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Discussion Questions

  1. What criteria does Roberta Galler sense that Rabbi Nussbaum is using to decide who are "his people" while he's in Hind County Jail?
  2. How is Rabbi Nussbaum using his idea of membership and belonging to guide his actions in this situation?
  3. Why do you think Rabbi Nussbaum might have been more inclined to help his own group than helping everyone in the cell?
  4. What criteria do you think Roberta Galler uses to define her group in this situation? Why might this be true? What do you think this might say about the way she identifies? How might her identity be shaping her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement?
  5. We know some things about Rabbi Nussbaum that Roberta Galler did not, namely that he was also a supporter of civil rights whose actions had very real and violent consequences for him, his family, and his synagogue. How do you think Rabbi Nussbaum's idea about who are "his people" might have been different in other situations relating to civil rights?
  6. How do Rabbi Nussbaum and Roberta Galler’s understandings of their own identities shape their actions? (Think not only about this incident in the jail, but also more broadly.)

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Discussion Questions." (Viewed on January 20, 2018) <>.


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