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Online Learning Programs

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Sam Wood, Marilyn Heiss, and Alana Alpert discuss an historical photograph at the 2012 Institute for Educators. Photo by Gus Freedman. Copyright 2012 Jewish Women's Archive.

Upcoming Programs

Unlocking the Power of Oral History with Etta King

Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm Eastern
For: All Settings, All Ages

Talking with older relatives and community members about their lives is a great way for students to build practical skills, develop new relationships, and unlock exciting historical stories. Learn how to lead an oral history project with your students, be introduced to JWA’s myriad oral history resources, and brainstorm with colleagues about how to bring inter-generational story sharing into your classroom or community.

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Twersky Winner Tells All with Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen

Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm Eastern
For: Supplemental School, High School

Learn about the history of Confirmation through incredible letters and photographs with 2014 Twersky Award Winner Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen of Potomac, MD. Participate in some of the activities from her award-winning lesson and learn about how to create your own original lesson plan for submission to JWA’s 2015 Twersky Award.

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Music and Lyrics: Learning from Songs with Pauli Katz

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm Eastern
For: All Settings, Elementary and Middle School Educators

Letters and articles can be difficult sources for younger students to parse. Yet, songs with melody and lyrics provide rich and multi-layered opportunities that meet students’ diverse learning needs while helping achieve your educational goals. Learn how to guide students through the exploration of musical elements and analysis of lyrics, and get some ideas for how to weave historical music into your lessons about history, holidays, and Jewish values.

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Twersky Finalist Tells All with Rabbi Mike Rothbaum

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm Eastern
For: All Settings, Middle and High School

Learn about the groundbreaking work of Jewish artist Barbara Kruger with 2014 Twersky Award Finalist Rabbi Mike Rothbaum of Oakland, CA. Examine student work and participate in some of the activities from his award-winning lesson. Learn how to create your own original lesson plan for submission to JWA’s 2015 Twersky Award.

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Adapting and Scaffolding Texts for Younger Students with Jonah Hassenfeld

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm Eastern
For: All Settings, Elementary and Middle School Educators

What do you do when you find an amazing letter or article that is too long or too dense for your students? Learn how to modify and excerpt documents, allowing students to access the important ideas within them without losing the voice or intention of the original composition. See examples of modified documents and discuss strategies for introducing them to your students.

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Recorded Programs

All of our past online learning programs have been recorded and are available to watch on YouTube. Follow the links below to view the programs, read presentation notes, and view the materials offered.

Freedom Summer: 50th Anniversary Celebration

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer. Investigate how community organizing, Jewish values, and moral conviction influenced the lives of Jewish Freedom Summer activists. We will model activities that will teach your students about courage, activism, and Jewish identity using the Living the Legacy curriculum.

An American Jew in Israel

Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut) is only a month away! Through the lively and engaging letters of Zipporah “Zippy” Porath, a young American woman who was studying at Hebrew University in 1947, we will explore the joy and the heartbreak that led up to Israel’s statehood and examine the role that gender played in one woman’s Zionist experience.

Queen Esther and Bella Abzug: Costumes, Leadership, and Identity

Throughout history, activists have chosen different costumes and personas as strategic tools to help them stand up against injustice. Examine how the biblical figure Esther and the historical figure Bella Abzug fought for justice and liberation by adopting personas that helped them to achieve their goals. JWA staff will demonstrate ways to use the stories of these women in your classrooms as you prepare for Purim.

Collective Action: Lessons from the Labor Movement

What is the meaning of work? What conditions cause workers to suffer and what inspires them to take action to improve their lives? What can Jewish history teach us about contemporary labor issues and our responsibility towards workers around the world? Watch interactive activities and see an experienced facilitator model investigations of several historical artifacts you can put to use in your classroom.

Wednesdays in Mississippi: 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years ago, a group of middle class women took on the problem of racism in the American South. Learn about this little known story of women collaborating across geographic, racial, and religious boundaries through documentary clips of Wednesdays in Mississippi activists. Explore the challenges and benefits of creating social change through community coalitions and discuss ways to connect this story to conversations about activism within your own community.

Jews, Music, and the Civil Rights Movement

Music has tremendous power to inspire people and bring people together—in both good times and challenging ones. In preparation for Black History Month and Martin Luther King Day, learn how music incited social change during the Civil Rights Movement. Discuss the role of music within Judaism and how that compares to how music was used in the primarily Christian context of the Civil Rights Movement. This session includes a brief tutorial on writing your own freedom/protest songs.

Freedom Summer: 50th Anniversary Celebration

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer. Investigate how community organizing, Jewish values, and moral conviction influenced the lives of Jewish Freedom Summer activists. We will model activities that will teach your students about courage, activism, and Jewish identity using the Living the Legacy curriculum.

Listen and Tell: Oral History Projects

Learn about tools and techniques that will make oral history projects more engaging for both you and your students. Get oriented to various online resources that will help you collect and share stories in your classroom or community. Finally, explore how oral histories can be used as “Jewish texts” that teach students about Jewish history, identity, and community.

Hanukkah: Ignite and Inspire

Build connections among Jewish values, trailblazing Jewish women, and the Hanukkah story. This program will provide a new lens for teaching your students about Hanukkah that goes beyond the Maccabees and the candle lighting blessings. JWA staff will model resources and activities that can be put to use as you celebrate the festival of lights this year.

Women of Valor: Jewish Heroes Across Time

Learn about the lives of three trailblazing women and get some practical ideas for how to bring their stories into your community in creative ways.

Butchers, Babushkas, and Consumer Activism

Learn about the 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott in New York City and listen to a discussion of how consumer activism relates to Jewish values. Share your thoughts and comments.

"But I Don't Teach History!" Using Historical Sources in Jewish Education

Get new ideas for using historical sources across the curriculum to build connections between different entry points for Jewish education. Watch the recording and add your ideas.

Teachers Tell All: Voices from the Field

Learn from a group of hand-picked educators from around the country. Seven teachers share their work and field questions from webinar participants. Presenter bios and powerpoint presentations are included.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Online Learning Programs." (Viewed on November 1, 2014) <http://jwa.org/teach/profdev/webinars>.

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