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Triangle Factory Owners and Workers

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Lesson plans about Judaism and labor to accompany the mobile game

Jewish Time Jump: New York

Through four modular lesson plans, students in grades 5-7 learn about Jewish workers, employers, and labor activism in the early 20th century. Developed in partnership with ConverJent, the Jewish Time Jump: New York lesson plans and activities include traditional Jewish texts, stories about contemporary labor issues, and a guide for parents.

Shelter Us in the Shadow of Your Wings, 1901

The Immigrant Experience in NYC, 1880-1920 (Module #1)

Consider the economic and social forces that shaped Jewish immigrants' everyday lives and meet real-life workers and factory owners.

Ladies Tailors Strikers, February 1909

Strikes and Unions (Module #2)

Explore the realities of working conditions in garment factories and the experiences of labor union members. Then uncover why and how both workers and factory owners organized to reach their goals.

Students Discussing Talmud

Judaism, Text Study, and Labor (Module #3)

Study several traditional Jewish texts and apply the concepts in these texts to the stories and characters in the game. Think about the lessons Judaism teaches about the responsibilities of workers and employers.

Dhaka Savar Building Collapse, April 24, 2013

Contemporary Labor Issues (Module #4)

Examine modern labor justice issues to allow students to consider their own stance on events like the 2013 collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh or the reports of poor working conditions in Chinese factories that produce iPhones and iPads.

About Jewish Time Jump: New York

A project of ConverJent, an organization dedicated to developing games for Jewish learning, the game Jewish Time Jump: New York positions students as journalists for the fictional Jewish Time Jump Gazette. Using GPS coordinates to interact with characters from the early 20th century, students learn about the people and events that shaped US labor history, including Rose Schneiderman, Clara Lemlich, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. The accompanying Parent Guide provides troubleshooting tips, background information, and prompts to inspire conversation between game participants.

Get the game and learn more on the ConverJent website.

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Jewish Time Jump: New York lesson plans and activities were made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Time Jump: New York." (Viewed on February 24, 2017) <https://jwa.org/teach/jewishtimejump>.

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