Living the Legacy


Living the Legacy - Lessons

Civil Rights - Unit 1 - Personal Identity and Action

  • Jacob
    Unit 1, Lesson 1 - Exploring My Identity

    Explore the complexities of our own identities, and how these identities shape the way we view and act in the world.

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  • Group with "Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor" sign
    Unit 1, Lesson 2 - How Does My Identity Inform My Actions?

    Consider how Jewish experiences and values – in both conscious and unconscious ways – informed the actions of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement, and inform our own allegiances and behaviors.

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    Unit 1, Lesson 3 - Jews and the Civil Rights Movement: the Whys and Why Nots

    Assume the roles of Southern Jews participating in a Temple board meeting on whether or not to support Northern Jewish activists staging a protest in town.

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  • Bombing of The Temple, Atlanta, Georgia
    Unit 1, Lesson 4 - Power, Privilege, and Responsibility

    Analyze how power and privilege shape our relationships and involvement in social justice and activism, using sources including clips from the film Driving Miss Daisy.

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Civil Rights - Unit 2 - Defining Activism and the Civil Rights Movement

  • Sign for Colored Waiting Room
    Unit 2, Lesson 1 - Moments of Personal Resistance

    Examine how individuals take stands against racism and injustice using an essay by Grace Paley and three other short vignettes of individual protest.

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  • Justine Wise Polier as a Young Judge
    Unit 2, Lesson 2 - De facto segregation in the North: Skipwith vs. NYC Board of Education

    Investigate the dynamics of segregation in northern schools through a New York City court case ruled on by Judge and Jewish activist Justine Wise Polier.

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  • Judith Frieze Intake Image
    Unit 2, Lesson 3 - Civil Disobedience: Freedom Rides

    Discover the story of one young Jewish Freedom Rider and Gandhi's principles of civil disobedience, and prepare your own civil disobedience training video.

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  • Image of Heather Booth and Fannie Lou Hamer
    Unit 2, Lesson 4 - Community Organizing I: Freedom Summer

    Explore the role of community organizing, Jewish values, and moral conviction in the lives of young civil rights activists as you imagine yourself a participant in Mississippi Freedom Summer.

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    Unit 2, Lesson 5 - Community Organizing II: Wednesdays in Mississippi

    Encounter a little known story of women collaborating across geographic, racial, and religious boundaries through documentary clips of Wednesdays in Mississippi activists.

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  • Central Conference of American Rabbis at the March on Washington
    Unit 2, Lesson 6 - Jewish clergy in the Civil Rights Movement

    Unpack the roles, motivations, and challenges of Southern and Northern rabbis during the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • National Federation of Temple Youth at the March on Washington
    Unit 2, Lesson 7 - The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

    Use images, artifacts, and audio clips to develop a more nuanced understanding of the March on Washington.

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Civil Rights - Unit 3 - Changes and Challenges

  • Unit 3, Lesson 1 - Jews and African Americans: Siblings in Oppression?

    Explore and interrogate the identification between Jews and African-Americans against the backdrop of the Passover seder.

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  • Unit 3, Lesson 2 - Growing tensions I: Black-Jewish Relations

    Analyze how underlying rifts in the relationship between African Americans and Jews brought these groups into more overt conflict in the late 1960s, with a focus on the Ocean Hill-Brownsville school crisis and a poetry slam activity.

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  • Unit 3, Lesson 3 - Growing tensions II: Affirmative Action

    Assess Jewish attitudes towards Affirmative Action as an example of how individuals and communities try to manage competing priorities.

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  • Sukkot in Connecticut
    Unit 3, Lesson 4 - Moving Inward: bringing liberation movements into the Jewish community

    Act out, through tableaux vivants, the ways Jews took what they had learned from the Civil Rights Movement and other liberation movements and used these insights to change the Jewish community.

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  • Marriage Equality
    Unit 3, Lesson 5 - Civil Rights and Social Justice Today

    Consider what contemporary civil rights and social justice issues matter to us today, and how Jews and African Americans determine their priorities and responsibilities to effect social change.

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Labor - Unit 1 - Jews and Labor

  • Garment workers rehearse a chorus for ILGWU's own theater, Labor Stage
    Unit 1, Lesson 1 - Bread and Roses - Defining Basic Needs

    Explore the concept of “Bread and Roses” and ideas about work and dignity, with specific cases on education and culture, hats and clothing, poetry and song, as well as traditional Jewish texts about labor.

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  • Photo of a Small Garment Factory
    Unit 1, Lesson 2 - From Suffering to Action, From the Individual to the Collective

    Investigate the workplace conditions that led immigrant women to strike in the “Uprising of the 20,000” in 1909-1910, and the tragedy of the Triangle fire that led to lasting labor reform.

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  • The Return from Toil
    Unit 1, Lesson 3 - Identity, Independence, and Becoming American Jews

    Examine inter-generational relationships among Jewish immigrants, and the role of work and workers’ youth culture in the Americanization process. Use art and writing to explore your own identity formation.

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  • Seal of the National Women's Trade Union League
    Unit 1, Lesson 4 - Workers and Their Allies, Then and Now

    Through the history of mutual aid societies, unions, and settlement houses, as well as contemporary organizations working for labor rights, consider the ways Jews have supported one another and also worked in solidarity with others to repair the world.

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  • "Women Resume Riots Against Meat Shops" New York Times
    Unit 1, Lesson 5 - Housewives and Consumer Organizing

    Consider the impact of consumer organizing by analyzing the day-to-day actions of the key players in the 1902 kosher meat boycott.

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  • Federation of Jewish Farmers of America Convention Booklet
    Unit 1, Lesson 6 - Jews and Agricultural Labor

    Discover the little-known history of American Jewish farming and explore the contemporary resurgent Jewish interest in food justice. Analyze traditional and modern texts about Jewish values and food production and consumption, and design your own vision for how society should produce, distribute, and consume food.

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  • Don't Patronize Reds!
    Unit 1, Lesson 7 - Jewish Radicalism and the Red Scare

    Examine the rich tradition of Jewish radical politics and its repression in the McCarthy era, focusing on the history of Jewish radicalism in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood blacklists of the 1940s and 1950s.

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  • Boston Workmen's Circle Demonstration at Trader Joe's
    Unit 1, Lesson 8 - Contemporary Jewish Labor Campaigns: The Labor Movement Begins at Home

    Explore contemporary Jewish labor campaigns on issues such as the living wage and the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, and analyze how and why Jewish organizations are advocating in solidarity with oppressed workers.

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