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Falling From Greatness

Accounts of public figures involved in scandals or engaging in misconduct are often in the headlines. These events provide educators with opportunities to...
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Mental Health Resources

Our guide provides access to learn about common mental health conditions, listen to first-person stories of struggle and survival, read discussions on...
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The Power of Words

In Judaism words do far more than tell, describe, or explain.  According to tradition, words can create an entire world out of...
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Fake News

In this online unit, students in grades eight though twelve will explore multiple aspects of “fake news” from a Jewish perspective. The...
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War Rules

With the world in upheaval on many fronts, the threat of war seems to be in the news on a regular basis....
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How to do Bikkur Cholim

Hand out these guidelines about the mitzvah of visiting the sick to help students and their families comfort those affected by...
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Wash Your Hands

For children, washing hands may seem like a chore and not a life-saving activity. Using this lesson, learn how hand-washing helped the...
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The Masked Shofar

How sound is transmitted can make a big difference in how we experience the sound. Sometimes things that are meaningful to us...
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Super Abraham

Abraham a superhero? May be! In this activity, students dive into a heroic event in Abraham’s life and compare his actions to...
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More Than a Day of Rest

Keeping Shabbat can be done in many different ways. In this activity, students compare things they consider “regular” to things they consider...
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I Believe

What is a Jewish belief? Students explore that question as they examine Maimonides’ Principles of Faith and find their own creative ways...
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Together Again

The first Hanukkah was a great communal celebration of rededicating the Temple in Jerusalem. In this activity, students use technology to demonstrate...
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Prayable Moments

When national news or important life events become the focus of student attention, turn those conversations into ‘Prayable Moments.’ Using this lesson...
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Bentching Gomel

Bentching Gomel is the reciting of the gomel prayer after surviving a life threatening or dangerous situation. Help students express and discuss...
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Psalms in Song Blendspace

This Blendspace is a curated list of videos, songs, and websites that will engage students in the Psalms curriculum. The Blendspace includes 25...
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Satire, Humor and Cartooning

Explore social commentary and satire as Jewish tools for coping with difficult situations. Students will learn to “read” or interpret cartoons and...
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Despair and Resilience

When we think about despair (Hebrew: ייאוש) today, we often think about losing hope. Biblical texts deal with this type of despair...
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Vengeance

When tragedy occurs it is natural to feel a whole range of emotions, including anger, or even its more potent relative, rage....
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The Pursuer

As you read these texts on the Hebrew concept of the “pursuer,” consider how the word is used most prominently in the...
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Talking Kids Through Trauma

This PowerPoint, Managing Stress in Difficult Times, was developed to assist teachers and parents better understand children’s responses to traumatic events at...
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