Living the Legacy


Jews and Agricultural Labor

Unit 1 , Lesson 6

Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacy

Jews and Agricultural Labor

Teacher resources: 
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has several resources on the Farm Bill from a Jewish perspective.
  • Read articles about the Farm Bill on the Global Voices blog.
  • Test your knowledge on the Farm Bill, or take this quiz as a class.
  • This brief PDF outlines the content and purpose of the Farm Bill as well as the passage process.
  • Sign the Jewish Petition for a Just Farm Bill and join other Jews in calling for the creation of a food system that reflects our community‚Äôs vision and values.
  • A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma, California, is a documentary about Jews who fled the pogroms in Eastern Europe to become chicken farmers in the U.S. Includes historical resources and information to rent or buy the movie.
    abUSed is a documentary about the 2008 immigration raid on the Agriprocessor, Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa.
    Website for Magen Tzedek, an organization that provides an ethical certification for kosher food.
    Website for Tav HaYosher, a grassroots initiative to create just workplaces in kosher restaurants. Includes a restaurant list, a description of standards, and resources for restaurants, workers, and community organizers.
    For younger students, Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio provides a visual representation of how globalization, migration, and rising affluence are affecting the diets of communities around the globe. You can also listen to an interview with the author and photographer on NPR's All Things Considered.

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