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Martha Tannenbaum

You grew up here and then moved to New England when you went to college. After college, you stayed up North and became a school teacher. You did your part to support the war effort during WWII in the hopes that the war would be won quickly and your family members trapped in Nazi Europe would survive. Unfortunately, at the end of the war, you found out that your mother's entire family had died in the concentration camps. About five years ago, since you had never married, you moved back to town to take care of your aging mother. Fortunately, you were able to find a job teaching in the local public school. You see similarities and differences between public education in the North and in the South, but what's most important to you is that every child gets a good education. You belong to Temple Ohev Shalom because it's the temple your family belonged to when you were a child and your roots are very important to you.

Preparation for taking on the role of your character:

  1. What values (be as specific as possible) are important to your character? What in this description made you draw those conclusions?
  2. What are your character's experiences/concerns (be as specific as possible)? What in this description made you draw those conclusions?
  3. Based on these values and experiences/concerns, would your character support a) home hospitality for civil rights activists and/or b) members supporting the protest?
  4. Return to the documents you read earlier and identify the most relevant documents and arguments based on what you know about your fictional character.
  5. Using both what you know about your fictional character and the arguments from the documents you read earlier develop your argument for the board meeting. You may use the space below to outline your argument.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Martha Tannenbaum." (Viewed on October 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/node/11745/lightbox2>.

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