Living the Legacy


Exploring My Identity

Unit 1 , Lesson 1

Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacy

Exploring My Identity

Teacher resources: 

More identity exploration exercises and texts can be found in Part 1 of Facing History and Ourselves “Choices in Little Rock” curriculum.

"The Hebrew Mamita" by Vanessa Hidary, a spoken word performance reflecting on what it means to "look Jewish." Video is available on Youtube: (Contains profanity.)

Brodkin, Karen. How Jews became white folks and what that says about race in America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

The website of the organization Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) includes resources, research, and advocacy related to Jewish diversity.

The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography catalogue, from the traveling exhibition created by the Jewish Museum in New York.  (Includes the photographs Claire (2004) and Jacob (2005) by Dawoud Bey.) Information on the exhibition and catalogue:

Photographer Dawoud Bey's website,, contains images of other works similar to Claire and Jacob (though not necessarily of Jewish students), under photographs: class pictures. 

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