JWA News Release: March 12, 2009
It's Women's History Month and the Jewish Women's Archive has a lot to share.
Our latest edition of JWA's online resource Go & Learn: Primary Documents and Lesson Plans is now available! Go to jwa.org/teach/golearn/mar09/ to find free, downloadable lessons for learners of all ages.
This month's edition, Taking Risks, Making Change: Bat Mitzvah and Other Evolving Traditions, uses the story of one girl's pursuit of a Saturday morning Bat Mitzvah to reflect on what it means to be counted as equal in Jewish life, and to explore the big questions facing Jewish communities today as traditions continue to evolve.
Lesson plans for youth, adults, and family education combine this historical case study, presented through the voices of both mother and daughter, with opportunities to discuss current issues and conduct interviews on the impact of Bat/Bar Mitzvah experiences. Do you have a story about a Bat Mitzvah "first" experience? First in a synagogue? First on Saturday morning? First to lead services, read from the Torah, or wear a tallit? Share it with us. (Collected stories will also be shared with Moving Traditions' Bat Mitzvah Firsts project.)
Also new this month:
We hope you will find these resources useful and stimulating. Please share your feedback and questions by emailing.Judith Rosenbaum Emily Scheinberg
Director of Public History Assistant Director for Educational Outreach