Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacyhttp://jwa.org/LivingtheLegacy
Jews and Agricultural Labor
- Jewish values about the holiness of growing food lose or gain prominence depending on economic realities.
- Jews have labored in agricultural settings as well as in factories and urban environments.
- In recent years, there has been a renaissance in Jewish agricultural work as a means to providing food options that are healthy, sustainable, and just.
- What Jewish values influence choices about growing, buying, and consuming food?
- How do economic conditions influence choices about growing food?
- What precedents exist for the contemporary Jewish return to the land movement?
- How are Jewish values applied to food production and consumption, historically and today?
- What is/has been the role of agricultural labor to the American Jewish community?
- copies of the Jewish Statements About Food handout for each student
- copies of the Lesson 6 Document Study, Jewish Statements About Food: Then and Now (includes sources and questions) for the teacher and for each group
- paper for making charts
- newsprint or scrap paper for sketching out ideas
- sculpting clay
- cardboard (broken-down boxes without writing on them would work well) to serve as the bases for models
- toy farm machinery and animals, dirt and plant matter, and other model-making materials such as popsicle sticks, balsa wood, and flexible cardboard, for example, all of which could be assigned to students to bring in for their individual projects