Below is a collection of articles and lesson plans created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators about general approaches to teaching Jewish History.
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ARTICLES AND EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES
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An Integrated Approach to Teaching Jewish and World History – This curricular plan explores an integrated approach to teaching Jewish History alongside general World History.
Rising Voices Fellowship: Teaching History Teaches Resilience – This article from Jewish Educational Leadership reviews how the Rising Voices Fellowship encourages students to draw strength from both historical and contemporary Jewish women role models.
🔒 Facing History and Ourselves School Partner Project – This article from Jewish Educational Leadership reviews a pilot program to incorporate a history program into American Jewish day schools in an effort to teach about the value of Tikkun Olam.
🔒 Teaching Jewish Identity and History Through “Art” – This article from Jewish Educational Leadership explores how art can be used as a tool in the classroom to help students connect personally to Jewish history.
Teaching Jewish History – This issue of HaYidion includes a variety of approaches and pedagogical strategies for teaching Jewish History.
Choosing Meaningful Content – This article from Jewish Educational Leadership examines the need to choose meaningful content when teaching students about Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish History.
Curating the Past, Creating the Future – This article from Jewish Educational Leadership explores how history can be taught in a meaningful way through finding personal connections to the past.
Owning Our Texts – This blog post from The Lookstein Center’s Gen Ed Torah series emphasizes the need for young Jewish students to take ownership over historical texts and apply them in a real-world setting.
A Study of Jewish History in Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High Schools – This article explores how Jewish history was taught in modern Orthodox yeshiva high schools in the late 20th century.
Teaching Jewish History: A Major Impediment – This article from Robert Chazan analyzes why students find history uninteresting and how to best address the issue.
Journal of Jewish Education Volume 84, Issue 2 – This issue, which includes articles, book reviews, and more, tackles the subject of teaching Jewish history.
Active Learning in the Teaching of History in Elementary and Secondary Schools – This article by Nechama Leibowitz reviews methods for teaching history to young students.
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