2013 New York Area Workshop
The Power of Our Stories: A Workshop for Jewish Educators
June 24–25, 2013
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Join the Jewish Women’s Archive for two days of intensive professional development designed to enrich your teaching with the stories of American Jewish lives, past and present. The 2013 workshop will focus on the role of Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements in the U.S.
As one of 25 educators who teach in Jewish settings in the New York City area, you will have the opportunity to work with historians and master teachers to:
- INVESTIGATE themes in Jewish women’s history and the history of social movements in the U.S.;
- EXAMINE primary source documents and oral histories;
- EXPLORE the wealth of resources on jwa.org; and
- LEARN strategies for using historical sources to teach language arts, Jewish history, Judaic studies, and other subjects.
Who is eligible to attend the workshop?
The workshop is open to Jewish educators of any gender, working in any Jewish educational setting, formal or informal. Our education materials are primarily written for students in grades 8-12, but we welcome educators working with all ages who are interested in adapting the material. Participants do not need to be from New York City but JWA is unable to provide lodging or travel stipends.
Kosher lunches and snacks will be provided. We will provide written confirmation on completion of the workshop for anyone meeting continuing education or professional development requirements.
- A session with Dr. Debra Schultz, author of Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement.
- Learning with Dr. Annie Polland, Vice President of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
- Take a tour of the Jewish apartment and learn about Jewish garment workers at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
- Model lessons from the Living the Legacy project.
- Time for lesson planning and collaboration.
- Detailed introduction to JWA's curricular materials from education staff.
Bread and Roses, Too: A Public Program
Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
The American Labor Movement has always been a place of innovation and activity for Jewish women. Invite your friends and colleagues to join you for this panel discussion featuring an early innovator, a labor historian, a union leader, and a cultural activist. The multi-generational panel will explore the role Jewish women continue to play. Panelists include Maida Rosenstein, President Local 2110, UAW; Eleanor Tilson, co-founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and Exec Director of 1199 Service Employees International Union Benefit and Pension fund; and Rachel Bernstein, co-founder and co-historian of LABOR ARTS and Adjunct Professor of History at the Program in Public History at NYU. Moderated by Esther Cohen, author, activist, former Executive Director of Bread and Roses. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Center for Jewish History.
$10 general admission; $8 CJH and JWA members, seniors, students. There is no charge for JWA workshop participants.
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The following articles will provide historical context and an introduction to the themes we will be exploring in our program.
- Chronology from 'Civil Rights--The 1960s Freedom Struggle' by Rhoda Louis Blumberg
- Introduction to 'Going South' by Debra Schultz
- Jewish Labor Movement by Lucy Dawidowicz
- “Organizing the Unorganizable” by Alice Kessler–Harris
Living the Legacy (LTL) uses primary sources to explore the roles of American Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements. The 24 lessons that comprise LTL include art projects, text studies, role-playing opportunities, and more, providing new entry points to Jewish identification for young Jews interested in social justice. LTL is designed for use in both formal and informal settings with students in grades 8-12. The materials are flexible and easy to adapt, and all the resources in LTL are free and accessible online.
Questions and Inquiries
Please email us or call Etta King, Education Program Manager: 617-383-6763.