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Discussion Questions

Part I
  1. Initial assessment: Who wrote this article? When?
  2. In what context was it written?
  3. Who was the intended audience for this document? How do you think this influenced the message of the article and/or what the rabbis told the interviewer?
  4. What did Rabbis Braude, Leeman, and Rosen do, according to this article?
  5. According to this article, why did these rabbis choose to march in Alabama? What other reasons do you think might have influenced their decision?
  6. According to this article, what kind of reception did these rabbis receive from people in Alabama? How did this reflect the feelings of the different groups whom they met?
  7. Did they feel that the march was effective? Why?
  8. How did the rabbis build on their experience by bringing it to the attention of others?
Part II
  1. How do you think these rabbis' experience and/or Jewish values influence their participation in the Civil Rights Movement? What clues from the article make you think that?
  2. How would you describe the role that these rabbis played in the Civil Rights Movement?
  3. Do you think this is an appropriate role for a rabbi? Why or why not?
  4. Are there any current political/social issues on which you think rabbis today should take a stand? What kind of role would you want to see them take?

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Discussion Questions." (Viewed on September 2, 2014) <http://jwa.org/node/11885/lightbox2>.

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