JWA's educational philosophy is based on the idea that historical documents (photographs, letters, posters, sermons, etc.) can provide an entry point to almost any aspect of Jewish life. Primary sources can provide a fresh take on an old idea, and their modern context is interesting and relatable to students of all ages. The Jewish Women’s Archive is committed to training and supporting educators through a variety of professional development opportunities and resources. Etta King, JWA's Education Program Manager is always available to answer your questions, so please be in touch.
Featuring a range of fast-paced, interactive programs with JWA staff, content experts, and members of JWA’s National Educators Network, you will explore new stories about Jewish heroes and Jewish activism. Each session includes opportunities to discuss ideas and participate in modeled techniques for leading primary source-based learning in your educational setting. These programs are made possible by the Dorot Foundation and the Crown Family Philanthropies.
Our newest face-to-face program expands this year as we take JWA “on-the-road” once again to different cities across the country. Join JWA staff, historians, and colleagues for two days of rich, exciting professional growth. In the summer of 2013, we brought our workshops to NYC and the Bay Area. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s workshops. These programs are made possible by the Dorot Foundation, the Crown Family Philanthropies, and Taube Philanthropies.
Primary sources are at the core of all of JWA’s education programs. Historical sources serve as relatable Jewish texts that introduce new voices, perspectives, and ideas. While we have many activities and lessons on our site, we encourage educators to build their own lessons using relevant primary sources to encourage students to investigate Jewish values and Jewish history. This page is a quick guide to finding resources for primary source-based learning including worksheets, lesson planning guides, and tips for selecting the right sources for your students.
Customized Training Programs
Bring JWA staff into your school—either online or in-person—for a custom professional development experience that will challenge and inspire your colleagues. We offer one-time and multiple-session programs to meet your specific goals and needs. Contact Paula Sinclair, Director of Programs and Partnerships, to develop a program that is right for you!
Each year, the Twersky Award is presented to an educator in a Jewish setting who demonstrates a commitment to integrating the stories and voices of Jewish women into her/his curriculum through the creative use of primary sources.