future, and to present the book of Genesis as a mirror of and a window into the human experience.

11-12

Religious School

Zimmerman, Micol

2009

Teacher Resource

You Shall Not Place Stumbling Blocks: Making Your Camp More Accessible

Through the examination of traditional and contemporary texts, simulations, personal reflection, guest speakers, and camper observations, CITs will examine the struggles that those who are GLBT, from lower economic backgrounds, from non-traditional family units, and those with disabilities face in a camp setting. They will work toward developing ways that their camp can become increasingly accessible.

11-12
Counselors in Training

Camp

Ackerman, Rachel

2009

Ethics /
Values

Tzedakah Tzedakah Tirdof: A Curriculum Guide on Making Jewish Philanthropic Decisions

This curriculum guide includes three units in which participants will learn about making Jewish philanthropic decisions. In the final unit, students will put together everything they have learned and make choices about where they would give tzedakah.

8-10

Religious School, youth group, or teen philanthropy program

Bell, Missy

2009

Holocaust

Heroism and Resistance in the Holocaust

It is common for Jewish students to see Jews as simply helpless victims during the Holocaust. In this curriculum guide, students analyze the motivations behind people's heroic acts, examine the Jewish values inherent within those acts, and delve into the various modes of resistance that Jews and non-Jews engaged in.

9-10

Religious School or Day School

Kahn, Matt

2009

History

Adventure, Opportunity, and Discovery: Finding Oneself In The Los Angeles Jewish Experience

This curriculum guide is a case study of Jewish American history that challenges the reader to explore dimensions that made the Los Angeles Jewish experience unique. Study will include familiar Jewish institutions, neighborhoods, and relationships with other local cultures. Students will also explore the history of their families and who they are as individuals.

10-12

Religious School or Youth Group

Moss, Luisa

2009

Ethics /
Values

Tizkoret Tzedekah- Exploring the Difficult Questions of Modern Tzedekah

As 10-13 year olds prepare to become Jewish adults, it is important to provide them with resources to help guide their adult decision making processes. Our choices can and should be informed by Jewish text and tradition as we explore how and why to do Tzedakah. Our choices can and should also inspire us to take action within our communities and empower others to join with us in our righteous work.

5

Religious School

Perpinyal, Laura Siegel

2009

Liturgy

Adonai S'fatai Tiftach: Prayer and Spirituality at Camp and Beyond

This curriculum explores key Jewish prayers and the deeper meanings behind them. While the fixed liturgy is a key part of this curriculum, it also stresses the need for campers to decide their own prayer style and regimen while still being part of a community. It also examines ways in which the campers can bring the prayer experiences they have at camp back home.

7-8

Camp

Singer-Beilin, Jake

2009

Identity

Hearing Our Voices: Mothers and Daughters Exploring Jewish Womanhood

Judaism can guide contemporary American women as they navigate a culture that too-often teaches women damaging negative self-talk. Further, Jewish feminism can guide contemporary Jewish women as they navigate the traditionally androcentric worlds of Jewish text, language, and ritual. This curriculum guide aims to support Jewish American adolescent women and their mothers as they together navigate the unique challenges of Jewish American womanhood during this particularly difficult time in both of their lives.

Post-Bat Mitzvah Adolescent Women and their Mothers

Family Education program or Day School

Stern, Rebekah

2009

Identity

And Justice For All: Jewish Involvement in the American Public Sphere

This curriculum is meant to supplement American History courses taught in secular school. It focuses on Jewish and American identity, and the tensions and similarities between the two. It does so by focusing on social justice issues, and how students might intersect their identities to be involved in the public sphere. Units include historical information, a look at modern issues, and a service-learning opportunity.

11-12

Religious School or Day School

Walsh, Emily

2009

Lifecycle

Celebrating With Those We Love: Jewish Holidays and Healing for Families with Members who Struggle with Addiction

This curriculum guide explores Jewish holidays and how families with a loved one who struggles with addictive behaviors can find connection to other families in similar situations, to clergy members and educators, to a variety of Jewish holiday rituals, and to the synagogue. The guide focuses on exploring the healing themes embedded in the Jewish holidays as well as how these themes and celebration rituals can be relevant to the lives of families with a loved one who struggles with addiction.

Multiple ages

Family or Adult Education

Weisz, Julia

2010

Ethics/
Values

Getting Down with the Earth: A family guide to learning middot through building a congregation garden

This curriculum guide takes participants on an adventure studying middot through building an organic community garden. The guide features such middot as: malacha (work), nedivut (generosity), and yirah (awe). Families are connected to the greater community by volunteering their time and donating all the food grown to a local food bank..

4-7 + family

Family Education

Cohen, Bradley

2010

Identity

What's Informed About Informed Choice?: One Approach to Growing an Intentional Jewish Praxis

We need a paradigm shift from "What I don't have to do because I am a Reform Jew" to "What I ought to do because I am a Reform Jew". Adult learning-cohorts will work to explore what Judaism means to them personally; and how that might obligate them in the larger Jewish community. Individual Jews and Reform Jewish communities can explore how they might grow commitments to Jewish life, practice, and identity through learning and doing.

Adult

Synagogue Adult Education

Gross, Jessy

2010

Prayer

iPray

This is a t'fillah curriculum, but it will not teach students the words to prayers for B'nai Mitzvah. Instead, it will aid students in finding meaningful and lasting connections to t'fillah so they can ultimately answer the question, "Why do I pray?" This guide teaches both the keva and kavanah of t'fillah through text study, prayer analysis, interactive group activities, and unit-long assessments.

6

Religious School, adaptable for camp or Day School

Luskey, Lauren

2010

Identity

Multiple Identities -- one me: Navigating the slippery boundaries among multiple and competing cultures.

This curriculum guide uses four phenomena -- music, law, Aleinu, and Brit Milah -- to explore the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures. Each of the four phenomena presents varied and complex perspectives on the intersection of cultures. Lessons raise issues of Jewish authenticity and engage students to map their own place within the Jewish and secular community.

7-8

Religious School

Mills, Ilana

2010

Ethics/
Values

Created Uniquely Oneself: A Confirmation Class Exploring Identity, Community and Tradition through Jewish Ideas of "Being Human"

This course uses Jewish texts, from the Bible into the modern period, to explore what it means to be a human being, through the lens of Judaism. Students explore their own identity and examine their actions through the frame of values they articulate using text study and reflection. This is an ethics course to help students formulate values of community, identity and respect.

10 Confirmation

Religious School

Philips, Miriam

2010

Bible

Betrayals of Trust: Approaching Nasty Narratives in the Bible and Beyond

This guide engages the Biblical text and commentaries of diverse forms (traditional to modern, visual art, poetry, etc.) on the subject of betrayals of trust: between followers and leaders, between parents and children, and between husbands and wives. These stories are instructive, because as we engage with the brokenness of the people in our most sacred narrative, we may learn to turn our hearts toward the brokenness of the people in our world. The guide encourages the learner to analyze these nasty biblical narratives toward creating a personal stance on how to respond to betrayals of trust.

Adult

Adult Education

Reice, Rebecca

2010

Holocaust

I and Thou: Connecting to Holocaust Survivors and Ourselves

This curriculum guide examines the Jewish values of yesh tikvah (maintaining hope), tochecha (rebuke), yediat haEl (knowing God), and zechut avot (merits of our ancestors) through the lens of Holocaust survivor artifacts. Due to their experiences, Holocaust survivors embody the struggles with these Jewish values. As students and parents engage deeply with their stories, soul-searching conversations will inspire more questions about life. At this guide's conclusion, parents and teens will consider and choose values that they hope to pass on to future generations.

Note: This curriculum guide is intended for students and parents who have already taken a course on the Holocaust.

11-12
Intended also for the parents of the 11th and 12th grade students.

 

Religious School, Family Education

Weisman, Tami

2011

Literature

My World to Come: Doikayt and Imagination in Yiddish Literature. A Language Arts Curriculum for Jewish Day School Juniors and Seniors

This curriculum explores the parallels and intersections of two themes in Yiddish literature: imagination of the fantasy genre (as portrayed by dreaming, dybbuks, demons, and radical visions of afterlife) and doikayt (an idea that literally translates as "hereness," meaning the socio-political stance of improving the conditions of the world in which one lives). These two concepts are constantly in play in Yiddish literature, producing a series of short stories, poems, plays, and novels that confront the realities of the present while dreaming of a better future. By engaging with these texts, students create their personal vision of the world to come.

11-12
Integrated Language Arts Elective

 

Day School

Abramovitz, Joel

2011

Identity

Making a Mensch: A Jewish Parent's Guide to Parenting Teens

The art of parenting a teenager is an amazing adventure, but often leaves one desperately searching for answers. Judaism can deeply influence and enrich this parenting act. This guide is a blend of Jewish textual tradition and secular parenting knowledge designed to guide adult learners who are actively engaged in the parenting of an adolescent. It seeks to create a framework of Jewish sources that will serve as a scaffold upon which learners can refine their Jewish parenting values.

Adult parents or caregivers of pre-adolescents and/or adolescents

Adult Education

Abrasley, Laura

2011

Rabbinic Text

Ki gerim hayyitem b'eretz Mitzrayim: An introduction to Jewish textual learning

This curriculum guides learners through the process of Jewish textual learning, teaching them how to "do" text study through study of the phrase "For you were strangers in the land of Egypt," as it appears in biblical and early rabbinic texts. Multiple modalities and venues for learning are included, including study in chevruta and as a group, interpretation through art, and allowing learners to teach others.

Adult
College
11-12

Synagogue or community Adult Education; or in an immersion program, such as a liberal yeshiva setting

Battis, Jordana Schuster

2011

Lifecycle

Making baby time into Jewish time: Infusing Spirituality into the first year of your child's life

This curriculum guide was written as a spirituality guide for new parents. Becoming a parent is an exciting, scary, overwhelming, daunting, inspiring, and miraculous time. This curriculum guide is an opportunity for new parents to share their experiences with one another, to create community and to learn from Jewish tradition. Throughout this curriculum, students are encouraged to draw from their experiences as parents to enhance their connection to Judaism, to heighten their spiritual awareness and practices, and to create their own prayers, blessings, and rituals based on Jewish tradition.

Parents of young children

Adult Education

Chernow-Reader, Jordana

2011

Identity

Beyond Judaica: Investigating how Modern and Contemporary Jewish Artists can enable our own Expression of Jewish Identity.

All Jewish Artists eventually struggle with what their Judaism means to the creation of their Art. Through this curriculum, the student will experience Jewish Art and Artists through Art History, Studio Art, and an exploration of the self. Emerging Artists of high school age are at a critical stage in their personal development and can use art as a vehicle for self-understanding as well as self-expression. The curriculum provides experiences that will hopefully move them towards a better understanding of their heart as well as a better ability to relate through their head and hands.

11-12
This is not an introductory Art class. It is expected that students will already have some skills

Day School

Dreffin, Matthew

2011

Bible

There is Nothing New Under the Sun: A Biblical Guide to the Modern Family

This curriculum guide will give learners the opportunity to study Torah in depth, cultivate relationships within the class, and fortify the learner's personal identity as a member of a family and as a Jew. The guide will achieve these goals by giving the learners the chance to study a subject with which they are intimately familiar- what it means to be a part of a family. Through the study of Torah, the learner can feel a spiritual connection to the texts because for centuries, Jews all over the world have turned to Torah to help them understand being part of a family.

Adult

Adult Education

Irshay, Aimee

2011

History

From Stumptown to the Emerald City: A History of the Jews of the Pacific Northwest

This curriculum guide is designed to teach history in a way that focuses on contextual understandings of history. Rather than learning dates and place names, the curriculum embraces a multi-media approach to the uncoverage of knowledge. This curriculum teaches American Jewish history through a particular regional lens, dealing solely with the Jewish communities of Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. The material is thus more personal to learners from the Pacific Northwest Region.

9

 

Religious School

Schulman, Callie Souther

2011

Jewish Practice

V'Dibarta Bam B'Veitecha - Speak of Them in Your Home: An Exploration of Jewish Ritual and Practice for the Young Family

This guide offers opportunities to engage in the textual basis of Jewish rituals and practices. The learners will create a personal and family practice and contribute to the ongoing conversation that is halakhah. It is aimed at parents of children beginning their religious school experience, encouraging them to model for their children engagement in Jewish learning as a lifelong endeavor. The guide is divided into four curricular units—Lifetime, Yearly, Weekly, and Daily Practices—which demonstrate the cyclical nature of engagement in our Jewish tradition.

Parents of younger children, or childen who are newer to Jewish learning

Adult education program for parents that runs concurrently with the synagogue or community's supplemental religious school.

Weisman, Gregory

2012

Ethics/
Values

It's All About Relationships: The Virtues That Guide Us

This curriculum guide helps middle school students and their parents uncover what it means to fashion sacred relationships in their lives. It focuses on four middot: anavah (humility), chesed (loving-kindness), achrayut (responsibility), and yoshrah (integrity) as tools for creating and sustaining sacred relationships bein adam l'chaveiro. Using biblical, rabbinic and Jewish thought sources, the curriculum provides models of various types of relationships as a means for guiding learners toward applying these virtues in their own relationships.     

Middle School & Parents

 

Family Education

Berney, Lisa

2012

Spirituality

Connections to Judaism: Spirituality and Confirmation

This curriculum guide is intended to help students connect spiritually to Judaism in a way that is meaningful to each individual. Through four units of study - peoplehood, ritual, prayer and God - students have the opportunity to explore three major principles in Judaism: God, Torah and Israel. Students are given opportunities to explore their own connections through a variety of Jewish texts, rituals and field trips.

10 Confirmation

Religious School

Fischman, Allie

2012

Interfaith, Identity

"Shalom, Salaam, and May God Be with You: Jewish Identity Formation through Interfaith Learning."

This curriculum guide is a yearlong 10th grade confirmation class on interfaith learning; a class which promotes engagement and involvement in a greater faith-based global village. Units focus on how God, prayer, sacred text, and ritual celebrations exist in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Units also include facilitated interfaith dialogue and guidance for a unique confirmation ceremony.

10 Confirmation

Religious School

Fromer, Jaclyn

2012

Liturgy

Mafteach Tefilah: Opening the Door to Meaningful Jewish Prayer

This curriculum guide is designed to help learners deepen their understanding of why tefillah remains an essential part of the Jewish experience, and how it can help them to enrich their own personal and communal to Judaism and to the Jewish people.

Adult

Adult Education

Geffen, Daniel

2012

Ethics/
Values

Kupat tzedakah: A Family Collective

This family education curriculum guide introduces learners to core tzedakah principles; Jewish organizations that do tzedakah; and equips learners with the wherewithal to do tzedakah intentionally as a lifelong practice.

Various

Family Education

Geffen, LuAnne Tyzzer

2012

Israel

Sacred Symbol and Complex Reality: Helping American Jewish Teachers Teach Multiple "Israels"

This guide aims to achieve a balance between the way in which American representations of Israel are constructed and the way in which Israelis experience these American representations of Israel. This guide identifies four commonplaces: Key Sites, Military, Hebrew, and Textbooks to look at the way in which these two narratives are constructed. Learners will identify their own personal relationship with Israel, create a mission statement for what Israel education should look like in their synagogue, and have the opportunity to write and implent a lesson plan that integrates the two narratives.

Adult Religious School Teachers

Religious School

Greene, Amanda

2012

Israel

Homeland or Territory - Four Ways of Understanding Israel's West Side

This curriculum guide intends to help students define or develop their relationship with Israel using perspective and empathy to analyze one of the critical issues in Israel that appear to consistently trouble liberal American Jews.

9-12.

Religious School or Day School

Knobel, Joshua

2012

Israel

Integrating Zionism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Israel Narratives

This curriculum guide explores four core narratives of Zionism: Political, Labor, Cultural, and Religious, with a strand of American Zionism woven through each. Using the method of integration (bringing different content areas into relationship with with one another), each narrative is taught through a primary lens of a different academic discipline: history, physical education, music, and religious literature. Students are asked to synthesize the different narratives into their own personal Zionist ideology through a final project-based unit on art.

11

Religious School or Day School

Lauing, Sarah

2012

Israel

A Narrative Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

This curriculum will provide students with a brief overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through a narrative approach to allow them to see the multiplicity of views regarding the conflict. This curriculum is not intended to persuade students to a particular point of view or to turn them into Israel advocates. The narrative approach will nuance the situation and make the content accessible for students with varying degrees of prior knowledge and perspectives on the conflict.

9-10

Religious School or Day School

Lebovits, Jessica

2012

Israel

Jewish Immigrant Populations in Israel: A View into the History, Culture, and Jewish Practices of Ethiopian, Former Soviet Union, and North American Communities

This curriculum guide explores three Jewish immigrant communities in Israel: Ethiopian, Former Soviet Union, and North American. Campers will examine these populations through 3 lenses: historic narratives, culture, and Jewish practice. They will consider the advantages and disadvantages that accompany immigration while discovering the strength of the message that "Kol Yisrael areivim zeh la'zeh: All people of Israel are responsible for one another." Students will gain insights into their own Jewish identities, history, practices, and modes of Jewish self-expression.

Entering 10th grade

Summer Camp

Levin, Rachel

2012

World Jewish Communities

Latin American Jewry

This curriculum guide focuses on the six largest Jewish populations in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Each country will be looked at through the lens of change. How did the Jewish communities in each country affect the greater society, and how did the greater society affect the Jewish community? The curriculum guide will conclude with a country fair, showcasing what the students have learned about Jewish communities in the above mentioned Latin American countries.

6-7

Day School

Rotter, Carmela Blau

2012

Israel, Reform Judaism

Finding Israel: A Personal Journey through the Lens of Reform Judaism

 

This curriculum guide explores the four platforms of the Reform Movement. Learners will chart the progression of the relationship between the Reform Movement and the land of Israel, both the actual modern State and the ancient historical longing. They will also analyze different historical events and explore how they affected the content of each platform. The more these learners understand the foundation that their movement has with the State of Israel, the greater confidence they will have in their own relationship with Israel, and the better their ability to teach about it to their campers.

11-12

First year counselors

Camp

Rubin-Schlansky, Hannah

2012

Literature

Poetic Justice: Uncovering Modern Hebrew Poetry

This guide is a curriculum to teach about poetry and Israel through the themes of creation, memory, war, and the Zionist dream. By studying modern Hebrew poetry adults will have the opportunity to increase the Jewish content in their lives as they learn the timeless themes these poets address. Learners will also be asked to consider and produce work based upon their own understandings of some of the unit themes.

Adult

Adult Education

Steinman, Eleanor

2012

World Jewish Communities

Wherever You Go, There's Always Someone Jewish: Exploring Jewish Identity Through Culture

This curriculum seeks to engage high school students in the question of how an external, regional culture may or may not influence Judaism, Jewishness, and Jewry. Students will explore the elements of Jewish culture in four worldwide communities: India, Russia, Argentina, and the United States of America. Each unit delves into the community's culture through some combination of the five themes of history, food, art, literature, and special customs. Ultimately, students will be equipped to consider how life in America has, or has not, shaped his/her vision of Jewish life.  

9-12

Religious School

Sussman, Deana

2012

History

Models of Jewish Expression and Identity in the New Testament Narrative

The New Testament narrative presents the ideas, belief systems, trends and rituals of the Judaisms during the late Second Temple period. The narrative also provides details about the development of Rabbinic Judaism, the democratization of Jewish sects, Jewish life under Roman authority, and meaningful Jewish rituals that we continue to observe today. By studying New Testament, learners will gain greater insight into the origins of first century Judaisms. Therefore, the New Testament can expose and help contemporary Jews understand Judaism as practiced today more deeply.

Adult

Adult Education

Wright, Adam

2013

Lifecycle,

Connecting Jewish Identity to B'nai Mitzvah

This curriculum guide is focused on the history of B'nai Mitzvah, the basic elements of Jewish identity, and how B'nai Mitzvah fits in as a rite of passage. Students will explore how B'nai Mitzvah evolved from Biblical times; they will learn the key commonplaces of Jewish identity based on the writing of Michael Rosenak; and they will compare and contrast B'nai Mitzvah with rites of passage from around the world

6 (Second semester)

Religious School

Avner, Brian

2013

Rabbinic Text

Weaving a Coat of Many Colors: An Integration of Art in Text Study

This curriculum proposes a unique way to integrate the use of art with Jewish textual study. It offers various forms of exegesis that Jews have engaged in to better understand the elusiveness of Torah and to derive meaning from it. Visual Midrash is entrance point to engage students in Torah study by creating opportunities for the student to process the text and their revelations from it in a personal and creative format.

6-8

Day School

Levi, Kyna E.M.

2013

Identity

How Am I Am Yisrael?

This curriculum explores three dimensions of contemporary Jewish Peoplehood: Jewish Expressions, Jewish Practices, and Snapshots of Jewish Histories and Presents. This curriculum aims to show learners that there are multiple authentic ways to be a part of the Jewish People.

8-9
Post B'nei Mitzvah, Pre Confirmation

Religious School

Marks, Rachel Kaplan

2013

Ethics/
Values

Intentional Living - Refining Your Beliefs and Realigning Your Actions

This CG helps individuals uncover their personal beliefs through different means including journaling, learning different Jewish theologies, and the study of Hasidut and Kabbalistic texts. Students pair learning with self-examination in order to assess how they make decisions and act in the world in relation to other people, the environment, and in making financial decisions. Ultimately, the goal is to realign actions with beliefs in order to better the world.

Adult

Adult Education program; Could be a year-long program or a series of retreats throughout the year.

Plotnik, Molly

2013

Philosophy/
Theology
Spirituality

G?d: Unlocking our understanding of G-d and being able to explain
G-d to our children.

G-d is a difficult topic for many adults to discuss with their children because many have not had the opportunity to explore what their own beliefs and feelings are about G-d. Mainly, G-d will be explored through the study of various Jewish prayers, blessings, biblical stories, life cycle events and Jewish philosophers. Additionally, each lesson will have an "At Home" component where students will have a chance to share the learning they have done in class at home with their children.

Adult

Adult Education

Rabizadeh, Tarlan

2013

Liturgy

A Path to Meaningful Prayer

This curriculum guide will help students to answer the following questions: How does one pray? What does it mean to pray? How can I connect to something if I don't know what I am saying? What if I don't actually believe the words that are written in the prayer book? In the end, students will be able to answer the question, "Why pray?" in a way that is meaningful for them, and will allow them to contextualize the prayers we say every day and find a way to make these ancient words relevant to their lives today.

Adult; could be adapted for young adults and teens.

Adult Education

Regev, Lara Pullan

2013

Ethics/
Values

My So Called Life: Applying Jewish values to our lives outside of Religious School

This guide was created to address the lack of both developmentally appropriate teaching content, and incorporation of theory into the students' personal actions. The values explored in this 6th grade curriculum guide are: lashon harah (gossip); t'mimut (integrity); shalom bayit (peace in the home); boshet (embarrassment).

6

Religious School

Sherry, Mindy

2013

Philosophy/
Theology
Spirituality

I Applied My Heart To Know Wisdom: A Jewish Perspective On Personal Ideologies

This curriculum guide is about the nature, purpose, and formation of personal ideologies, and their place in Jewish life. It asks students to draw upon their own experiences and personal values in order to answer big existential questions such as "Who am I?' and "What is the right way to live?" Jewish texts such as Kohelet and Pirkei Avot are presented alongside corresponding works of art, poetry, film, TV, etc. in order to highlight their various ideological messages; those texts are then applied to lifecycle events and other aspects of Jewish life (i.e. tikkun olam).

11-12

Day School

Silverman, Todd

2013

Identity

The Rest is Commentary, Now Go And Learn: Literacy Through Text Study

This Curriculum Guide helps build a framework for text study and a relationship with Jewish texts. With units structured around God, Torah, and Israel, students are exposed to multiple texts covering issues such as belief, practice, and interactions with others. They learn how to interpret texts in order to gain Jewish confidence. With a strong sense of Jewish literacy (familiarity with Jewish concepts through text study) students healthfully develop their Jewish identity.

9 - Adult

Could be adapted for any age after B'nai Mitzvah

Religious School; Adult Education

Tulik, Rochelle

2013

Ethics/
Values

AP Kindness: Mussar for Teens

This course provides an opportunity for young people to strengthen their spiritual core through the specifically Jewish path of Mussar, a method that challenges students to align their internal truths with their external behavior. Mussar study serves to cultivate their moral & ethical mind, a developmental area not often intentionally addressed within their academic world. Without focusing on how we live Jewish values, our students go out into the world with little to no idea of how to use their faith to both define & refine themselves while simultaneously turning outward to help others.

11-12

Religious School

Wohlner, Bess