ISRAEL

Israel: Six Lenses. A response curriculum
This response curriculum is designed to help educators consider age-appropriate ways to place Israel front and center in our lessons and special events planning. It focuses on six big ideas:
  1. Israel is a special place for Jews worldwide.
  2. Just as we stand by a friend in times of trouble, the Jewish community stands by Israel at this difficult time.
  3. It is important to be "critical consumers" of media, carefully evaluating the veracity and slant of the news about Israel.
  4. Israel anchors the Jewish people as a spiritual, national, and cultural center.
  5. To equate the actions of the Israeli army with those of Hamas terrorists, draws a moral equivalency that does not exist.
  6. There are specific actions we as American Jews can do to support Israel.
While developed in the shadow of the conflict with Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014, it was designed to be useful at any time of year. Download it from the IMMEDIATE RESPONSE CURRICULUM page of this wiki.


Israel Clicks! A website with linked-resources for teens and young adults to help answer questions that grew out of the Summer 2014 Israel/Hamas conflict. http://israelclicks.weebly.com.

Hope of Israel: UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Promise of Israel: HIGH SCHOOL
These two units were developed as an educational “spiral” using the same Enduring Understanding for each grade, five years a part. The Hope of Israel (originally developed for Grade Five) uses Israel’s national anthem as its lens on Israeli society. The Promise of Israel (originally developed for Grade Ten) explores the promise made by God in the Torah that the Land would belong to the Jews, as well as the commitments of generations of Jews to that promise.
IS.5 - The Hope of Israel.pdf
IS.6 - The Promise of Israel.pdf

Connecting to the People of Israel – Partnerships in Israel
MIDDLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Cleveland has had a strong relationship with the State of Israel, even before its birth. This unit explores one articulation of that relationship: Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s PACT (Parents and Children Together) Program. Using photographs and artifacts, students explore the goals of PACT and its impact on the Ethiopian-Israeli community. The Curriculum Department has “suitcases” to loan local schools with all the artifacts and materials needed for this unit.
IS.8 - Connecting to the People of Israel (grades 2-4).pdf

Connecting to the People of Israel – Partnerships in Israel
MIDDLE SCHOOL
The unit for older students focuses on Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s key partnership projects in Israel: PACT, our Partnership 2000 Community of Beit Shean, the Haavat Hashomer army base, and ISHA, the women’s health initiative. In small groups, students unpack suitcases and explore the ways that both Cleveland and Israel benefit from this work. The Curriculum Department has “suitcases” to loan local schools with all the artifacts and materials needed for this unit.
IS.9 - Connecting to the People of Israel (grades 6-9).pdf

The Music of Hadag Nachash
HIGH SCHOOL
This lesson plan was designed to introduce high school students to Hadag Nachash, giving the background and history of the band, and providing a context for listening, better understanding and enjoying Hadag Nachash's music. Two songs are focused on: Misparim and Ratziti Sheteda.
IS.10 - The Music of Hadag Nachash.pdf