Our Jewish Education Program works with educators and young people to connect the past to the present.

Through the integration of history and ethics, this program promotes an understanding of how Jewish values and texts can inspire students to combat prejudice with compassion and indifference with participation.

What Others Say About Our Program:

Facing History and Ourselves’ Jewish Education Program helps educators bring together tradition and heritage with classroom experiences that are relevant, engaging, and compelling for today's teenagers. Hear from the educators and students who love this program.

Explore Professional Development Opportunities

We offer workshops, seminars, and professional coaching both to individual teachers and whole schools, in formal and informal educational settings. See below for upcoming Professional Development designed especially for educators in Jewish settings. See the calendar for the complete list of all Facing History events. 

2015

October

  • 15
    Holocaust and Human Behavior in Jewish Settings
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    Get more details about how to register or pay for Facing History professional development. Payment options, help with costs, refunds, becoming a Facing History Educator Network member, and more.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in a Jewish Setting

    Grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values, this online course examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the connection between Jewish history and identity, the moral questions inherent in everyday life, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.

    10.15.15 - 12.9.15
2016

July

  • 10
    Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Setting
    Seminar
    Massachusetts
    $800.00

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    Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings

    Grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values, this seminar examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the connection between Jewish history and identity, the moral questions inherent in everyday life, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.

    7.10.16 - 7.14.16
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves Professional Development Center
    16 Hurd Road
    Brookline, MA 02445

Our Most Popular Classroom Resources

Educators in the Jewish Education Program most often use the following Facing History publications and resources in their classrooms.

 

The Jews of Poland

The Jews of Poland considers the ways Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe responded to questions of identity, membership, and difference at various times in their shared history. Students explore this history by reading autobiographies, diaries, official documents, literary works, and other sources. Each helps them draw conclusions from what we see to what we do not see and recognize themselves in the past, on the steps to the present.

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A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism  is an accessible history of antisemitism. This book masterfully communicates the magnitude of this hatred over the centuries and reveals why so many people in so many places have found antisemitism a most “convenient hatred.”

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Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Our core work, Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior (576 pages) provides an interdisciplinary approach to citizenship education. Students move from thought to judgment to participation as they confront the moral questions inherent in a study of violence, racism, antisemitism and bigotry.

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Sacred Texts, Modern Questions

Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History Through a Jewish Lens is a resource designed specifically for educators in a Jewish setting. This five unit collection of lessons explores sacred texts of the past and the questions that shape our present. It makes connections between instances of moral courage in Pharaoh's Egypt, struggles of conscience and faith in Hitler's Europe, and readings from today's influential thinkers.

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Find more units, lessons, study guides, and articles designed to be used by Educators in Jewish day and congregational schools.

Contact Us

Interested in bringing this program into your classroom? Can’t find a resource you’re looking for? Contact us at info@facinghistory.org and we'll work with you to find out how we can help you and your school.