Judaism - Five Faiths Project

WEB LESSON This Ackland Art Museum site of the University of North Carolina features an overview of Jewish beliefs and practices. This links to an object-based lesson, discussion topics, and transcripts of interviews on key scriptural topics.

Jewish Burial Practice

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly uses a mannequin to demonstrate the time-honored Jewish ritual of tahara, in which the dead are washed, purified and dressed in traditional shrouds before burial. In keeping with the Jewish belief of a communal responsibility to bury the dead, Jewish communities throughout the ages have established burial societies, called Chevra Kadishas, whose sole function is to care for the deceased from the time of death until interment. In this video, a member of a Chevra Kadisha explains the process of tahara and why it is considered one of the greatest mitzvahs or commandments to be performed in Judaism.

Proverbs: At Home and Around the World

WEB LESSON Since proverbs are an ethical and literary tool in many cultures, this Read, Right, and Think lesson is a good model for teaching about Jewish proverbs from the Bible in a manner that is academic rather than from a single religious perspective. Use this lesson in conjunction with a list of proverbs from the Book of Solomon and Jewish tradition https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jewish_proverbs

Teaching About Jewish Holidays

WEB LESSON The Institute for Curriculum Services: National Resource Center for Accurate Jewish Content in Schools provided this game type lesson on Jewish holidays. Elementary - MS

Ancient Roots, Modern Holidays for Kids - Jewish Holidays & Festivals

LESSONS & ACTIVITIES Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year - a holiday observed with festive meals and a day spent in prayer or quite meditation. Yon Kippur: The Jewish Day of Atonement - the most solemn day of the Jewish year. A day devoted to self-examination and the chance to being the New Year with a clean slate. Sukkot: A celebration of the fall harvest. Hanukkah: A festival celebrating liberation from oppression, freedom of worship, and finding light in the darkest of times Tu B'Shevat: The Jewish "New Year of the Trees," celebrated with observances that connect us to our environment and the natural world Purim: A day celebrating the saving of the Jews from an evil plot of destruction, as told in the Bible, the Book of Esther. Passover: A festival of freedom that marks the Hebrew exodus from ancient Egypt long ago