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In 2009 JUFJ's Labor on the Bimah program focused on wage theft. This is a sheet of sources on that topic taken from the resource packet.
This two-part lesson gives students the opportunity to reflect on why Jews celebrate certain events in community. Using group discussion and work in pairs, Part A asks students to think about their own bar/bat mitzvahs and how it would have felt to not celebrate with family and friends. Students then reflect on a quote from Talmud about marking certain events with community. In Part B, students discuss in pairs the experiences of two gay people from the film Hineini.They will reflect on how it might feel to be separate or isolated from one’s community because of some aspect of one’s identity. Each part of the lesson can be done separately or the two can be done together.You can also use Part A as an activity before screening all or part of Hineini and Part B after students have seen the film.
Dr. David I. Bernstein, Ph.D, Dean - Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Uri L'Tzedek Beit Midrash, New York, NY February 17, 2010/ eve of 4 Adar 5770
This source sheet explores Jewish responses to disaster. It uses modern and ancient texts to encourage taking action to respond to the January, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This source sheet could be tailored to a discussion around a different disaster, as well.
An exploration of basic human values through Jewish texts.
In much of traditional Jewish text, women are the Objects of men's attention, legislation, sexual longing, criticism, etc. A central element of women's empowerment is recognizing women as subjects, autonomous agents who are not defined or valued through their relationship with others, particularly men. Critical precedents for this perspective appear scattered throughout the text.
This source sheet shows different Jewish texts that encourage personal responsibility and action.
For Justice class, to aid a Jewishly informed movement against bullying
This is a source sheet to begin our discussion of caring for the orphan.
From the Sources is designed to facilitate holiday text study around issues of social justice. We invite you to engage in the texts and use them in your community to teach and take action. Use From the Sources to: • Learn with others. Read through this text study together with a friend or a group of friends and discuss the issues it raises. • Enrich your own learning. This resource aims to inspire thought-provoking and challenging perspectives on the holiday texts. • Teach. Invite others to share in this learning. Use it as the basis for a dvar Torah or to motivate action in support of advocacy or tzedakah initiatives in your school, synagogue or Hillel.