Lesson of the Month
Need for a Jewish State – Rosh Hashana
The Soviet Union forbade any unique religious ritual from 1917 onward. By the time the state of Israel was declared in 1948, the USSR thought that no one would feel a connection to the Jewish State because their ability to practice Judaism had been suppressed for so long. But, when Golda Meir, the first Israeli envoy and minister to the USSR, arrived on Rosh Hashanah, something unexpected happened..
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
– explain the role of ritual in Jewish identity.
– identify the role of Israel to Jews around the world.
– identify rituals and holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, that contribute to the students’ personal identity.
To view the full lesson, click here.
The Story Of the Refusenik Project
The Lookstein Center is continuously looking for educators, projects, and ideas to support, enhance, and disrupt the Jewish educational ecosystem. When we met Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, a renowned Israeli filmmaker dedicating her life to sharing the story of her parents and the population of Soviet Jews, an obvious partnership was born.
The story of Soviet Jewry is one of Jewish solidarity,
While researching for her film Operation Wedding, Anat witnessed first hand that Jewish solidarity can change the course of history. She found rare archives, interviewed former key KGB members, and uncovered a web of lies, rewritten facts, and political secrets. She found that the collective memory of the plight of Soviet Jews is fading and that there is little documentation.
The Lookstein Center has created a collection of lesson plans and educational activities to complement these findings, and to teach the next generation that all Jews are responsible for one another and that every single individual can make a difference.
We also opened a public call for additional educational materials. We have been overwhelmed by the responses, not only by
The creation of The Refusenik Project would not have been possible without the support, commitment, and passion of our generous donors and partners. Thank you.
Frank Brodsky ● Gary Charlestein ● Wendy Eisen ● Nativ ● Glenn Richter ● Adele and Joel Sandberg ● Jewish LearningWorks ● Morey Schapira ● Peter Wexler ● Sandra Spinner ● Barbara Stern ● June and Ron Daniels ● Sheri and Paul Robbins ● Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union (UCSJ) ● Enid Wurtman