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OVERVIEW

LESSONS

What Does Religious Liberty Look Like?

When Have You Been a "Stranger?" Jewish Immigration to the United States

Why Do People Unite? Rose Schneiderman and the Labor Movement

Are We Responsible for Others? The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

Where Are You 'Walking' And Why? The Civil Rights Movement

 

Major Funding for Open Book: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects provided by the Covenant Foundation and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Additional support provided by the Koret Foundation; and the Elizabeth and Alan Shulman Education Fund, supported by the Judy and Fred Wilpon Family Foundation.

Open Book: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects

Overview

The National Museum of American Jewish of History is pleased to offer Open Book: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects. Based on material culture from the Museum’s collection, the lessons in this curriculum challenge students to exercise critical thinking and inquiry-based learning skills while exploring the American Jewish experience. In the spirit of traditional Talmudic study, Open Book invites students to approach the study of history in unexpected ways and connect what they learn to their own ideas, experiences, and passions. This open-ended process of discussion and discovery empowers students to see themselves in the larger story of American Jewish life and inspire a sense of pride and connection to their heritage.

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Lessons

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What Does Religious Liberty Look Like?

What does religious liberty mean and why is it important? Who is responsible for defending and expanding religious liberty, and how can they do so? How has religious liberty shaped Jewish religion and identity in America both in the past and today? This lesson examines the Museum's historic statue, Religious Liberty, in relation to this important American concept.

Religious Liberty Talmud Page
Religious Liberty Student Guide
Religious Liberty Teacher Guide

Open Book photo
National Educators Institute 2018 teachers learn
about hevruta and the Open Book curriculum.

 

When Have You Been a "Stranger?" Jewish Immigration to the United States

Why did so many immigrants undertake the long and difficult journey, especially at the turn of the 20th century? What choices did they make in order to feel more American? In what ways did they maintain and/or redefine their Jewish identities? Students discuss these topics while making connections between historic immigration, contemporary immigration, and their own stories.

Immigration Talmud Page
Immigration Student Guide
Immigration Teacher Guide

 

Why Do People Unite? Rose Schneiderman and the Labor Movement

How did the American Jewish labor movement develop? What is “mutual aid”? How do the labor unions of the early twentieth century help us understand the meaning of community and civil society? Students discuss unity and individualism in the context of the American Jewish labor movement.

Labor Movement Talmud Page
Labor Movement Student Guide
Labor Movement Teacher Guide

 

Are We Responsible for Others? The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

Who is responsible for starting and carrying out a protest? How do we make decisions about our responsibilities to others? Students learn about one of the most successful human rights campaigns in recent history while considering their own abilities to create positive change in the world.

Soviet Jewry Talmud Page
Soviet Jewry Student Guide
Soviet Jewry Teacher Guide

Where Are You 'Walking' and Why? The Civil Rights Movement

What inspired so many Jews to support African Americans and fight for their civil rights? What role did religion play in the Civil Rights Movement? This lesson discusses Jewish participation in the Civil Rights Movement and the parallels and differences between the Jewish and Black experiences.

Civil Rights Movement Talmud Page
Civil Rights Movement Student Guide
Civil Rights Movement Teacher Guide