Israel Module

The Jewish Lens Israel Module is designed to complement the main Jewish Lens curriculum with a more focused exploration of the significance of Israel within Jewish history, values, and peoplehood. The module can be used in conjunction with the full Jewish Lens curriculum or serve as a stand-alone curriculum unit. It includes six lessons, each with ideas for extending the topics more broadly.

Like the main curriculum, the Israel Module is built on a joint foundation of visual literacy and textual literacy. Each lesson combines an exploration of Jewish text and photographic images to examine a different aspect of Israel – its history, geography, culture, and meaning to Jewish communities around the world. It also includes numerous opportunities for student expression through photography and other modalities.

If you wish to integrate the Israel Module with the main curriculum, you might consider introducing some of these Israel lessons in the context of Jewish values. The centrality of Israel is of course one of the key Jewish values explored in The Jewish Lens. Lesson 10 of the main curriculum encourages teachers to examine some of these values in depth, so you may opt to include some of the Israel lessons at that point in your teaching.

The Israel Education Module can be taught as a separate stand-alone unit, however it is important to incorporate elements of the main curriculum into your teaching:
* For example, before beginning the Israel Module, you’ll want to explore some of the lessons in Unit One of the main curriculum. These lessons will provide a solid foundation for examining image and text as well as taking pictures.
* Similarly, Lesson 17 of the main curriculum offers valuable ideas and insights for creating an exhibition of student work at the end of your study.

Finally, we encourage you to integrate these lessons into your ongoing classroom explorations of Israel as you see fit, in order to enhance your students’ understanding of Israel, its meaning, and its importance in Jewish life and tradition.

Israel Lesson 1: Home/Homeland

Students will consider what makes a “home and a ”homeland”, analyze several Jewish texts, write first-person accounts and create posters focusing on these concepts using personal photography and short written critiques.

Israel Lesson 2: Past and Present

Students will analyze Jewish texts to understand how the connection between the past and present are central to Jewish identity, draw and identify connections between Jewish texts and photographs of Israel as well as explore, how objects in students’...

Israel Lesson 3: The Land of Israel

Students will consider their personal relationships with the Land of Israel as well as the relationship between Israel and the Jewish people.

Israel Lesson 4: Returning to the Land

Students will examine the central Zionist concept of Kibbutz Galuyot (קיבוץ גלויות), the in-gathering of exiles, define and understand “refuge” and “refugee” in the context of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people.

Israel Lesson 5: Culture and People

Students will develop definitions for “a culture” and “culture,” and connect the concepts explored in the previous lessons to the idea of Israeli culture.

Israel Lesson 6: Holiness & Spirituality

Students will identify people, places, objects, and activities that are considered “holy” or “spiritual,” and interpret related Jewish texts. focusing on these concepts.

Seven For A Minyan – Departure and Expulsion of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran

Seven For A Minyan – Lesson in honor of November 30, the Day to Mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran Dr. Michal Schwartz In this lesson, we will become acquainted with the...