Making Our Wilderness Bloom: Women Who Made American Jewish History
Making Our Wilderness Bloom is a creative curriculum that engages students in Jewish women's rich contributions to the American Jewish community and to American society more broadly. Making Our Wilderness Bloom enables students to hear the voices of Jewish women across the centuries, through primary historical material such as letters, newspaper articles, interviews, organizational reports, photographs, and memoirs. These primary documents are accompanied by biographies of featured Jewish women, historical background information, and explorations of related Jewish values.
The complete curriculum provides a comprehensive Teacher's Guide and more than 200 pages of Student Resources for three adaptable units on these primary themes:
- Settling in America: Jewish Immigration to America, 1654–2004
- Religious Life: Women Transforming Jewish Leadership, Education, and Ritual
- Ahavat Yisrael: Women Working on Behalf of Jews and Israel
- Pikuach Nefesh: Women Saving Lives through Medicine and Health
- Human Rights: Working for Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and Economic Justice
- Bringing Us Up To Date and Back Home: Our Lives and Communities
Although initially developed for middle and high school students, Making Our Wilderness Bloom is being used by educators across the country for learners of all ages, in both formal and informal educational contexts including teen retreats, rosh hodesh groups, social justice projects, family education programs, and adult education courses. In the classroom, the curriculum can be implemented as a 10 to 15 session elective on American Jewish history or as individual lessons on Jewish history, Jewish values, or leadership and role models. The Teacher's Guide includes suggestions for incorporating the material into family education programs or weekend youth retreats.
The curriculum costs $85 including shipping and handling.