This lesson, which can be adapted for 5th-12th graders, helps students explore discrimination and how Jewish values can help us to pursue social justice. Students pick a Jewish value to help guide them towards an issue of social justice. Students also design a campaign to address a cause that has meaning to them.
By Rebecca Weiner
Jewish Social Action Maps
Author: Rebecca Weiner
Content Areas: Activism & Civil Rights, Ally, Bullying or Harassment, Jewish Law, Jewish Values
Grades: 5th —12th grade
Objectives: This lesson helps students explore discrimination and how Jewish values can help us to pursue social justice. Students pick a Jewish value to help guide them towards an issue of social justice. Students design a campaign to address a cause that has meaning to them.
Ice Breaker: Sit down, Stand Up
Read off this list of questions and ask students to stand up if this applies to them:
Activity 1: Jewish values and social change.
Have students pick a Jewish value out of a box.
ACTIVISM, SOCIAL — TIKUN OLAM
ACTS OF LOVINGKINDNESS — GEMILUT HASADIM
AIDING THOSE IN DISTRESS — HAKEM TAKIM IMO
ALL OF ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE ANOTHER — KOL YISRAEL AREVIM ZEH BASEH
BEHAVING PROPERLY WITH GOOD MANNERS — DEREKH ERETZ
BRINGING PEACE BETWEEN PEOPLE — HA VA’AT SHALOM BEIN ADAM
CHOOSING BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG — BECHIRAH HOFSHIT
COMMUNITY — KEHILLAH
COMPASSION — RACHAMIM
CRITICIZING CONSTRUCTIVELY — HOCHEACH TOCHEEACH
DECENT PERSON — MENSCH
DECENT SPEECH — LASHON TOV
Each group should present their Jewish value and a cause that is about fighting discrimination in some ways. You can help the students develop topic areas such as:
Activity 2: Action plans.
Students should develop an action plan to address one of these issues that relate to the Jewish Value.
Activity 3: Posters for change.
Each student should be given poster board and art supplies to create a poster that relates to their topic.
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